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Apparently this one hour break is called the "writing section."

Anyway, I'm a fast typer (140 wpm) and good at bullsh.itting, so I haven't spent any time reviewing for this section (and I'm sure most people haven't either).

For those of you that are familiar with it - is there a certain format that is preferred? For example, are we supposed to break it up into paragraphs, are we supposed to have indentions, etc. Thanks for your help!
 

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You want paragraphs. Double space to indicate a new paragraph. I didn't do much practice or review for this section at all. I just wrote a few practice essays a week before the test. You definitely want to stick to answering the questions in the prompt though.
 

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You want paragraphs. Double space to indicate a new paragraph. I didn't do much practice or review for this section at all. I just wrote a few practice essays a week before the test. You definitely want to stick to answering the questions in the prompt though.

Thanks bud. Any particular format? Ie - first paragraph argue for, then argue against, or anything like that?
 

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I usually end up doing 3-4 paragraphs. There are three parts to each prompt. So one paragraph for each one. For all the FLs I did, I usually finish with the scrollbar appearing on the writing box. That's how I gauge if it's long enough.
 
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I usually end up doing 3-4 paragraphs. There are three parts to each prompt. So one paragraph for each one. For all the FLs I did, I usually finish with the scrollbar appearing on the writing box. That's how I gauge if it's long enough.

Three parts? I think you're referring to 1 paragraph for support, 1 paragraph for against, and 1 paragraph talking about what distinguishes them. correct?
 
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honestly i didnt put much effort into the WS. I finished each essay in around 10-15 mins and ended up with a mediocre essay score. I didnt really care much about that anyways. I doubt many med schools look at your mcat and say stuff like OMG YOU ACED THE WS? YOU MUST BE A GENIUS. so I put in barely anything for that section and got a mediocre score. This time my strategy will be the same, except ill put in even less work so I can have a nice break before bio which can be pretty tough on the real deal.

I think if you care about your writing score you should mainly make sure your grammar is good and you dont hae a ton of typos that makes you sound stupid. Im pretty sure those are the main things.
 

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honestly i didnt put much effort into the ws. I finished each essay in around 10-15 mins and ended up with a mediocre essay score. I didnt really care much about that anyways. I doubt many med schools look at your mcat and say stuff like omg you aced the ws? You must be a genius. So i put in barely anything for that section and got a mediocre score. this time my strategy will be the same, except ill put in even less work so i can have a nice break before bio which can be pretty tough on the real deal.

I think if you care about your writing score you should mainly make sure your grammar is good and you dont hae a ton of typos that makes you sound stupid. Im pretty sure those are the main things.


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I've heard people use the VR vs WS excuses to justify each other. Im gonna use the good WS to justify a bad VR....

I'm averageing between Q and S of TPR's standards, so you'll be OK.
 

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paragraph 1: define what the prompt means
paragraph 2: support the prompt w/ examples
paragraph 3: give examples that contradict the prompt
paragraph 4: generate a "rule" where you can help the reader decide when the prompt is applicable.
 
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