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Going over wrong answers for verbal

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by vicinihil, May 14, 2007.

  1. vicinihil

    vicinihil Member Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    How do you guys go about doing it? What do you guys learn from reading why you got something wrong? If you see a pattern how do you correct it? I think these are the big three questions that plague our verbally challenged group!
     
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  3. sehnsucht

    sehnsucht 2+ Year Member

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    i check why i chose the particular answers and apply them in my next practice runs. for a few times, i kept on choosing the wrong answer because I was using "external knowledge" in answering the passage questions. this is not the way to go. stick to the passage info and narrow down your answers from there. remember, the answers do not need to make sense to YOU; they just need to be the best answer out of the choices.
     
  4. hazel16

    hazel16 2+ Year Member

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    My practice test scores jumped a couple points when I went over my wrong answers and realized that the answer had to be 100%, absolutely correct. After that, if none of the answers sounded absolutely correct to me, even if I still liked one answer, I would mark it and go back to it at the end of the section. A different answer would usually jump out at me with that little extra perspective.
     
  5. PseudomonasPAO1

    PseudomonasPAO1 New Member 7+ Year Member

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    I mark the questions I got wrong and review them the next day. This allows me to relax and disconnect from the section, and re-approach the questions with a clear mind. I only read the solutions after the second attempt. I'm reaping the benefits of constant practice (1 EK101 "section" a day), my scores have gone up 2-3 pts in just a week!
     
  6. sehnsucht

    sehnsucht 2+ Year Member

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    this sounds like a good strategy. i have been doing EK as well and I have done 6 passages already but I seem to get stuck with 9-10 scores because some of the answers are tricky to deduce. i will try them out on some sections.
     
  7. vicinihil

    vicinihil Member Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    Thanks guys for the awesome advice. I never thought to "second attempt" a question. Just too lazy haha or tired from doing it the first time. I re-bought the EK 101 and will hit that when I'm home. Right now I'm working through the Kaplan home-study book for verbal.

    Anyone here have experience with berkeley review verbal and how it is?
     
  8. HristosKaran

    HristosKaran Junior Member 10+ Year Member

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    I've been doing the same thing, where I wait a day and go back over the questions...the only thing is on hard passages I'm too lazy to really go back in and reread the passage to get a jist of why one answer is right over another..I'm definitely going to have to change that soon lol.
     
  9. saylorsdad

    saylorsdad OSU-CHS OMSII 7+ Year Member

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    I don't know about you guys but this last mcat didn't allow for much extra reading. The sections were long enough that almost everyone who took the test went to the wire with around one minute or less remaining when finished "not rereading just getting through". It was a evil tough test. :smuggrin:
     

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