When you look at the MCAT score range in different sections of the test, it’s clear that the section that students have the most difficulty with is CARS. In 2015, a score of 125 was the mean, and a 125 isn’t a score that is going to inspire any admissions committee. Yet a score of just 2 points higher, a 127, puts a student in the top 20% of test takers, and a 128 will really set an applicant apart. In this blog post, we’ll look at how to raise your MCAT percentile in CARS as the final step in not just getting into medical school, but gaining multiple admissions.Read More
Studying for the CARS Exam is no different than studying for an organic chemistry exam: you have to master the fundamentals. There are no ‘test taking techniques, tips or tricks’. Mastering the fundamentals or Rhetoric, Grammar, and Reflective Intelligence will give you the tools to succeed. Find out how.Read More
Finding the Main Idea in a passage is critical since all of the other Key Ideas are related to it. The Main Idea is what holds a passage together. Finding it quickly is the key to “how to increase reading speed and comprehension”. But in order to find the Main Idea quickly, you need to understand where it is located in different types of essays. Find out how.Read More
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80% of the questions on the CARS Exam deal with the Main Idea, Key Ideas, and the relationships between them. The ability to be able to pick out Key Ideas quickly is critical to success. Here’s the first of two steps in learning how.Read More
Learning Rhetorical Cues will allow you to pick out Key Sentences quickly and easily. Learn the types of words and word phrases here that authors use to signal that a sentence contains an important idea. Knowing these Rhetorical Cues will increase reading speed and comprehension.
One of the most challenging parts of the CARS Exam is combining Key Ideas and seeing what they ‘suggest or imply’. It’s never explicitly stated in the text. This involves clearly seeing the Relationship of Ideas using Reflective Intelligence, something that’s never taught in pre med programs. Learn how do do it here and make mastering the Relationship of Ideas a key part of your MCAT CARS strategy.Read More
Answering questions correctly requires analytical skills and an analytical model. Too many students get questions wrong because they answer them based on ‘what seems right’ rather than what satisfies a set of proven analytical criteria. It’s important to know how to improve reading speed and comprehension, but analyzing questions and answers requires a slightly different set of skills. Learn how to master them here.
You want to improve reading speed and comprehension. Getting faster and more accurate is a big job. But if you mastered physics and organic chemistry, you can certainly improve here, and improve dramatically. Here’s how.