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    I need help and advice on the verbal section on the MCAT. To sum it up, I can not finish!!! I always have at least 2 passages left. Any strategies, suggestions? Also my concentration ceases around the fourth passage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fresasncreme
    I need help and advice on the verbal section on the MCAT. To sum it up, I can not finish!!! I always have at least 2 passages left. Any strategies, suggestions? Also my concentration ceases around the fourth passage.
    u should probably ask people who made it into US med schools...
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    Hi, I'm taking it for the 3rd time. I've had trouble finising also. I got a 6 & a 7 on VR with a 25 and then a 26 overall last year. I've got Exam- cracker now and they say to forget all the speedreading advise. Forget skiping around trying to find the easier passages etc. Other than that, there are a few tricks for parsing out the wrong answers but overall just practice and to get a feel for the test and the tricks incorperated in the answers.
    I've been doing better with their advice averaging about a 9 or 10 on practice tests.

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    Try reading a lot when you have the time. Read magazines like TIME, or the news. Discuss them with your friends and family and then rate the news on the life spectrum scale.
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    Well why can you not finish on time? Do you give yourself a certain amount of time for each passage or just take as much as you think you need? Don't allow yourself to spend anymore time than 9 minutes on each passage. If a question seems too hard, just guess on it and move on. By leaving 2 passages in the end you hurt yourself more because those are points that you possibly could have gotten. You're given 85 minutes to do 9 passages. 85/9 = 9.44, so take 9 minutes per passage, no more because remember you have to fill in your grid sheet as well which you have about 4 minutes to do in the end so you should be fine with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by microphage
    u should probably ask people who made it into US med schools...
    Why? You know there are a lot of reasons people go to the Caribbean, and a lot of different scores among people there. I got 12 on verbal.

    To the OP: like SOE, I suggest reading a lot (I recommend The New Yorker and Utne Reader) and forcing yourself to read long articles all the way through without stopping. When I started studying, I also couldn't concentrate for long. But by the end of the summer, I had no problem focusing all the way through. It's just a matter of practise and discipline.

    Whenever you're reading, ask yourself "What's the author's point? What is this person's agenda/POV? What are they really trying to say?" Be on the lookout for sarcasm!

    I also second the recommendation for the ExamKracker VR book. The EK set is all I used to study and I did well.

    Good luck!

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    Are you planning to take the August MCAT? If so, I think it's going to be a lot harder to try speeding up your reading than trying to shore up weaknesses in PS or ** sections. So, I would focus on PS/**. It seems like you're averaging 8's on PS/** and if you raise those to 10's, you can make up the difference.

    Did you take a course from Kaplan or Princeton Review? Just the practice sets alone, if you're vigilant in staying with the syllabus, should give you more than enough practice in keeping time. Plus, the amount of practice I got per question type, really helped me on the MCAT for all sections.
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    Thank you guys for all the wonderful advice. Yes I do have ALL the examkrackers manuals and they are WONDERFUL. I am thinking about getting the MCAT minis for the week of the exam. Has anyone used these to study??? I am getting around 10 for both PS and ** (with the potential of 12 if i read some questions correctly). I agree it is kinda late in the game to read a plethora of magazines. I am trying to tackle some of the tricks in the multiple choice answers for the verbal section. I do have a couple weaknesses in chemistry and physics. "Solutions" problems scare me for some odd reason so I have to improve there. And Light and Optics problems for physics. As for the writing part....havent gotten there yet but I will!

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    I took the MCAT a few years out of college, non-medically-related major or degree, no review course. I'm not a fast reader by any means, so I just read the questions and looked up the answers quickly in the passage. I got an 11. I'm not entirely sure this is sound advice, it's just what worked for me. While practicing, you can find what works for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wendyalexandra
    I took the MCAT a few years out of college, non-medically-related major or degree, no review course. I'm not a fast reader by any means, so I just read the questions and looked up the answers quickly in the passage. I got an 11. I'm not entirely sure this is sound advice, it's just what worked for me. While practicing, you can find what works for you.
    Yes, but theater! You could speak the gobbly gook on this bastardized language! Me slanty eyed and can't read too well.
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