Examkrackers 101 Passages in MCAT Verbal Reasoning Paperback – 1 Jan 2008
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Title: Examkrackers 101 Passages in MCAT Verbal Reasoning <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: DavidOrsay <>Publisher: OsotePublishing
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The passages for the most part are very interesting, compared to most verbal passages I have seen in the real MCAT and other prep companies. This book lacked humanity and philosophy passages, which is almost always present on the real MCAT. Although the questions are extremely difficult, some of the questions all over the book have more than one right answer, and will keep you guessing. So this book does have it's mistakes.
I would not actually score each practice verbal test based on the scale given in the back of the book. In my opinion I think some tests are harder than others in the book. Because of this I think that one and only scale in the back of the book should not be representative of each test in this book. If each test were graded accordingly, based on a pool of people getting certain questions right and wrong, then we would know each real score for each test. A lot of people I know, including myself, had verbal scores which fluctuated from this book.
As I mentioned before, use this book as practice. See which questions you got right and wrong, and why and how it lead you to the answer. Just use this book to polish your test-taking technique for the Verbal section, whatever technique it might be.
I give this book a 3.7 rating, which rounds up to 4. I do recommend this book, but with caution.
Now having said that, I am very good at this section, in fact, it's my strongest section so maybe what seems like a straightforward answer to me doesn't to someone else. But the reality is I had to stop using this book because it was causing me to miss questions on the real MCATs. The book is good for practicing timing, although why not just buy the actual MCAT practices? They aren't that expensive and you know you are getting an accurate representation of what you will face.
As many others have noted, there are many very suspect answers to passages, which is probably again because many of the "wrong" answers were written to try and trick you into choosing them. I have encountered suspect answers on real MCAT practices also though, to be fair, and even some where it didn't seem that the question writer understood the point of certain paragraphs and arguments made.
somewhat similar to actual verbal reasoning (as compared to most other test prep companies' books)
good practice with concentrated reading
similar passage and question structure
the difficulty was greater than AAMC materials due to:
too much focus on small details and wording - sometimes you had to know the exact meaning of a strange word (this is VERY rare in the actual MCAT)
too little focus on general idea and clarifying questions
sometimes extremely convoluted and contrived logic - answer solution doesn't always help while the actual AAMC materials have very explicit explanation why a choice is incorrect
flawed logic - there are clearly illogical or contradicting explanations
If you are preparing for MCAT, I'd rather purchase ALL of the AAMC practice exams, which is available online for a year, and keep practicing those than to purchase all of examkracker books like me and waste nearly a month doing all the problems. AH, one more thing. There are typos here and there in examkracker books... it looked very unprofessional to me. Buy them and use them at your own risk.