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MCAT Verbal Reasoning Questions

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1. New Information Attractors

2. Test ability to locate info 1. According to the passage 2. The passages that 3. Which of the following is not mentioned:

3. 1. Choices the irrelevant to cited part (out of scope) 2. Do Not eliminate solely based on strong wording (the more it strengthens/weakens - the better)

4. 1. choice that goes furthest toward making it impossible for claim to be true 2. Inconsistent with relevant part of passage

5. Describe how the author makes their argument; address logical structure along with content - Ask purpose of particular reference: 1. The author probably mentions (blank) in order to 2. The (blank) are cited as evidence that 3. The author describes (b

6. 1. Give legitimate dictionary of colloquial/common sense definitions 2. Choices that over generalize or are too narrow

7. Provide new facts in the question stem that are never mentioned in the passage - 2 types: 1. Inference 2. Strengthen/Weaken

8. 1. Choice that take author's opinion to extremes 2. Express opinion for neutral tone 3. Strange attitudes (Ex: obtuse ambiguity)

9. Correct answer choice is similar to claim in logic - but does nothing to strength or weaken the claim 1. Wrong tone 2. Do Not eliminate based on topic

10. Identify logical structure while asking whether a particular claim is supported in the passage 1. Which of the following claims is supported 2. For which of the following claims is not supported 3. Support offered by conclusion 4. Is (blank) well sup

11. Asked to evaluate answer choices in terms of how they undermine the passage - 1. Which of the following If True - would strength (or weaken) - Do Not reference passage - but take each choice as if it were true and find the one that does what it needs

12. Chose what must be true according to the passage 1. It can be inferred that 2. Based on the passage - it 3. The author implies that 4. Implicit in the passage is 5. The author suggests that 6. It can be reasonably concluded 7. Which of the following

13. 1. Main Idea/Primary Purpose 2. Tone/Attitude

14. 1. Understate or overstate author's point 2. choice that is too narrow 3. Choices that go beyond the scope of the passage

15. Define What the author means by a certain word or phrase 1. As its used in the passage 2. The term implicitly refers to

16. Take something in passage and apply it to a new situation. New information is provided in the answer choices

17. 1. Choice that provides additional evidence for the claim 2. Choice that fills in logical gap 3. Choice that anticipates and blocks a potential argument against claim

18. Give new facts that are in same general area of passage and ask What is likely true according the passage - Answer question in paraphrase prior to looking at answer choices*

19. Summarize claims and implications made throughout the passage. Claim supported by specific evidence - Good active reading is key- focus on Verb in answer choice - 1. The main idea 2. the central thesis 3. The author's primary purpose

20. 1. right example - wrong reference 2. Half right - half wrong choices - Correct answer will be consistent with the Main Point of the whole chunk

21. Evaluate whether or not the author expresses an opinion regarding the material of the passage - Look for annotated opinion indicators 1. The author's tone 2. author's attitude

22. 1. Info of passage in extreme language/absolute 2.choices that aren't necessarily true 3. right answer wrong question

23. Retrieval Attractors

24. 1. Structure Questions 2. Evaluate Questions 3. Strengthen/Weaken 4. New Information 5. Analogy

25. Answers that mischaracterize the strength of argument (weakly for strongly supported) - Analyze What is precisely good or bad about logic used

26. 1. Retrieval 2. Inference 3. Vocab in context

27. Evaluate What effects new information will have on author's argument as a whole

28. Use Goldilock's approach: eliminate What is too big or too small