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Guest Post - MCAT CARS Section: How I Scored in the 93rd Percentile


This is a guest post from Janet U., the creator of smartmcatstudy.com

Preparing for the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section of the MCAT was tricky for me because there really isn’t a specific set strategy on how to answer the MCAT CARS questions. Either you understand the passage or you don’t. I’m a pretty good reader so answering questions for the easy passages was not a problem. But, when I got to the harder passages that dealt with philosophy or politics, I found myself struggling. I especially had difficulty dealing with the inference questions. I tried different strategies during the three months I was preparing for the test. By the time it was Test Day, I felt confident that I would do well, and I ended up scoring in the 93rd percentile. Here is what I did to score well on the MCAT CARS section.

Read for 15 Minutes Every Day

Read SOMETHING for 15 minutes every day to help boost your reading comprehension for the MCAT. It could be an ordinary novel, or it could be an article from an anthropology journal. Just get in the habit of reading regularly so that you will be able to tackle the ten passages in the CARS section. I liked reading the articles from the New York Times Business section because the articles usually contained topics I was unfamiliar with and they were fairly complex so I was forced to pay extra attention.

Do Three CARS Passages Every Day