Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills represents just one section of the MCAT, but the strategies you learn for the CARS section will carry over to the sciences as well.
This includes everything from critical reading, timing and efficiency, and learning how to simplify what you read so that you quickly move through the passages.
It's not JUST about doing CARS practice passages, it's also about developing a reading and comprehension strategy starting with the following:
Unlike the sciences you are used to, you can’t study cold hard facts to improve your verbal (CARS) score.
For many students, the challenge of the CARS section is simply in the reading, reading and more reading of boring passages on topics that make you want to rip your hair out.
Use this strategy to gain comfort, confidence and speed in this section.
Learn HOW to get through passages efficiently and how to skim passages.
Remember, what works for critical reading in the sciences will translate to CARS and what works in CARS will translate to the sciences.
It’s not enough to simply master content and passages, you have to learn how to complete each section in time.
Working too slow = running out of time and potential lost questions. Working too fast = rushing and again potential lost points. This video teaches you an efficient pacing strategy to improve your MCAT passage timing for the CARS and science sections.
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Additional CARS Practice
- Daily MCAT CARS Practice! By Jack Westin (Free)
- Combine your Newspaper Strategy with difficult readings to improve your CARS & science skill. My students recommend AEON.com especially for example philosophy to get used to ‘boring’ articles.
- Testing Solutions 30 day CARS guide FREE with an Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription which you can get a FREE 30-day trial