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MCAT Prep HQ: Get the Score You Need for Medical School

Why Utilize This Prep Material?

  • Credible - Developed by doctors AND professional educators.
  • Realistic - Offers the most realistic MCAT experience available.
  • Up to date - Carefully aligned with the latest MCAT format.
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Qualified Authors

The writers of this prep program scored no less than (15) on the previous Verbal Reasoning section of the MCAT

Data-Driven

The entire developmental process for our material is data-driven, and ensures high reliability between proficiency on the prep materials and subsequent performance on the live test

Focused & Efficient

Our expertise lies specifically within the verbal reasoning section. We have focused our time creating a prep program based on our own experiences with feedback from medical doctors and students

Based On Feedback

The quality, rigor, and realistic authenticity of our prep program is, based on feedback from many students, head and shoulders beyond anything offered by any other prep company.

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Given the complexity of the material, you should be prepared to spend 4 to 8 weeks on this prep course. Doing well on this test requires recognition of patterns and a lot of complex inferential strategies, and it will likely take you some time to develop these skills. Of course, depending on your level of skillfulness in this area, this time could be expanded or contracted. It's important to note that for most students, cramming with intensive, incessant drilling/study in this particular area follows the law of diminishing returns, so you might find it helpful to allow enough time so you can comfortably absorb the strategies

The New Content Breakdown (Approximate)

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skill

30%

Foundations of Comprehension

30%

Reasoning Within the Text

40%

Reasoning Beyond the Text

Passage Content

50%

Humanities

50%

Social Sciences

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Strategies

This is an area of contention among test-takers. There is no secret formula and each person needs to find their own preference. Here we offer our own strategies, as well as the most popular strategies of students who have done well on this section of the MCAT. These are the (3) general strategies:

  1. Briefly scan questions 1st to get an idea of what you're looking for in the passage. Doing this will give you an indirect idea of passage tone and direction. Then go through the passage with those questions in mind.

  2. Read the passage once, and quickly, to get an overview. Re-read passage for clarification and depth. Read the 1st question and the selection choices, and if a choice seems accurate, select it. If there is confusion, reference back to the text for insight. (In time, and with practice, the ability to cross-reference back and forth between questions, selections, and text will improve)

  3. Read the passage with sufficient depth on your first read-through to then go directly to the questions

Given these (3) general strategies, there will obviously be iterations given the wide range of learning styles. For example, using Strategy (3) but finding yourself frequently re-reading certain parts of the passage based on the questions; reading the passage multiple times, then reading the questions; using Strategy (1) initially but then following Strategy (2)...

All that being said, here's our advice: Most of the test-writers of Test Prep Rx, all of whom scored in the 99th percentile on the verbal reasoning section, used Strategy (2), but we've gotten feedback from others who have used strategies such as (1) or (3), who have also have done extremely well on the test.

All we can do is offer you what we've found to be efficient and helpful strategies and let you discover, through practice, which strategies best suit your test-taking style. Regardless of which strategy you find most helpful, try to remain calm and focused - easier said than done, but with practice, coupled with our testing passages/questions, you should see noticeable improvement.

As an aside, you will find, if you look at other test prep materials, suggestions such as underlining key words or phrases, highlighting, summarizing paragraphs, coming up with themes, and others. While these strategies may work for a select few, we have yet to find many students who have successfully employed these strategies to produce top-tier scores on the MCAT, and so we advise against them as they tend to waste valuable time. A corollary to this thought is anyone contemplating a career in medicine must be in possession of a baseline intellectual aptitude sufficient to develop such insight. Therefore, strategies derived from an algorithmically-driven model (summarizing, underlining, mapping, purposing, timing) have little utility when confronted with inferentially-driven questions and are, in general, time-consuming and ineffective in an MCAT testing environment.

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