Tips: MCAT Verbal Reasoning passages

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Tips: MCAT Verbal Reasoning passages

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Hello, I am from Gold Standard MCAT Prep and would like to share some tips on how to approach MCAT Verbal Reasoning passages.

As follows:

1. Identify the main idea, theme or argument of the passage

2. Identify the stance of the author; does he/she agree with whom he/she is arguing with? How is his/her opinion different from the other persons she mentions in the passage?

3. Know the different question variations and how to ‘attack’ them. Some question types are: straight recall of passage details, main idea type of question, inferential type, evidence analysis, ‘what follows next’ type, and the tone question.

For a complete description of these question types and tips on answering them, check out this forum post: ... tml#p11032

Good luck with your studies! :D

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Re: Tips: MCAT Verbal Reasoning passages

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This is related to the idea of improving verbal...

A lot of students ask: "Which newspaper is best for MCAT prep?"

At MCAT Publishing, INC, we believe that reading newspapers is not the way to go. At all. When you read a newspaper, you're trying to learn something. You're relating the information to outside knowledge you might have. You're forming questions about what you're reading and looking for answers to those questions; you can even click on new links or search for new topics to clarify a situation. You're engaging with the material. That is NOT good preparation for the MCAT.

When you take an MCAT, you should not be bringing outside information in. You should not be forming questions or wondering about the topics. The MCAT has already made questions for you, and that is ALL that matters. You should not be engaging with the information. Instead, you should be skimming for main topics, like "Paragraph 1 is about Giraffes and what they eat. Cool. Paragraph 2 is about other herbivores and evolution. Cool." That's all. If you see a question about giraffes, you jump back to paragraph 1 and then read carefully. (Much more carefully than you'd ever read the New York Times.)

So, please do not use newspapers to prepare for the MCAT.

We recommend that you do 3-6 practice passages per day from websites or books. Not only MCAT passages, but passages from other tests would also be extremely helpful. LSAT passages are awesome. GMAT passages, DAT, GRE, etc. Any passages written for timed, standardized exams would be very helpful. We've even had students do SAT passages, and then crush the MCAT C.A.R.S. section.

There are a million passages online to find - you'll never need a newspaper, I promise.

Best of luck to you!

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