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Verbal Improvement? Nope

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by bajoneswadup, Apr 13, 2012.

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  1. bajoneswadup


    Mar 26, 2011
    I think every single AAMC or EK1001 verbal I've taken I've gotten a 9. My errors are random, and there's no real patterns. 2 weeks till MCAT and this is seriously annoying me! I honestly think I'm doing something terribly wrong, but I don't know what it is because the errors are so sporadic. Does anybody have any advice besides the normal "try EK it worked
    for me"?

    Also, the one thing I did notice is that sometimes I miss a question b/c "the author never talked about it". Should I assume that if something isn't mentioned in the passage, unless "implied", it's always wrong? Maybe I'm tryfacing too hard I suck, IDKk what to d0-.-
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  3. piojita63

    piojita63 2+ Year Member

    Aug 25, 2011
    Hey! I have that problem too: "the author never mentions..." or "the author didn't specifically state" etc... To me it is especially counter intuitive when you are asked to "infer" on other questions. I guess we are "inferring" when we shouldn't. I don't really have any advice for you other than keep practicing. I sure am! I don't think a 9 on verbal is too shabby either!
  4. TBR_Doc

    TBR_Doc Lifetime Donor 5+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2012
    Unless they ask you to infer, then never pick an answer choice that isn't in the passage. What has helped me is always picking the answer choice that I think the author would pick. I used to argue with the answer choices, but now I just go with the one most consistent with the main idea.
  5. ryanjacobs


    Apr 13, 2012
    I have to agree with DocAbroad. I've had many questions for which I could make the case that multiple answers are correct. But if you imagine you're the author and try to pick the answer he/she would select, it makes it a bit easier. I also think that more practice gives you a heightened ability to pick up some of the subtle nuances in the passages.
  6. NewYorker9

    NewYorker9 5+ Year Member

    Aug 11, 2010
    For what it's worth, I've found that I get caught up picking the second best answer a lot of the time - it seems like it's okay, but there's nothing directly supporting it in the passage. Now I'm trying to correct for it by figuring out what three answers are wrong, and going with the only one remaining - but I only use this strategy when stumped

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