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CARS Strategies for MCAT 2015


MCAT Passage Content:


  • Humanities, 50%: architecture, art, dance, ethics, literature, music, philosophy, popular culture, religion, theater

  •  Social Sciences, 50%: anthropology, archaeology, economics, education, geography, history, linguistics, political science, population health, psychology, sociology, studies of diverse cultures.

  • Notice that the MCAT2015 Verbal content no longer includes Natural Sciences.


Reading the passage:


1. Read for the author’s main idea

Read actively, constantly asking yourself questions. What does the author try to convey? What is the main thesis? What is this paragraph written for? Try to tell yourself what you’re reading is interesting even if you don’t believe it. The worst thing to do is to passively read the passage without focusing on its meaning or thesis.


2. Look for key sentences. Key sentences are usually in the beginning of each paragraph. Also pay extra attention to the first and last paragraphs. Usually, that is where thesis is (especially end of the last paragraph). Ask yourself, what is the author’s goal for this passage?


3. Map out the main ideas after each paragraph.  A few words or a sentence is all you need.


4. At the end of the Passage, summarize the main thesis.



Working with the questions


1.     Read the question stem carefully, paying attention to words such as: not, support, least, suppose. You have the feature to highlight questions stems; use it!


2.     Eliminate any answers that use extreme words such as: always, never, definitely, all, agree, disagree. Use the strike out feature, by double clicking on the answer to eliminate the answer choice.


3.     Go back to the passage for specifics.  A lot of times, the answer is in the passage!



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