Originally Posted by MedPR
Well I won't know my real VR score until May 8, but I was averaging a 12 (up from 7-8 from the beginning of MCAT prep) on the AAMC FL verbals and I didn't use any of the "strategies" prep companies suggest.
Basically I would read the passage carefully and focus on the main idea, tone, and conterpoints/counterarguments to the main idea. I found that the majority of the questions could be answered from that knowledge. I tried to stay under 7 minutes per passage, but that didn't always work out. Typically I would spend about 4.5 minutes reading, then a couple of minutes answering the questions. By reading slowly and carefully, I saved time by not having to go back to the passage while answering questions. I very rarely (less than 1 question per passage, on average) had to look back at the passage.
The vast majority of the questions I got wrong were the detail based questions.
that's very encouraging! thanks!
but how did you practice it? how much did you practice per day?
I've heard of people saying that when you do it you should do an hour so you get used to staining focused one hour (which makes sense, since I can see a big difference from just doing a couple of passages vs. 7 passage test). But then I'm afraid of running out of material.
Would you recommend reading The Economist, Time Mag, and such?