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VR Help - Choosing between 2 Answer Choices

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by joshto, May 26, 2008.

  1. joshto

    joshto Nervous&Neurotic
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    I seem to be able to narrow my answer choices down to the two "best" options (as described by the EK 101 book) and I continually seem to be getting the questions wrong. Can anyone provide advice on how to decide between two seemingly good answer choices?
     
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  3. JA Prufrock

    JA Prufrock Serenity Now!
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    I don't think there is a silver bullet to selecting the right answer choice, but I feel your pain, because I tend to have similar trouble. Ideally, you will have read the passage with enough understanding that the correct answer choice jumps out at you. Work on your reading comprehension, and be an active reader while reading the passages. When you get to the questions and are deciding between two, look for something--anything--that can lead you to eliminate one of the choices (generally its something very subtle). Overall, just keep practicing.
     
  4. Chuck's Right Foot

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    There is a specific reason one of the answers is wrong. If I had to choose between two answers I would try and view them for why they were wrong, not why they could be correct.
     
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    I feel like you still implicitly do that in your head
     
  6. joshto

    joshto Nervous&Neurotic
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    I think my problem is that I need to recognize certain words in an answer choice. EK suggests that the correct answers should/will include softeners and the other answers will more so fit the profile of a 'distractor'. Anyone who uses EK Verbal agree?
     
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    What is EK's verbal strategy?
     
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    Do what you are doing now. Narrow it down to two choices. Mentally pick one that you think is right. Select the other as your answer choice. Go to next question.
     
  9. tncekm

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    You're likely doing what I do/did: selecting the "verbatim" answer choice from the passage which sounds right, but it wrong, falling for the "extreme" answer choices, or if it involves multiple assertions, not checking all of them!

    One thing I ALWAYS do is that if I clearly recognize, say, 2/3 of the asssertions made, I'll assume the third one was thrown in there to "trick me". Well, the trick is on me b/c it usually turns out that if I would have confirmed it in the passage it would be there!
     
  10. joshto

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    Yeah. That is basically what I'm doing. The choice seems right (which it is not) and I select it for 2 reasons:
    1) I can't seem to eliminate it as an option

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    2)I am on the fence about the other option (which usually turns out to be the correct one).
     

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