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Time per passage and question

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by moto_za, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. moto_za

    moto_za Member 10+ Year Member

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    How much time should you give yourself for each passage and question? I was thinking 2-3 minutes per passage and a minute per question? Most of the practice passages I have do not have a time indicated so just wondering how to calculate it.
     
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  3. NinjaMed

    NinjaMed 2+ Year Member

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    If you are referring to the MCAT Verbal Reasoning, then you should spend 2min30s reading the passage (approximately), and 1 min (approximately) per question.
     
  4. moto_za

    moto_za Member 10+ Year Member

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    Thank for the response. How about the science sections?
     
  5. SN2ed

    SN2ed Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

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    You should aim for about 6 minutes per passage in all sections.
     
  6. J ROD

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    I did verbal passages in 8 minutes. 3-4 minutes reading and the rest for questions.
     
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  7. Monkeymaniac

    Monkeymaniac Member 7+ Year Member

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    Searching through the Internet, I realized that the nubmer of questions for verbal section (CBT) is fixiated at 40. Is this right? Then I suppose that there will be six passages with aobut 7 questions per passage?
     
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  9. BerkReviewTeach

    BerkReviewTeach Company Rep & Bad Singer Exhibitor 10+ Year Member

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    That is exactly the timing you should use. For sciences, it's 2 minutes per passage and 1 minute per question, which will leave you with a 4-minute cushion in case your test is calculation heavy.

    For verbal reasoning, it's 2 minutes 30 seconds per passage and 1 minute per question, which will leave you with a 2 and a half minute cushion.
     

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