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MCAT Verbal Reasoning Attractor Types

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

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

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

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

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

6. Uses vocabulary from passage - but meaning is changed

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

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

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

10. Predicting the future or goes beyond timeframe

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

12. Take sentence from passage - but reverse its meaning

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

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

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