Examkrackers MCAT Verbal Reasoning and Math: 4th Edition

Examkrackers MCAT Verbal Reasoning and Math: 4th Edition

by Jonathan Orsay

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ISBN-13: 9781893858299
Publisher: Osote Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2003
Series: Examkrackers
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 108
Product dimensions: 8.46(w) x 11.12(h) x 0.24(d)

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For most students, the Verbal Reasoning Section is literally a test of their ability to comprehend what they have read. Such students read a question and choose the correct answer based upon what was said in the passage. If they do not arrive at an answer, they eliminate answer choices based upon what was said in the passage. If they still don’t arrive at an answer, they search the passage for relevant information that they may have missed or don’t recall. If they still don’t arrive at a single answer choice, which is likely to be about 50% of the time with this method, they repeat the process until they give up and make a random guess in frustration. This method uses only about 50% of the information provided by the test. When you consider that a portion of the questions on a multiple choice test will be answered correctly by luck, it’s no coincidence that the national mean score on the MCAT is attainable by answering only about 61% of the questions correctly. When you can’t identify an answer, ‘thinking harder’ (whatever that means) is not an effective solution. Nor is an effective solution to search the passage until the answer jumps out at you. However, both use up your precious time.
In addition to your understanding of the passage, there are four tools that you should use to help you answer the questions. These four tools go beyond your understanding of the passage. They force you to consider additional information presented to you in the question stems and answer choices that is often overlooked or otherwise noticed only on a subconscious level.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Introduction to MCAT Including MCAT Math1
Intro-1The Layout of the MCAT1
Intro-2The Writing Sample2
Intro-3How to Approach the Science Passages3
Intro-4MCAT Math4
Intro-6Scientific Notation8
Intro-7Multiplication and Division9
Lecture 1Strategy and Tactics19
1-1The Layout of the Verbal Reasoning Section19
1-2Other Verbal Strategies19
1-3Take Our Advice20
1-4Expected Improvement20
1-5The ExamKrackers Approach to MCAT Verbal Reasoning20
Lecture 2Answering the Questions27
2-1Tools to Find the Answer27
2-2Answer Choices34
2-3Identifying the Correct Answer35
2-4Simplification of the Question and Answer Choices36
2-5Marking Your Test to Improve Your Score44
2-6When to Bubble44
Lecture 3The Main Idea45
3-1The Main Idea45
3-2Constructing the Main Idea45
3-4Know Your Author46
3-5Ignore the Details and See the Big Picture46
Lecture 4How to Study for the Verbal Reasoning Section53
30-Minute In-Class Exams55
In-Class Exam for Lecture 155
In-Class Exam for Lecture 263
In-Class Exam for Lecture 371
Answers & Explanations to In-Class Exams79
Answers and Scaled Score Conversion for In-Class Exams80
Explanations to In-Class Exam for Lecture 181
Explanations to In-Class Exam for Lecture 290
Explanations to In-Class Exam for Lecture 399

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