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English major - safe to dedicate less time to VR?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by Elizabethx89, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. Elizabethx89

    Elizabethx89 Banned Banned

    Jul 23, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2014
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  3. question25

    question25 2+ Year Member

    Jul 31, 2014
    maybe, but I would at least a take a full practice verbal section before making that decision
  4. RoadNurse33

    RoadNurse33 2+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2014
    Agree with above poster. I was in same position as OP; post bac with liberal arts undergrad. Just do a few practice sections to get back into the swing of it. Verbal was easily my best section, followed closely by bio. Go figure...they both heavily rely upon the same skills.
  5. Elizabethx89

    Elizabethx89 Banned Banned

    Jul 23, 2013
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  6. jazzcatastrophe

    jazzcatastrophe 5+ Year Member

    Oct 21, 2011
    If you have strong enough reading comprehension/inference skills, then I would say that yes you can pretty much skip VR prep. I've always been a very strong reader, and I did a grand total of a single VR section from one of the AAMCs during my studying, and got a 12. Do a full section to test yourself, and if that goes well, I would put it on the back burner until you're confident with your science content
  7. oneirologist

    oneirologist 2+ Year Member

    Mar 1, 2013
    I don't think you can decide that until you take several practice exams. Just because you are good at English / reading comprehension doesn't NECESSARILY mean you will be good at MCAT VR.
  8. justadream

    justadream 5+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2011
    Take a practice test. If you score 13+, you're more than good. Don't devote time to VR.

    From your small sample, 8/10 is around 10-11-level. I started around there and after continuous practice, never improved. It's your judgement as to whether you would benefit more from putting that time into the sciences.
  9. Elizabethx89

    Elizabethx89 Banned Banned

    Jul 23, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2014
  10. tdod

    tdod 5+ Year Member

    Oct 30, 2011
    taking a practice test is a good idea. my guess is that you will find that you do need practice however; practicing verbal is mostly about mastering timing, and i don't see how any major could prepare you for that.
  11. stayingpositive2014


    Sep 24, 2014
    I second tdod. Verbal is easy breeze for me but timing it is a different story. Practice timing-- because even if you KNOW all the material, it won't show if you don't have time to answer questions!

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