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ExamKrackers MCAT Verbal Reasoning & Mathematical Techniques 7th Edition

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ISBN-10: 1893858480
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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: #1,031,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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By trishaaah on August 18, 2013
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Very helpful book! Mine came in great condition, and the information inside is definitely very helpful for starting to study for the MCAT. I pretty much have been using this verbal technique and have been getting on average 10's or 11's on the verbal section on the AAMC practice tests. I think a lot of the other companies' techniques are a bunch of hogwash that make it more complicated that it has to be. This really isn't a technique at all, more like common sense, but it has some good practice and examples. Not necessary for studying, though, so if you're strapped on cash, skip it.
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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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By Jay on May 27, 2011
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There are so many typos. The moment I opened this and went straight to the math section, they used different numbers when solving the same problem. This results in frustration and leads to mistrust. Consequently, you end up doubting what you're reading for the rest of the book.

For example, they would use 10^2 + 10^4 as a question
but on the solution they would do 10^2 + 10^-7
so then you're like wth?? then you pop out the calculator and see which question matches with the actual answer, then you
gotta acknowledge that this is an actual typo, then you gotta confirm yourself... it's very time consuming and demotivating. Did I mention frustrating?

The tips and strategies, however, seem to help even though they already sound intuitive (as in I could have figured that out on my own) ie. rounding, which is obvious since we don't have a calculator

overall this book just gives advice, strategies, and workouts. less than i expected. but the book is thin so I guess that's why.

you would think after 4 years they would come up with an updated version...
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