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EK Verbal Worth It???

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by scotties123, May 7, 2007.

  1. scotties123

    scotties123 GrandMacDaddy 10+ Year Member

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    i know alot of people say this book is a must have for verbal, but ive been reading reviews of it online and it seems that a good 1/3 of the book has unreasonable passages/questions/answers. the only reason im thinking about getting this book is because i do verbal almost every day and im starting to run out of verbal passages to work through. i use TPR A-D and verbal workbook now, but im gettin kinda low on passages. So, is Ek verbal worth getting despite the setbacks?
     
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  3. J ROD

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    I would say yes.

    Good enough practice. Just make sure to judge yourself off of the AAMCs.
     
  4. bluesTank

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    yes, get it if you need passages. They don't get much better to the real thing in my opinion.
     
  5. Anastasis

    Anastasis caffeinated for safety Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    Yes - if you need more practice, definitely get EK. It's actually pretty good prep (IMHO); however I think the scores tend to be 1 -2 points too low (at least for me).
     
  6. bluesTank

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    Wait, clarify that...do you mean that what you get on them is lower then on the actual MCAT or the other way around?

    Haha because I have been doing pretty well on them, so I was hoping I was improving :scared: since I haven't taken an actual practice test in a while.
     
  7. Anastasis

    Anastasis caffeinated for safety Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    Oh sorry - I meant that on EK (at least for me) I was scoring 1 to 2 points LOWER than AAMC tests (and the real deal).

    EK average 11 --> real deal 13

    That better? Sorry to freak you out! :)
     
  8. riceman04

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    I am curious to know if you hit a rut in your improvement in the verbal section.

    I just finished the last 8 passages of the verbal workbook (after reading the POE and MAPS section) and realized that, somewhere in my application of what I learned, I did pretty badly (compared to the previous 16 or so passages). I am trying to figure out why I am all of a sudden missing more questions. Got any suggestions?

    Thanks
     
  9. raptors

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    I'm finding that the Examkrackers verbal is much easier than Priceton. I don't know if anyone agrees with me on that.

    The passages I find are an easier read because they're interested. I find it difficult to get the main idea in Princeton passages.

    Anythoughts or am i just crazy?
     
  10. riceman04

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    That last passage #36 is crazy hard (at least when trying to read it at a 3 min read pace)...it caught me by surprise.
     
  11. bluesTank

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    Well, i'm relatively improved. I'm still not doing great, but on the timed passages i've done, I have been scoring about 70% on average, as opposed to 50-60% on practice TPR exams.
     
  12. bluesTank

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    Good news! That makes me feel a little more optomistic. :rolleyes:
     
  13. scoobie

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    Funny, I was gonna say that the EK passages were more difficult, but I'm realizing that they're just "different." I do agree that the passages are more interesting though, it's just that the questions are harder imo.
     
  14. Surf Rx

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    I agree. The passages are an easier read but the questions are definitely a little whack (for me at least). The explanations kinda suck too. It definitely is good practice though.
     
  15. scotties123

    scotties123 GrandMacDaddy 10+ Year Member

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    thanks guys, this helped alot. ill get them for sure now.
     

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