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How long to spend on each science passage?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by makingthejump, Oct 29, 2014.

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  1. makingthejump


    Dec 16, 2013
    When practicing passages in PS and BS, how long should I spend for each passage? Also, do you guys read the questions or the passage first? Thanks!
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  3. efle

    efle not an elf Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2014
    Skim the passage, you should be able to quickly determine if it's a straightforward one on a familiar topic or a curveball on something you've not seen much before (there's usually one or two weird, dense passages per section). If it's a weird one, really read it.

    Then do the problems, referring to the passage as needed. Total time per should be about 7 minutes on average (that leaves you a few extra minutes for the tougher passages and double checking the toughest problems). Discretes should be like 30 seconds each.
  4. Jack Westin

    Jack Westin CARS Instructor Lifetime Donor Gold Donor Silver Donor Bronze Donor Exhibitor 5+ Year Member

    Sep 11, 2011
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    Try read the passage and do the questions within 6-7 mins. For verbal, stick to around 8-9. The key is to do practice passages every day and to time yourself whenever you practice.
  5. NextStepTutor_1

    NextStepTutor_1 Next Step MCAT Tutor Exhibitor 2+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2014
    SDN Exhibitor
    You must explore available strategies to ensure you get one that works for you, but whatever one you go with your timing will be the same. Aim for around 8 minutes on AVERAGE. Some will take longer, some will take shorter, but 8 minutes is a good benchmark for your average time per passage.

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