July 23, 2017

Physics plays a relatively minor role in the new MCAT. In fact, only one quarter of the questions on the Chemistry/Physics section actually test general physics knowledge. From my experience teaching MCAT physics, many mistakes people make on this section of the exam are due to errors in mathematical reasoning rather than physics content knowledge. Two common mistakes include:

  1. Units

When carrying out calculations o...

July 4, 2017

The writers of the MCAT assert that its critical analysis and reasoning section, also known as CARS, tests three skills – comprehension, reasoning “within the text,” and reasoning “beyond the text.” Comprehension questions may ask, for example, about the overall theme of the passage or the meaning of particular words in context. Reasoning questions, by contrast, challenge the test-taker to analyze and evaluate the autho...

June 27, 2017

When I taught high school science in D.C. Public Schools, my colleague had a saying whenever he would assign lengthy class projects. “There’s only one way to eat an elephant,” he would say, “one bite at a time.” Although his advice was intended for our class of grumbling adolescents, I found it increasingly applicable to my own extra-curricular project – studying for the MCAT. Breaking the MCAT down into manageable chun...

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