MCAT Question of the Day: What’s the best MCAT CARS Strategy for getting more questions right?

MCAT Question of the Day: What’s the best MCAT CARS Strategy for getting more questions right?

One of the questions that we hear most often from students is “How do I get more answers right on MCAT CARS practice passages and in the exam itself?”

That’s a critical question because your score depends totally on how many questions you answer correctly in the time allotted.

Now when you look at the methods described in most MCAT CARS practice books, they give you a lot of tips and tricks on how to answer questions. And when you learn these tips and tricks and use them on practice passages, the first thing you notice is that they don’t work very well. You’re still getting a lot of wrong answers.

And why is that? Well, it’s because these methods are anecdotal rather than scientific. Think of it this way. When a patient comes to see you with a serious medical condition, are you going to use tips and tricks to treat her.  No, You're going to use your basic knowledge of medicine combined with your reasoning ability to do a proper diagnosis and treatment.

The same is true in CARS. You have to have basic knowledge of how language works and the reasoning ability to use it properly. Like any other area of science, you need a clear analytical method of understanding what’s in front of you.

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MCAT Question of the day: How do I increase my speed on MCAT Practice Tests and CARS so I can increase my MCAT Score Range?

MCAT Question of the day: How do I increase my speed on MCAT Practice Tests and CARS so I can increase my MCAT Score Range?

One of the biggest questions that we get from students is “How do I increase my speed on MCAT Practice Tests and in the Exam, especially in CARS.

Since most students have the greatest problems with speed in the CARS section, let’s address that first.

To increase your speed in CARS you have to do two things: the first is to increase your Verbal Reasoning Skills, your knowledge of how to analyze passages and questions.

The second is to increase your overall brain functionality, so you can you can go through the CARS section and the other sections faster and with greater accuracy.

So how do you first increase your Verbal Reasoning Skills?

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MCAT Question of the Day: How to increase speed on MCAT Practice Passages, and in the MCAT Exam, especially in CARS?

MCAT Question of the Day: How to increase speed on MCAT Practice Passages, and in the MCAT Exam, especially in CARS?

One of the most frequently asked questions that we get from students is “How do I increase my speed on MCAT Practice Tests and in the Exam, especially in CARS?”.

Since most students have the greatest problems with speed in the CARS section, let’s address that first.

To increase your speed in CARS you have to do two things: the first is to increase your Verbal Reasoning Skills, your knowledge of how to analyze passages and questions.

The second is to increase your overall brain functionality, so you can you can go through the CARS section and the other sections faster and with greater accuracy

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What is a good MCAT CARS Score and How to Get It

What is a good MCAT CARS Score and How to Get It

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.

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Improve Your Speed on CARS Passages in weeks by mastering the fundamentals

Improve Your Speed on CARS Passages in weeks by mastering the fundamentals

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.

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Improve your CARS reading speed in weeks by quickly finding the main idea

Improve your CARS reading speed in weeks by quickly finding the main idea

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.

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One Exercise Will Reduce Your Test Taking Anxiety, Increase Your Focus, and Increase Reading Speed and Comprehension

One Exercise Will Reduce Your Test Taking Anxiety, Increase Your Focus, and Increase Reading Speed and Comprehension

The last decade has seen a revolution in neuroscience, particularly in our understanding of stress and how damaging it is to test taking performance. But knowing the cause also allows for the utilization of this very effective cure. Get it here.

 

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Improve your CARS Reading Speed by quickly finding the Key Ideas: Part I

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.

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Making CARS Passages Make Sense-Picking Out key Sentences Part II

Making CARS Passages Make Sense-Picking Out key Sentences Part II

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.

 

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How to understand the relationship of ideas to get lots more questions right

How to understand the relationship of ideas to get lots more questions right

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.

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