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Ok I was at a public library and found a link to this website when I was searching for MCAT material.

http://www.learnatest.com/LEL/index.cfm/

Search for MCAT, and they have two practice tests that you can take. They even let you select the sections individually.

Since I just began my prep for MCAT, I figured that I should try the verbal section first, since my comprehension abilities aren't going to improve overnight. On my first practice test, I got a 9 on the verbal section. On the second practice test, I got an 8. I was talking to a friend and she said that if this is the FIRST time I've ever seen an MCAT passage, and got 8-9, it is good, and by the time I take the real MCAT (June 17), I should expect my score to increase, given I keep practicing the verbal section. I have ExamKrackers 101 passages, and an old Baron's book. I will probably do all those passages, but my question is, given what I have read so far in my life, how is my reading/comprehension ability going to improve? Also, while I was doing these tests, I had about 8 minutes left, so I guess my reading speed is not an issue.

On these tests, I was reading the passage first, and then tried to answer questions. Given that I had time to spare, should I read questions and answer choices first, and then read the passage? May be after reading the questions, I'll pay close attention to corresponding information on the passage. But anyways, I would love to get advise from people who scored really high on the VS. Thanks.
 

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Ok I was at a public library and found a link to this website when I was searching for MCAT material.

http://www.learnatest.com/LEL/index.cfm/

Search for MCAT, and they have two practice tests that you can take. They even let you select the sections individually.

Since I just began my prep for MCAT, I figured that I should try the verbal section first, since my comprehension abilities aren't going to improve overnight. On my first practice test, I got a 9 on the verbal section. On the second practice test, I got an 8. I was talking to a friend and she said that if this is the FIRST time I've ever seen an MCAT passage, and got 8-9, it is good, and by the time I take the real MCAT (June 17), I should expect my score to increase, given I keep practicing the verbal section. I have ExamKrackers 101 passages, and an old Baron's book. I will probably do all those passages, but my question is, given what I have read so far in my life, how is my reading/comprehension ability going to improve? Also, while I was doing these tests, I had about 8 minutes left, so I guess my reading speed is not an issue.

On these tests, I was reading the passage first, and then tried to answer questions. Given that I had time to spare, should I read questions and answer choices first, and then read the passage? May be after reading the questions, I'll pay close attention to corresponding information on the passage. But anyways, I would love to get advise from people who scored really high on the VS. Thanks.
http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=223930

http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=509702

http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showpost.php?p=6022602&postcount=96

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There are many strategies for verbal. My advice -- at least, this is what worked for me -- is to spend the majority of your time reading very closely. If you comprehend the passage well, the answers will generally be cake. In my opinion, *do not* speed through the passage to give yourself more time to reason through the answers, because that simply isn't the way that these passages and questions are designed. The questions are usually not tricky, and you won't be able to reason your way through the questions if you haven't understood the passage well enough.

With that said, go through EK101 and read high-level articles (i.e. Economist). Just read as much as you can, and focus on concentration and stamina.