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MCAT Verbal Reasoning Attractor Types

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1. Words like - first - last - best - worst (anything - est) that aren't supported in the passage

2. Point of view different than one referred to in the question stem

3. Choice are supported by passage - but not relevant to the question being asked - Between 2 choices - re - read question question stem to avoid

4. Answer brings new ideas that are not discussed in the passage

5. Passes judgement - but passage is neutral in tone - or interpret author's state of mind in a way not supported by the passage

6. Uses vocabulary from passage - but meaning is changed

7. Familiar words that are difficult and impossible to understand - Select only if other choices are eliminated

8. Take sentence from passage - but reverse its meaning

9. Makes a statement that is true - but not directly supported by the passage

10. Predicting the future or goes beyond timeframe

11. Specific to Strengthen/Weaken. Choice is too wishy- washy to affect author's argument

12. Too narrow is specific to general questions: contains only part of author's major claim Additionally - can over generalize - Use Goldilock's approach

13. That something mentioned and compare it to something that is not; compare to two things mentioned by the author - but comparison is not supported

14. Language used in choice is much stronger than the language in the passage (none - always - never)

15. Part of answer is dead on - and other part is not supported