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Triage might work on the battlefield, but does it really work on the MCAT?

With registration opening for summer MCAT test dates tomorrow, I thought I would add a little MCAT tip.  If you are anything like me, you will find that the verbal reasoning part of the MCAT is challenging.  Because you are probably still in school, you might also find it hard to put in the appropriate studying time required for the MCAT.  However, with the verbal reasoning section it is vital that you spend the required time to do not only entire practice passages, but full-length 1 hour verbal reasoning section tests.  One of the biggest challenges of the verbal reasoning section is pacing–making sure you have enough time to answer all of the passages.

Kaplan and many other test prep courses will teach you to triage passages–do the easiest ones first and then move on to the hard ones.  I disagree with this advice.  If you want to score well on the verbal reasoning portion of the MCAT, you will need to answer all of the questions anyway, so why waste time prioritizing passages and flipping back and forth between them?  I suggest practicing answering passages by running straight through them.  The key is to know how to pace yourself.  Keep your eye on the clock and know how many minutes, passages, and questions you have left.  With practice, you should be able to get through all of the passages in an hour without the need to triage.  The only reason why you would triage is if you did not practice enough and know that you cannot get through all of the passages in time.

More MCAT tips are on the way!  Feel free to add your tips in the comment section below!

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