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ExamKrackers MCAT Verbal Reasoning & Mathematical Techniques Paperback – March 1, 2007

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ISBN-13: 978-1893858480 ISBN-10: 1893858480 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Series: Examkrackers
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Osote Publishing; 7 edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893858480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893858480
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Stephens on April 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as part of the EK Complete Study Package and have been studying for a few months now. The strategy takes a lot of practice to master, but it works. Just keep in mind that you have to keep practicing their strategy and realize that you do need to devote a sufficient amount of time to it.

The only bad thing about this book is that even though it claims that it's updated to reflect the new CBT format, it really isn't. On the first two pages it gives you a breakdown about the advantages of the computerized format and the changes in questions and time, but after that, they didn't change anything. When talking about writing the essay (which is a very short section, btw), it ends by saying to "write 2 pages" and "above all, write neatly." Obviously neither of these applies when you are typing your essay. Then it begins the Verbal Reasoning section by saying that there are "nine passages" (there are 7), "for a total of 60 questions" (there are 40), and "the test taker has 85 minutes" (you have 60 minutes). It even has sections called "Marking Your Test to Improve Your Score" and "When to Bubble." On the CBT you don't physically bubble in an answer sheet, and there is no place to put little X's, -'s, and O's.

The quick breakdown of math on the MCAT and the detailed strategy for the Verbal Section warrant a 5 star rating, but these extensive errors in regards to the time for the test and marking the test easily drop it down one star, thus I give it a 4 overall.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By illini08 on February 28, 2008
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I tried using the strategies of another large test prep company (the one I work for now, actually) and the best I could do after 3 months was a 9. After 2 weeks with this book, I was regularly getting an 11, and that's what I got on the MCAT. If I had just picked up this book earlier, I probably would've gotten 12+.

Bottom line: If you're taking a TPR/Kaplan course right now, forget what your verbal teacher says and just go by this book.

(About me: Current MCAT Instructor, 3 Med school acceptances, 35 MCAT
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JAB on August 26, 2012
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This book is most useful for learning and drilling basic foundations of the EK VR strategy. It is not, however, sufficient in itself for VR prep since it contains only 3 mini-section practice VR tests. You will need to acquire another source of practice materials to drill these techniques to mastery.

The EK technique seems useful, however, the accompanying practice materials in this book are flawed:

1) The practice VR mini-tests are substantially more difficult than those found in EK101. This is due mainly to answer ambiguity in the accompanying passage questions. You'll find that the answers are much less debatable in EK101, and in practice AAMC tests. It is my opinion that the practice VR passages in this book were made especially difficult in a ploy to sell EK101.

2) The scoring guide to the mini-tests is flawed, as it provides a raw-scaled conversion where a maximum raw score of 23 is possible when there are only 21 questions per test. Reduce the raw score range by 2 points for each accompanying score to get a more accurate score.

3) Even when accounting for the aforementioned problem, the curve is still scaled much steeper than the curve used in EK101. For example, in this book a 66% would scale to a 10, while in EK101 a 75% would scale to a 10.

4) Each passage contains 7 accompanying questions, while a normal MCAT will contain a range from 5 to 7 questions per passage.

As a final point, I've noticed that EK's passages are generally easier to read and more logical than Kaplan, Berkely Review, Princeton Review, and AAMC releases. However, the accompanying passage questions are more difficult than those aforementioned practice materials.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cialina_84 on May 6, 2011
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Unlike most reviewers up here, I am not applying directly into med school and actually took the MCAT for admission into a post-bac pre-med program b/c I know I'm not competitive as of right now. I only needed a twenty with no individual score below a 6. To make a long story short, this book and it's strageties are no short than amazing. After finding out I had to take the MCAT on short notice with only one month of prep time alloted, I jumped three points and it had been almost six years since I had taken the MCAT.

I makes me wonder how much higher it could have went if I had the whole three months recommended. I don't review much and I'm reviewing. Buy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Stewart on May 9, 2008
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This is a small book that is a great asset to anyone taking the MCAT. I took Kaplan and the strategies in this book is better than any Kaplan verbal strategy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By theletterQ on October 7, 2011
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The Verbal on the MCAT was my weakest section. I used Princeton Review materials but for some reason I could never score higher than a 7. 3 weeks before my test, I started to panic because I was sure that my Verbal score was going to pull me down to a 30 or less. I searched everywhere on tips to raise my score, and everyone kept recommending this ExamKrackers book. I gave it a try and in about a week, my score started to bump up by 2-3 points! I recommend you give yourself more time than I gave myself to prepare. Make sure to read the book cover to cover (it's a very short read anyway) and thoroughly go through the practice exercises. This book really does help when you put in the effort.
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