Originally Posted by SH3
It's not necessarily a matter of looking for the hardest passage but, some people hate philosophy passages (or politics etc.) so, in an effort to save time they'd leave that one until the end where they may have a chance to spend more time on it.
Personally, I wouldn't do this but, with little time left before one's MCAT date without time for improvement it can be a useful strategy.
Using a few of EK's tricks, I don't have any trouble finishing verbal within the time limit (wish i could say the same for PS).
Some people advise against digging for the "hardest" passage trick because it consumes extra time, but more importantly it could be a faulty trick because a "tough" sounding passage may have cake walk questions.
I'm not getting 13's or anything, but I'm around 8-9 for my first two practice tests, but my timing hasn't been bad and I'm far from a speedy reader.
EK says to just read the passage as quickly as you can but slow enough that you don't have to reread paragraphs. Their logic is that majority of the time is actually spent on answering questions and if you cannot understand or don't have an idea where in the passage to find relevant info, then you waste a lot of time hunting and rereading and falling into traps within the passage.