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    Hi this is a thread where MCAT prep material is listed and evaluated for VMD users.
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    Review: Exam Krackers MCAT Verbal Reasoning

    Book Name Exam Krackers MCAT Verbal reasoning, 6th edition, Jonathan Orsay,2005, ISBN 1-893858-41-3 or 1-893858-42-1, Purchased from Amazon.com also see examkrackers.com

    Quick Review: Excellent book in that it has exercises to teach you new skills that are practical and useful for the MCAT verbal reasoning section.

    Rating: 9.5
    Where 1 is not useful at all and a waste of money to - 10 Will add many points to your total score.

    Detailed review: For many people, taking the MCAT is a major struggle with deep anxiety and pain and suffering. This book is one of the few books that does not give the well worn platitudes we see with the Kaplan products. For example, I used on the MCAT in 2005 the method I learned from a teacher who tutored for the SSAT & SAT. I used it very successfully on the GRE to get into the master program on the GRE inb 1993. This book explains why the SAT method will not work with the MCAT. Pure and logical. I also thought that speed reading was a key to a better MCAT score and have told people that. Ok, so I scored an 8 on the verbal reason in August of 2005 - not bad I told myself. I took the MCAT cold.
    This book teaches to the MCAT exam. I learned tons on how the MCAT is constructed in this book. Where the parts before the biology science are all to wear you out. Next I found out that there is a method to scoring high. This book gives you exercises to learn how to use these skills. Yea, you can use Kaplan 45 - but you are practicing to improve your skills - they just give you really tough passages and hope by osmosis you get better. It is all about learning skills. So this book impressed me. Now the proof is in the pudding as they say. My first Princeton review test using the new CBT format kick me - my VR score was a 5 on this monster. My actual score on the 2005 MCAT paper was a 8. After working this book up to lesson 4. I jumped to a 12. 4 bloody points improvement in actual time of three hours. I am expecting a few more points as I practice on more material. Will update as my journey continues.
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    Exam Krackers 101 passages in MCAT Verbal Reasoning

    Exam Krackers MCAT Verbal reasoning, 6th edition, Jonathan Orsay,2005, ISBN 1-893858-41-3 or 1-893858-42-1 is not the Exam Krackers 101 passages in MCAT Verbal Reasoning book. These are two different books.

    Exam Krackers 101 passages in MCAT Verbal Reasoning book is by ***** Orsay. This book is like most other Verbal reasoning books it only has passages and explanations to the answers it is the companion book to Exam Krackers MCAT Verbal reasoning, 6th edition, Jonathan Orsay.

    Quick Review: Excellent book in that the exercises are well explained.

    Rating: 9.0
    Where 1 is not useful at all and a waste of money to - 10 Will add many points to your total score.

    Detailed review: Comparing this book to the competition - which are AAMC practice tests, Kaplan, Princeton, and Barron's. This is like doing the AAMC practice tests but you get very good insight and it helps improve your scores. It is the companion book to Exam Krackers MCAT Verbal reasoning, 6th edition, Jonathan Orsay. So it has the same style. Use these two books together.
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    Review: MCAT Secrets

    If you do any kind of search on the internet with Yahoo, Google or Cha-Cha you will find a website that sells MCAT Secrets. This contentless website markets a PDF that is copyrighted. So I will not quote it. It offers a way to MCAT success. The version I have has four secret keys for success. It then tosses a bunch of stuff your way "that will help you" score a 40+ score. It has no practice problems or any thing concrete that will help you on the exam.

    I read the PDF and find you can get all of this and more in either Exam Krackers books. Since I rate things on a scale of 1 to ten where 1 is a total loss and ten is most helpful. I rate this a 1.0. I got it before the August 2005 MCAT. It was not additive to my limited self study experience for that test. So I suggest you save your money and not buy this.
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    Review: Princeton Hyper Learning Series

    The books are a part of the Princeton Review classes and are used in the classes as a guide. They are a comprehensive guide to every thing that has appeared on a MCAT test since 2000. There are formula's, application of formulas and topics in biology. If they have a weakness is in verbal reasoning process - as that they recommend the go back procedure. Which means you have to reread vs the ExamKracker method. I am rating these books a good solid 9.5 for the sciences and practice questions. The verbal books are an 8.5 with 9.0 practice questions.
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    Review: Kaplan MCAT 45

    MCAT 45 is a very good book. I normally don't like Kaplan because I find their stuff a bit round about. I remember in the August 2005 a poor noobie with Kaplan class flash cards before the biology exam. They had pictures of organic molecules. They were not on the exam. What you need is theory! Not mindless molecules to help you on the exam. (sorry my soap box came out).

    This book is good for one thing - it has the hardest practice questions in it out there with the exception being ExamKrakers Physics and Chemistry practice questions books. So is it a must have for the student wishing to get to the rare air of the 40's. I would say so! Rating 9.0 Work the questions with time stress.
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    Review: Exambuster MCAT Study Cards

    Those who know me know I am a Senior technical manager with Bearing Point. So in the past, I am on a plane a great deal. I needed something I could take with me. Part of the MCAT study is to have a core set of facts and formulas in your memory. So I purchased these cards for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They were less expensive and small so I could pull them out on a plane in my carry-on luggage.

    So what is my rating well 7.5. They miss the mark on one thing you really need for the exam - application and examples. However, for getting the basics in your head - they do hit the mark thus they are better than average. Good for a quick review of the concepts. Will they help you score better - well practice - practice - practice.
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    Out of the four parts of the MCAT: Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Writing Sample, which did you think was the hardest part overall? with the toughest theory related Q's? with the most formulas needed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosethorn_14 View Post
    Out of the four parts of the MCAT: Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Writing Sample, which did you think was the hardest part overall? with the toughest theory related Q's? with the most formulas needed?
    Verbal reasoning - reason it needs more practice and is not totally logical! read about the examkrackers stuff and think!!! Physical science is the easiest as that all the formulas are known. They just mess it up with verbage! Biology is last because they wear you down in the other sections! Bio has no formulas - They mess you up with reading! Don't memorize organic molecules - it is about thinking!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jameslynton View Post
    Verbal reasoning - reason it needs more practice and is not totally logical! read about the examkrackers stuff and think!!! Physical science is the easiest as that all the formulas are known. They just mess it up with verbage! Biology is last because they wear you down in the other sections! Bio has no formulas - They mess you up with reading! Don't memorize organic molecules - it is about thinking!
    so it's less memorizing and the material hardness, but the nature of the Q's that takes skill. As long as u study, it's more about you having to be able to understand them well?

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