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MS2's take on verbal strategies

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by firebird69guy, May 17, 2007.

  1. firebird69guy

    firebird69guy 5+ Year Member

    Apr 19, 2004
    Sacramento, CA

    I took the MCAT twice. This was when it was a written test, not by computer. However, I had to retake because I got a 7 in verbal the first time around. Here's my strategy for raising my verbal to a 10 (which I thought was impossible).

    Here is what I did, and what I recommend to all you out there feeling that verbal is going to keep you from medical school.

    Step 1). Go buy ExamKrackers VERBAL 101 passages in verbal reasoning (it's the closest to the real thing IMO)

    Step 2). Drink coffee (preferrably espresso) immediately before taking the passage test.

    Step 3). Listen to yo yo ma while you sip your coffee.

    Step 4). Begin reading the passage, telling yourself that you are an astute professor from Oxford or Harvard and you are going to grade this person.

    Step 5). Time yourself so that at the halfway point, you are about halfway through the test (you should do ALL passages, forget princeton review's strategy of picking the easiest ones).

    Step 6). If you're getting 9s and 10s consistently, you're doing fine. This means you will probably get a 10 or maybe even 11 on the real thing. If you're way off, still getting 6s and 7s, you need to re-evaluate your selection and comprehension strategies..

    Anyways this is my 2 cents.. i hope it helps. Try it out, see if it works.

    Good luck!
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  3. scotties123

    scotties123 GrandMacDaddy 10+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2007
    not necessarily true. me for example, i consistently score 10-12 but only because of arts passages (imagine the computer is an arts passage+pissed+ ). but from what i hear the mcat is random. might get 3 artsy, 2, or even just 1 (garenteed at least 1). and plus u got a random curve to worry about. a friend of mine was scoring 12s on practice exams and got a 7 on the real thing. dunno if it was nerves or scaling, but either way he thought he was set and got screwed.
  4. badasshairday

    badasshairday Vascular and Interventional Radiology 10+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    Of course some of this is humor, but it really does hold truth. You seriously just need to practice verbal like crazy and the caffeine really helps you to focus on it better.

    Overall good strategy. :thumbup:
  5. drdocdocdoc

    drdocdocdoc 2+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2007
    thank you so much! this is what i needed to hear! i was getting 8-13 on all the practice tests, but i ended up getting a 7 on the 4/12 test :confused: . i am planning to retake it on 7/13.
  6. drdocdocdoc

    drdocdocdoc 2+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2007
    firebird, how much time did you give yourself before you retook the exam? a month? 2 months?
  7. Surf Rx

    Surf Rx 7+ Year Member

    Sep 20, 2006
    He said he took the test when it was still in the paper format. Those were only offered in April and August of each year, so I'd say he gave himself well over two months.

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