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Discussion in 'MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test' started by centersharpie, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. centersharpie

    centersharpie Pre-PA
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    VR is killing. My PS is up and my BS... but I've only improved VR by 1 point. I'm at a 6 and thats with the Kaplan tests. I heard that Kaplan's VR is easier so I shudder to think what I will get on the actual exam. I tried getting the EK 101 passages because I heard that is better, but no luck. So now with about 5 weeks left I'm starting to panic a little bit. Any suggestions on what I should do?
     
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  2. JA Prufrock

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    work on VR everyday. In my opinion, there is no gimmick that is going to improve your score. The best way to guaranttee an increase is to concentrate and work through at least a couple passages (timed, of course) until test day.
     
  3. Vihsadas

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    You really just have to try and practice smart and practice a lot. And keep your confidence high, because you KNOW that you are smart enough to do it!

    When you practice don't just blindly do problems, try and analyze why you are missing problems, and what you are having trouble with. Then make a concerted effort to change your thought patterns so that you more often pick correct answers.

    If you are having trouble absorbing the material in the passage while you read it, try and put yourself in the mindframe of a literary, historical, scientific (or other) critic depending on the subject of the passage. Approach the passage thinking, "I am going to read what this person wrote and try my best to tear it apart and decide what I agree with and what I don't." Approach the passage like you are the teacher and you are BETTER than the author.

    Really the point of the above exercise is just to get you emotionally involved in the reading because that tends to make you more absorptive (is that a valid context for that word? haha.)

    If you can get excited about the topic in the passage or really try and have a interest in "learning something new" then those mindsets will serve the same purpose. Just do your best to become invested in the passage and you'll find yoruself remembering more and more.

    Don't worry, you have some time left to raise that VR score! Practice as much as you possibly can. Also, check out mine and Bloodysurgeon's VR tips. They should really help!
     
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  4. centersharpie

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    Thanks so MUCH! I just seen the Bloody Surgeons post. I just really want to do well... that's why I'm panicking. LOL. Thanks again!
     
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    EK's verbal should come out soon, taht'll help

    when does it come out anyone know?
     
  6. centersharpie

    centersharpie Pre-PA
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    I called them last week and they said it should come out sometime this week. I've been wondering that too... I asked them how long it would take to ship and they said about two days... but that depends on where you are. I would call and pester them. It was supposed to be out in May... it is now June.
     
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    Okay sweet!
    yeah i called them today as well, they said sometime this or next week
     
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    Oh man, I was in virtually the same boat. I got a 5 on VR Kaplan diagnostic, and after 3 weeks of trying Kaplans method I got a 6 on VR. :scared:

    I then resorted to the forums, found Vihsadas verbal guide, and did what it said. One verbal section a day, do the passages+questions in under 6.5mins, and most importantly, go over everything you did... knowing WHY you got things wrong. Practice, revise, practice, revise. I expected to do this for a few weeks before I got to a 10. In one week I was at an 11. So it's do-able, especially in 5 weeks. Also, if you have extra-time, read a bunch of stuff from economist.com (doesn't have to be business or economics related, read anything!). I spent that week just reading articles non-stop as if I was reading mcat passages. It helps, imo.
     
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    :banana: :banana: Wooo! Great job, keep it up! :banana: :banana:
     
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    can you please post your verbal guide:D
     
  11. Vihsadas

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    It's posted! Check out the 30+ thread. There's lots of other great advice in that thread too!
     
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    Hey I need some improvement in verbal too!
    Here are the steps I am taking on:
    1) Utilize EK strategy: read for main idea, read as slow as you need to (This comes to something like 330 - 4 mins). This way you know the story, the main idea is simple. Pay careful attention (i don't know if there is any other sort of attention) to the answer stems.
    2) Use Verbal work book from Kaplan's course (god bless friends!)
    3) Use EK 101.
    4) Use practice AAMC's verbal.
    5) Use kaplan's FL verbal.
    6) Sign up for Kaplan's QBank for more verbal.
    7) My prelaw friend said MCAT's verbal is probably a joke copared to LSAT RC (not much diff between RC and verbal...). So if you are uber hard core to practice LSAT RC as well.

    I think if I manage to go through all that verbal and continually pinch off the mistakes I make, I just might raise my score from the mediocre 8 to a much desired 10+. Heck, 25% of rewrites do increase it by 2 points from level 8. I am sure, that 25% of those people don't go through these Peloponnesian routines! So I hope my plan inspires you, as I am sure we can do this. We can't give up and we will rise to the occasion (starting to sound like a Viagra commercial here :love:) Up, up and away!
     
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    Definitely agree with what Vihsadas said! What helps me pay attention is to imagine that I am listening to a speech when I read the passage...kinda like listening to Martin Luther King Jr "I have a dream" speech
     
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    you're precisely like how I used to be (I got 5, 6, 7, and luckily an 8 on the VR on the actual MCAT .. kept studying and now it's at a 10 finally). I also did well on PS and BS. The key to VR for people like us is "to let go." STOP trying to understand the passage comprehensively. Rather than trying to memorize what the points of the passage are, simply memorize where these points occurred (i.e. keywords). Your success will spike sharply if you spend your cognitive resources sorting the information your reading rather than thoroughly understanding it. In fact, the final passages are ridiculously cryptic, and yet the questions will ask only peripheral knowledge of the material. See CBT 4 passage VII if you want an example of that.

    As you switch gears, your reasoning will not go away, but instead it will help you stay focused, even though your not trying to understand every detail. When I take the VR now, I usually am saying to myself, "wow, I can't believe I figured that question out!" Because before, I never felt like I was figuring out anything, just guessing at what seemed to be the correct answer.
     

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