MCAT Question of the Day: How do I answer Weaken or Challenge questions?

MCAT Question of the Day: How do I answer Weaken or Challenge questions?

One of the biggest challenges that students have in the MCAT CARS Exam is answering questions. Getting a high MCAT Score in CARS, and getting high MCAT Scores in general are among the biggest challenges in medical school admissions.

In our last blog post we talked about how to approach questions in general and how to analyze “Support Questions”.  Let’s now take a look at “Weaken or Contradict” questions.

Let’s begin by reviewing the basic rules that apply to all questions:

Rule #1: 90% of getting the right answer is understanding the question fully. Again, that might seem kind of obvious, but one of the biggest causes of not getting the right answer is missing a single word in a question that can completely change it’s meaning. In order to make sure that you really understand every part of the question and what it’s asking you to do, you can follow these steps:

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MCAT Question of the Day: What are some proven biohacks or neurophysiological exercises that increase speed and comprehension in CARS Passages?

MCAT Question of the Day: What are some proven biohacks or neurophysiological exercises that increase speed and comprehension in CARS Passages?

Besides learning the basic elements of verbal reasoning like Grammar, Rhetoric, and Logic, there are a number of neurophysiological exercises or biohacks that you can use to increase your speed and comprehension.

It seems counterintuitive. The grades and success that you’ve enjoyed so far have all been the product of hard mental work, studying really hard and grinding it out. But the science is very clear, and the research is very deep on how engaging in certain practices that are totally physiological can significantly improve speed and comprehension. And when I say the research is very deep, we’re talking about over 10,000 peer reviewed studies from places like Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley, and other first rate research centers.

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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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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 do I answer Detail Questions?--Part I

MCAT Question of the Day: How do I answer Detail Questions?--Part I

One of the biggest challenges that students have in the MCAT CARS Exam is answering questions. Getting a high MCAT Score in CARS, and getting high MCAT Scores in general are among the biggest challenges in medical school admissions.

In our last blog post we talked about how to approach questions in general and how to analyze Challenge Questions.  Let’s now take a look at “Detail” Questions and Support Detail Questions in particular.

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How to Master Questions and Answers

How to Master Questions and Answers

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.

 

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More Ways To Increase Your Speed Reading Passages--We all need them

More Ways To Increase Your Speed Reading Passages--We all need them

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.

 

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Mastering Unfamiliar Topic Passages

It seems really strange to test pre-med students on passages dealing with topics like 16th Century Legal History or Francis Bacon’s Philosophy. It doesn’t help to improve reading speed if you don’t understand what you’re reading. But you can master these passages even though you’re never studied these topics and knowing how to read them can greatly increase your score

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Rhetorical Devices and Vocabulary--Part I

50% of CARS Passages deal with the humanities. These essays are both complex and use language in very different ways that science or social science texts do. But if you master 5 basic Rhetorical Devices and increase your humanities vocabulary, you can greatly increase you speed and comprehension.

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