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The verbal Passage IV in Berkeley Review's CBT 3 is EXACTLY THE SAME AS the verbal Passage III in AAMC CBT 9 ! I can not believe it! I did Berkeley's CBT 3 just 3 days ago, and then did AAMC CBT 9 this morning. I was demoralized when I saw a passage I just saw. Man, we practice on verbal passages so that we know how to deal with unfamiliar passages, but Berkeley Review defied this very purpose, especially as I wanted to estimate my score from AAMC exams!

Not to mention that Berkeley's CBT interface has so many bugs! Very often it does not allow me to review a finished CBT, showing "Developer Debug" error messages. I thought Berkeley's CBT would simulate the real CBT, but its interface does not look like AAMC's at all! If I pause during a session and then resume, the clock restarts from full 70 minutes. Unlike AAMC, it does not allow me to skip sessions, even during a review. Et cetera. Berkeley's CBT is such a waste of money, I'm really angry about it!

(To be fair, Berkeley's homestudy BOOKS are great. But forget about their CBTs)
 
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G1SG2

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The verbal Passage IV in Berkeley Review's CBT 3 is EXACTLY THE SAME AS the verbal Passage III in AAMC CBT 9 ! I can not believe it! I did Berkeley's CBT 3 just 3 days ago, and then did AAMC CBT 9 this morning. I was demoralized when I saw a passage I just saw. Man, we practice on verbal passages so that we know how to deal with unfamiliar passages, but Berkeley Review defied this very purpose, especially as I wanted to estimate my score from AAMC exams!

Not to mention that Berkeley's CBT interface has so many bugs! Very often it does not allow me to review a finished CBT, showing "Developer Debug" error messages. I thought Berkeley's CBT would simulate the real CBT, but its interface does not look like AAMC's at all! If I pause during a session and then resume, the clock restarts from full 70 minutes. Unlike AAMC, it does not allow me to skip sessions, even during a review. Et cetera. Berkeley's CBT is such a waste of money, I'm really angry about it!

(To be fair, Berkeley's homestudy BOOKS are great. But forget about their CBTs)
Are you talking about that yeoman farmer passage? Because one of the TPR exams has that passage as well and when I got to the BR exams that was my 3rd time doing that passage :rolleyes: Dunno why companies do that, it's ******ed. Pissed me off as well.

Anyway, yeah, the format doesn't really represent AAMC's format...but if you can get past that, the exams are really great in terms of practice, and I think the verbal in those exams really helped me out.
 

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The verbal Passage IV in Berkeley Review's CBT 3 is EXACTLY THE SAME AS the verbal Passage III in AAMC CBT 9 ! I can not believe it! I did Berkeley's CBT 3 just 3 days ago, and then did AAMC CBT 9 this morning. I was demoralized when I saw a passage I just saw. Man, we practice on verbal passages so that we know how to deal with unfamiliar passages, but Berkeley Review defied this very purpose, especially as I wanted to estimate my score from AAMC exams!

Not to mention that Berkeley's CBT interface has so many bugs! Very often it does not allow me to review a finished CBT, showing "Developer Debug" error messages. I thought Berkeley's CBT would simulate the real CBT, but its interface does not look like AAMC's at all! If I pause during a session and then resume, the clock restarts from full 70 minutes. Unlike AAMC, it does not allow me to skip sessions, even during a review. Et cetera. Berkeley's CBT is such a waste of money, I'm really angry about it!

(To be fair, Berkeley's homestudy BOOKS are great. But forget about their CBTs)
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i was pretty annoyed when i saw the agarian myth passage on the practice AAMC test after having taken the BR tests. to people who buy the BR tests, don't take verbal for test 3 if you intend to take all the AAMC tests.

anyways, i totally relate because i had a lot of the same problems as you. for one of the passages (one on chromatography/elution) the table is missing information needed to answer the questions. i think it was test 4 or 5.