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How do you do your verbal?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by Richter915, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. Richter915

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    Do you pop it open and go straight through in order or do you go to each passage and figure out your order from there. At first I did the straight through method, then I tried to go through the verbal and order myself, and now I'm back to going straight on through.
     
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  3. qtrlifecrisis

    qtrlifecrisis Left of the middle

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    straight on through...i figure i'm going to answer them all anyway, so might as well not waste time "triaging".
     
  4. poppytart

    poppytart strawberry that is

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    I did it straight through...i think its time consuming to order them for a cbt.
     
  5. The Force

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    I'm sorry, but going through and ranking passages is probably the most ridiculous strategy I've ever heard. I'm assuming that those who use this strategy already have trouble finishing. Why waste a large chunk of time "evaluating" the passages? You can't really know how easy or hard a passage is until after you read it and answer the questions. Straight through is the way to go.
     
  6. killinsound

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    i think its funny to rank passages because its kind of banking on NOT finishing all the passages.
     
  7. finality333

    finality333 fĭ-zĭsh'ən

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    I read really really really fast and answer the questions on the right hand side......REALLY FAST....then i press next......PRESS IT FAST TOO. HAHAHAHAH
     
  8. bluesTank

    bluesTank Zombie

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    First, I bend over, and then.....:eek:....

    I get a 7
     
  9. mongrel

    mongrel Assoc. Prof. Dogsuit

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    I do verbal like I do my women. Straight through, no bells and whistles or wasting time trying to predict what something will be like-- I just jump right in.

    And oh yes. I always finish.
     
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    I completely agree, it's a waste of time and hard to judge anyway.
     
  11. Lshapley

    Lshapley Old Man Med Student

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    I only triage a passage if it is really nasty. If I find myself unable to understand what the author is trying to say, then I save it for last. I end up doing that about every other practice MCAT. Also, on my computer at home, I lost seven minutes the other night going from the final screen to review omitted, so I am really hesitant to go to the final screen anymore.
     
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    I always go in order and answer every question even if it is a guess. I have always been paranoid I would bubble in the wrong questions if I skiped one. I guess the CBT does eliminate that problem. I do not read the questions before the passage. However I am actively reading antisipating MCAT type questions. I find it helpful to read the first paragraph and last paragraph first. This gives me a quick idea of what the passage is really about. Then I skim the first paragraph again and begin reading the remaining passage. I often found I got lost in the passage. But know since I have an idea of what the author is trying to say, I am usually able to see how this paragraph relates back to what the author is trying to say.
     
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    I actually do the opposite - when practicing, I notice that I always get sloppy by the end of the section (just from burnout). so if a passage looks easy (like science/politics/econ), I might skip it to hit the harder ones first (e.g. social criticism), so my mind will be sharp.

    note: I always finish VR with minutes to spare, so I'm not too worried that a skipped, easy passage will not get completed. if you run out of time, this strategy would be horrible.
     
  14. HristosKaran

    HristosKaran Junior Member

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    I'm the exact opposite, I always try to find the easiest passage first, because I notice I'm more into the groove after a passage or two...I usually save the really hard ones for the very end. That way if I guess, at least I would probably of been guessing anyways :laugh:
     

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