How to get a perfect score on MCAT CARS 2017?
MCAT or The Medical College Admission Test is not a traditional exam. This exam is divided into different unique sections, all of which will test your ability as a student. For example – MCAT Verbal Reasoning or the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS) is one of the toughest parts of MCAT exam where many students fail miserably. In fact, some students don’t even understand how they should approach for CARS section.
The reason for this inability to understand the dynamics of CARS section is many of you think that – oh! Okay, I will read the whole passage, again and again, to find out the answers easily, or I will just memorize every topic to be on the safe side. Sadly, this is not the ideal approach to get good scores MCAT CARS. No matter what you are reading or learning, the first thing you should do is to understand the aspects of a certain topic.
In this article, we will explain the importance of reading comprehension in MCAT exam. We will also share the most practical tips for MCAT CARS section that will help you to get good scores in this section. So, let’s start reading and learn how you can ace on CARS section.
1. First, you should understand how MCAT CARS is designed
AAMC has developed this section in a way that will test your ability to analyze comprehension. The CARS section will test your reasoning skills by asking you to analytically examine the information in passages. Now, to do well in this section, you don’t have to enroll in a unique course. You don’t even need any outside knowledge as all information will be provided on the passage. The content of the passage will include topics from both social science and humanities discipline. The main aim of the passage will be to judge how well you can critically think about what you have read on the passage. Besides, the content of the passage will put your reasoning skill on the sword as well.
In that case, you have to become a better reader and to do that – you have to read lots books and magazine daily to establish your reading capacity. You should note the CARS section include information that provokes your thoughts and challenges you to form an opinion about a particular situation. So, don’t read things that are irrelevant to this section.
2. You should practice reading comprehension every day
At the time of setting up your MCAT study schedule, you must include the CARS section every day. It doesn’t have to be an extended study session. If you include a simple passage, it will be enough for you to build your stamina. What’s more, if you create a consistent habit of reading passages, your analytical skills improve over time. Remember the key to doing well in CARS section is to repeat the process every day.
With the passing of time, you will learn how to approach the MCAT questions. Most importantly, you will be able to speed up your reading comprehension ability. In a way, your MCAT CARS score will improve steadily. Not to mention you will understand the application of information for CARS section, which is also a significant theme of doing well in this section.
AAMC wants to test and know how effectively you can read and analyze a piece of information to apply your critical reasoning skill. In truth, you will not learn this skill overnight as you need to polish your skill every day.
3. You should practice more to understand the author’s tone
The main secret to doing well on MCAT CARS section is to understand how the author feels. Is the author encouraging about something or condescending about an issue? Is the tone of the author serious or is it light-hearted?
Remember that if you figure out where the author stands, you could easily decipher the secret message of the passage. We understand that it will be hard to understand the meaning because most of the science students don’t deal with this kind of situation.
However, you can start with looking out for hints from the context of the passage. Therefore, when you are reading it should be either for leisure or MCAT preparation. In this way, you will be able to understand what the author’s tone is.
Apart from the above tips, there are some things that you should ‘Do and Don’t Do’ while preparing for MCAT CARS section. These are –
- Do practice reading every day to create a habit of knowing new information
- Do read the passage carefully as if you were reading a new book
- Do track time so that you can use your time efficiently
- Do read the CARS section for pleasure and entertainment
- Don’t overdo too much and use different reading strategies.
- Don’t skim through the passage and waste time in the process
- Don’t spend too much time on thinking what the passage say
- Don’t underestimate yourself to a point where you can’t use your skill
The bottom line is MCAT CARS section might seem the toughest part of any exam, but if you follow our above tips and abide by the dos and don’ts, then you will have improved score on this section.