DAT PAT Pattern Folding Strategy Guide for 2020 [Updated]

The Pattern folding on the Perceptual Ability Test is key for the best score performance. These type of questions usually are pretty straight forward and while they might seem intimidating at first, we will show you exactly why you should not fear them. In fact, the best thing that you can do is to practice and follow a good solving strategy.

Below you’ll find a brief introduction to pattern folding on the DAT.

Introduction to Pattern Folding

For this section of the Perceptual Ability Test, you will see a flat unfolded pattern. You are required to mentally manipulate it and fold it into a 3D figure. Your task is to find which of the answer choices given is the correct one for the particular figure. The image below presents an example of this.

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PAT Pattern Folding on PATCrusher

Remember that there will only be one correct answer to each question. In the example above the solid lines of the figure represent where it will be folded. Make sure to keep that in mind when selecting an answer choice.

The best way to solve these questions is to find a unique shape in the answer choices. Then see if it appears in the flat folded object. You can easily eliminate answer choices and be left with the correct option. It takes time to understand and get better at finding and picking the right shape to test with the question. Although, with practice as with every other section, pattern folding can become an easy section on test day.


Hopefully, you have noticed that pattern folding in the PAT is pretty straight forward and you know that you should focus your efforts on doing as much practice as you can. This can be accomplished with the help of a great service for preparation like PATCrusher. With it, you can get tips, strategies and examples for the pattern folding section of the Perceptual Ability Test in the DAT.

PAT Cube Counting - A Guided Introduction 2020 [Updated]

Cube counting is usually thought of as an easy section, however, it should not to be taken lightly. In fact, the Perceptual Ability Test doesn’t have problems that are just plain and simple. You’ll likely have to put effort into each and every single question you face on exam day.

What you’ll find below is a simple introduction to cube counting. If you want more material on this subject you should check out some of the resources available at PATCrusher. As with every other section of the PAT and the DAT, you want to practice a lot. After all, most of these problems become much easier once you meet a certain level of preparation.

Introduction to Cube Counting

In a cube counting question you will be presented with a figure made of connecting cubes, all of them are the same size. Your task here is to give the right answer as to how many cubes in the figure would have a certain number of sides painted if a bucket of paint were to be dropped on top. You’ll have to examine the figure and determine how many cubes have either of the following characteristics.

Cube Counting Practice

This is it for the basics of cube counting. Let’s review an easy example of this kind of problem below. In the figure below, figure A, how many cubes have one side painted? Painted is also another way of saying exposed.

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cube counting patcrusher

Cube counting questions can be answered easily based on a simple strategy. This is making a tally table of all the cubes present in the problem. Ideally, you would identify the left side of the table with numbers from 0 to 5, representing the sides painted. Then, you move on to do the tally of every individual line or column of the figure. After you’re done making a tally for every column or line, you then have to make a total by counting the tallies. This should be enough to get the correct answer to the problem. A good way to check is to count the number of cubes in the figure and compare it to the total number of tally marks.

We recommend that you practice at least 10 -12 questions every day. Start your practicing 30-60 days before the exam. The average student studies for the DAT for 45-60 days. Some may need more time or less to grasp the section so start early and see how you feel.


Remember that this is just one example of cube counting for the Perceptual Ability Test of the DAT. You should definitely get a lot more examples and problems to solve.

You can get much more information, practice questions, solving strategies, tips and examples at PATCrusher. Feel free to sign up for a free account. Once you experience the depth of features and quality of the content, you’ll be more than set to prepare for the Perceptual Ability Test of the DAT.

DAT Hole Punching: PAT Guide for 2020 [Updated]

The Perceptual Ability Test, or PAT, has over 90 questions to answer. In this particular introduction, we will be focusing on hole punching. This PAT section can be easily cruised through with the right preparation. The best type of preparation is one that involves a lot of practice. Since this is just a simple introduction to the PAT hole punching, you’ll likely want to look for more examples. This is why we recommend PATCrusher as it is, in our opinion, the best resource of quality solutions and examples for the DAT hole punching practice.

Let’s go ahead and tell you what this section is all about.

Introduction to Hole Punching.

For this section of problems, you will see a square piece of paper which is folded on itself a number of times. It can be folded from one to three times. Then, it’s time for hole punching for one or more holes at particular locations on the folded paper.

You will have to mentally unfold the piece of paper in an effort to present the exact location of the holes punched. The image below is an example problem like the one you can expect to find in the PAT.

Hole Punching PATCrusher

Each hole punching question will have, visible lines and dashed ones. You can see this in the example from above. The solid lines indicate the fold location of the paper. The dashed lines show the original position of the paper before any foldings.

Rules for Hole Punching problems.

  1. You wont find a question where the paper is folded across the edges of the initial configuration.
  2. The paper may not be twisted or turned under any circumstance.
  3. For every hole punching problem, there's one and only one correct answer.


Remember that this is just an introduction to DAT hole punching. You can certainly get a lot more examples, solutions and strategies from PATCrusher. There is a lot of ways to visualize the solution for these problems, your main focus to master this section should be practicing. The more you do it the better you’ll score at the DAT.

Pay close attention to each figure and make sure to use every example that you come across to improve your understanding of how to solve hole punching problems. Remember, there are always more examples and tips waiting for you.

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.

Feel completely free to check out PATCrusher for more information, strategies, and examples. In addition, you can get a free 7 day trial. Without more to add let’s begin with our introduction to the Top-Front-End for the PAT.

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.