Examkrackers MCAT Verbal Reasoning and Math

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The verbal preparation strategies espoused by most commercial test prep companies are outrageous, including such wild ideas as skipping entire passages, memorizing lists of 'key' or 'trigger' words, and using elaborate skimming and mapping schemes. These strategies are designed to move very low scores into the national mean, and, in our opinion, are actually counter-productive to scoring higher than the national mean. In this book, Jonathan Orsay suggests a practical approach which he and his students have used ...
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Overview

The verbal preparation strategies espoused by most commercial test prep companies are outrageous, including such wild ideas as skipping entire passages, memorizing lists of 'key' or 'trigger' words, and using elaborate skimming and mapping schemes. These strategies are designed to move very low scores into the national mean, and, in our opinion, are actually counter-productive to scoring higher than the national mean. In this book, Jonathan Orsay suggests a practical approach which he and his students have used successfully on the MCAT verbal section. He provides valuable insights into the mental and physical aspects of achieving a high score on the verbal section, as well as techniques employed by successful test-takers. Rather than presenting schemes and tricks, Orsay provides a powerful approach that is so practical and so obviously effective that you will wonder why you didn't think of it first. This book contains exercises with official AAMC material. Although there is no math section on the MCAT, your efficiency with scientific notation, proportions, and graphs will be reflected in your score. This book provides a brief review of these topics including time saving techniques with which you may not be familiar. Compare the qualifications of the author of this book with the author of any other MCAT prep book on the market. In many cases, the authors are students or individuals who have never taken a real MCAT. A PhD or an MD is no substitute for MCAT expertise. Jonathan Orsay's credentials are located on the last page of this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893858350
  • Publisher: Osote Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: Examkrackers MCAT Manuals
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Introduction to MCAT Including MCAT Math 1
Intro-1 The Layout of the MCAT 1
Intro-2 The Writing Sample 2
Intro-3 How to Approach the Science Passages 3
Intro-4 MCAT Math 4
Intro-5 Rounding 4
Intro-6 Scientific Notation 8
Intro-7 Multiplication and Division 9
Intro-8 Proportions 12
Intro-9 Graphs 15
Lecture 1 Strategy and Tactics 19
1-1 The Layout of the Verbal Reasoning Section 19
1-2 Other Verbal Strategies 19
1-3 Take Our Advice 20
1-4 Expected Improvement 20
1-5 The ExamKrackers Approach to MCAT Verbal Reasoning 20
1-6 Tactics 23
Lecture 2 Answering the Questions 27
2-1 Tools to Find the Answer 27
2-2 Answer Choices 34
2-3 Identifying the Correct Answer 35
2-4 Simplification of the Question and Answer Choices 36
2-5 Marking Your Test to Improve Your Score 44
2-6 When to Bubble 44
Lecture 3 The Main Idea 45
3-1 The Main Idea 45
3-2 Constructing the Main Idea 45
3-3 Confidence 46
3-4 Know Your Author 46
3-5 Ignore the Details and See the Big Picture 46
Lecture 4 How to Study for the Verbal Reasoning Section 53
30-Minute In-Class Exams 55
In-Class Exam for Lecture 1 55
In-Class Exam for Lecture 2 63
In-Class Exam for Lecture 3 71
Answers & Explanations to In-Class Exams 79
Answers and Scaled Score Conversion for In-Class Exams 80
Explanations to In-Class Exam for Lecture 1 81
Explanations to In-Class Exam for Lecture 2 90
Explanations to In-Class Exam for Lecture 3 99
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2004

    The Examkracker series is the way to go

    I have most of the books from the series and I didn't buy the whole package because I wanted to try it out little by little but I'm about to buy the last two books now. I took the MCAT 3 times and it wasn't until I started using this series that my verbal scores increased. I bought this book 2 weeks before the test, and I increased my score by 2 points. My sciences and writing were in the 11,12 and R range. my verbal needed major help. The ExamKracker techniques work. I've taken a Kaplan course, total waste of money, they canceled one of the two verbal lectures that we had and their techniques were not useful. With these techniques I finished early and had time to review while the other two times I didn't get to 1-2 passages with low accuracy. I have, since, changed my mind about medicine but I'm still using these books to study for the OAT. I even let my friends borrow them for their college basic science courses (especially physics).

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