DAT Keyholes

The first of the six Perceptual Ability Test (PAT) sections when taking the Dental Admission Test (DAT exam) is called the Keyholes . In this article we will introduce you to the section and teach you how to go about solving the keyholes game. You will be dealing with different spatial skills tests that you need to pass in order to get a good score. Luckily for you, we’ve got a few tips for you in this introduction to DAT keyholes.

What you’re about to read is meant only as an introduction to the Keyhole questions. To skip through the guide and go directly to solving practice questions you can find great material by clicking the link below the article.

Introduction to PAT Keyholes.

If you pay attention to the image below, you’ll notice that for a 3D object there are five outlines being shown. These outlines represent the keyholes of the exercise. You’ll need to imagine how the object looks from all directions and the pick an option that shows an opening through which the object can pass directly if at the correct side.

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PAT Keyholes Rules.

There are several rules that you’ll need to follow for the keyholes questions while solving the practice or the real exam. Let’s begin with them as follows:

  1. You can turn or twist the object however you like before passing it through the keyhole. Incidentally, the object may even be inserted through the opening side not shown.
  2. Once you begin to insert the object through the keyhole, then it cannot be twisted or turned anymore.
  3. Everything that you see in the problem is drawn at scale. This means that it's technically possible for a side to have to correct shape but be too large or too small for the keyhole.
  4. You will not find any irregularities in the figures. You do need to be aware of the symmetry of the figure. It's very likely that if the figure seems symmetrical, the hidden side is the same as the shown side.
  5. Every single problem of this section has one and only one correct answer This is pretty much the same for all other problems in the PAT.

Recommended Study Schedule for PAT Keyhole.

To best be equipped for the keyhole section it is advised that you do at least 10-15 questions everyday before taking the exam. We usually recommend a minimum of 1 month to prepare for the entire DAT exam and incorporating 10-20 minutes of keyhole seems like a small price to pay to crush this section. So, everyday try to do 15 questions which will get you to 450 over the course of a month, allowing you to remember the techniques and practice them before the exam.


Remember that this has only been an introduction to the part of the PAT that deals with keyholes. You can get much more help for this and other sections of the Perceptual Ability test from PATCrusher Keyhole Generator and by taking practice exams. There’s definitely a lot more to this than just an example. So, feel free to check out other examples and strategies to ace the DAT keyholes in your PAT.

PAT Top Front End

Let us introduce the most petrifying section for the Perceptual Ability Test of the Dental Admission Test, or DAT, the Top-Front-End. They are the section section of the PAT. What you’re about to read below is only meant as an introduction to the TFE questions.

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Introduction to Top-Front-End

For this section of the Perceptual Ability Test, PAT, you will be dealing with three different view points. The top, front, and end views of a particular object. There is no perspective given to any of these view points.

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Top Front End Practice and TFE Generator

The point of vision shown on the surface is viewed along parallel lines of vision. The projection looking down on is usually shown in the upper left-hand corner, this is known as the top view. It is missing in this question as the part to be solved for..

The projection looking at the object from the front is shown in the lower left-hand corner. This is known as the front view. Finally, the projection looking at the object from the end is shown in the lower right-hand corner. This is known as the end view. Regardless of what anyone tells you, these views are always found in the same positions. In any case, they will also be labeled to let you know which are they. Check the image above as an example of this.

For the Top Front End section, you will be given two views with four choices to complete the set of projections. Your task is simply to select the correct answer. Meaning the image that better fits the other views shown. The image above provides an example of a question for the Top-Front-End section of problems of the PAT.

Recommended Study Schedule for PAT TFE.

This section is very challenging and it is advised that you do at least 20 questions everyday. Scheduling a full PAT exam every weekend would also be a smart plan as it helps with getting you into the mode of working faster when solving these PAT questions. Remember you have 60 minutes to solve 90 questions.


Hopefully, you can build upon your knowledge with strategies based on our brief introduction to the Top-Front-End of the PAT. Remember that this is just one example of many different problems that you may encounter during the PAT.

If you’re expecting to ace the Perceptual Ability Test without issues, you will need alot more practice. Practice that you can get at PATCrusher using the PAT Top Front End Generators (TFE Generator). Feel free to try out different strategies to solve all the types of questions you may encounter.

PAT Hole Punching

Introduction to the DAT Hole Punching

This part of the PAT is called the Hole Punching section containing 15 total questions in which you are provided with a square sticky note size paper that is folded three times. At a specific location, the paper is hole punched. The question asks you to mentally unfold the paper and determine where the holes would be present if it was unfolded back to the original square piece of paper. Below is a great example similar to what you will encounter on the PAT Hole Punching section of the DAT:

DAT test makers try to make questions harder than they need to be by adding full hole punch and half. It is unlikely every question you will encounter on the exam will have both. Looking at fold 1 you can see the solid lines within the paper showing you the paper folded while the half cut lines indicate the original unfolded piece of paper.

Remember the Following:

  1. The paper never goes beyond the original position or the dashed lines.
  2. We never mentally turn the piece of paper, It is locked in the position.
  3. Like for any question on the exam there is only one correct answer