- 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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ExamKrackers MCAT Verbal Reasoning & Mathematical Techniques 7th Edition
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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.
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
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.Read more ›
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...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I expected great things from this book based on all the reviews. I spent a lot of time mastering the strategy and pointers presented in this book, only to have my verbal score DROP... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Daniel Heckman
Very Useful if you looking to score above 10 in Verbal, and be able to tackle the PS section fast !Published 20 months ago by Malinowski
It is a very good book if you need specific methods to improve your verbal skills. It needs time to practice though. Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by JJ.
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... Read morePublished on May 6, 2011 by Cialina_84
Disclaimer: I'm not one of those miracle students who claim to have no background knowledge and ended up with a 45 thanks to this set. Read morePublished on January 22, 2011 by Kenneth C