Tim deserves some credit here. This guy has pointed out a great tip. Interesting enough, and to support his claim, I offer this up. My wife recently decided to apply to medical school after some time away. She purchased two or three Princeton Review manuals, and routinely got bogged down with the passages in the physical sciences. For the heck of it, I decided to try to answer a few questions to see what little knowledge I had retained. I started by using Tim's tip, and ignoring the passage. I answered 4 of the first 5 questions correctly (not really statistically significant..lol), but I was surprised to learn that when reading the answer explanations in the back of the testing book, I found this quote on three of the 5 questions..."the question was answerable without any reference to the passage".... This goes to support what another poster had mentioned in agreeing with Tim, the passages themselves may indeed be part of the obstacle. Anyway, I think Tim deserves some much deserved applause for a great tip, that is obvious and helpful to potential applicants.