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MCAT Verbal Reasoning Focus On Structure

  • Answer 12 questions in 15 minutes.
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  • Match each statement with the correct term.
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1. Direct quotes - Ask 'Is author agreeing or disagreeing w/ person being quoted?'

2. Defining of key terms in order to communicate something

3. Any type of numerical information (skim and annotate w/o getting bogged down)

4. Research to support conclusions

5. Why was the passage written? Define the purpose of all support provided by the author - and the larger claim being made

6. Evidence the author uses to support his or her claims. How does author organize the support for claims?

7. Compare and contrast subject w something else - analyzing differences and similarities - analogy: one situation is described to communicate something about another

8. Illustrate main point with an example from the real world or hypothetical reflection - introduced by: in this case - in illustration - for example

9. Author tells a story of their own personal experience

10. Support the main idea by giving an example of something larger or smaller than subject

11. Description of development of idea of time line - where each paragraph describes one of those stages

12. Description of past or present common belief - define if common belief is consistent or inconsistent w/ authors point of view