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MCAT Verbal Reasoning

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1. Paraphrase put it in your own words as simply as possible. Define the task then answer the question

2. Similarly like - analogy - unlike - in contrast - the difference between - later - before/after

3. Most important - primarily - chiefly - key - crucial

4. Use highlight function to annotate important parts - Topic sentences - shifts in direction - Different POV - Conclusion - Try to right the MP of each paragraph(especially on difficult passages)

5. Work it through and complete all questions

6. Skim through passage and the questions. Base the ranking on difficulty of passage and the difficulty of the question.

7. think about conclusion being supported by the example - for example - because - since - in this case - in illustration

8. Try to see what you keywords to look for in the passage

9. Do question in groups - 1) Specific questions First - 2) General question Second - 3) Complex question Last - Strategy: Read question word for word - Translate into my words - With question in mind think about What the right answer will do - Do not

10. Structure - Evaluate - Strengthen/Weaken - New information - analogy

11. Highlight any names!!!

12. Fill in a random guess for each question and use the Mark button to show its a skipped over passage. Mark which passages were skipped on scratch paper

13. When using POE and down to 2 choices: Actively look for which answer may have ___________________ for that question type

14. General question require general answer and can usually be answered with your own statement of the Bottom line - Specific answers choices are narrow and require going back to the passage. Complex question may require you to go back and then do a plet

15. Therefore - thus - so - consequently - clearly

16. Finally - fortunately - thankfully - unfortunately - sadly

17. Retrieval - Inference - Vocab in context

18. But/ despite - yet/ except - nonetheless/ in contrast - in spite of the fact that/ however - although/ nevertheless - admittedly/ even though

19. First - Second - Third

20. Some specific and complex question do not give you lead words as clues. 1st - eliminate the choices that are inconsistent with bottom line! 2nd - ______ to passage to check remaining choices

21. Think of each question as assigning you a task; what mission do you need to accomplish. What do I need to do?

22. Standard - question task in direct Except/Least/ Not - find the exception Roman Numeral

23. Main idea/Primary purpose - Tone/ Attitude

24. After reading - sum everything into a bottom line with the main point and tone of entire passage

25. Furthermore - additionally - also

26. Articulate your answer to the question once you have found relevant information in the text - if its very hard then...

27. 1. Retrieval - 2. Inference - 3. Vocabulary in context - 4. Main idea/Primary purpose - 5. Tone/Attitude - 6. Structure - 7. Evaluate - 8. Stengthen/Weaken - 9. New Information - 10. Analogy