- Paperback: 516 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 21, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1511766697
- ISBN-13: 978-1511766692
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 11 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
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MCAT Verbal Practice: 108 Passages for the new CARS Section
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Bryan Schnedeker is Next Step Test Prep’s National Academic Director. He manages all of our MCAT instructors nationally and counsels hundreds of MCAT students when they begin our tutoring process. He has over a decade of MCAT teaching and tutoring experience (starting at one of the big prep course companies before joining our team). He has attended both medical school and law school and has scored a 44 on the MCAT and 180 on the LSAT. Bryan has worked with thousands of MCAT students over the years and specializes in helping students looking to achieve elite scores.
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However, once you run out of passages to do, this book does indeed provide the necessary practice. It's a pretty good book, but make sure you've completed other books first before you switch to NextStep.
I am 1 full section in and here's what I got so far:
The explanations are really helpful. Unlike some other books/tests, with each Q they tell me why each wrong answer is wrong, which is is WAY more helpful than just having the right answer explained. The sections all have at 1 sample passage from each AAMC topics (Art, History, Social science etc...) so you can get varied practice. I don't know if this was done intentionally but I like it. Sometimes I don't quite buy their right answer but that's inevitable and it's never due to contradiction,just some subtlety I guess I missed (again, just like the awful AAMC :-).
When you are doing the passages there is space for note taking and in the explanations there are recommendations on what terms should have been highlighted. They also provide a quick summary of key terms and relationships (in note form) with each paragraph, along with a concise summary of the main idea for each passage in the explanations. Flipping to this has been really helpful in allowing me to figure out if I read the passage right before I went on to the questions (Do this early in your studies!!!).
-----------------Update on 7/13--------------------------------
Overall a good purchase. 9/10. This was a resource that is sorely needed in the MCAT 2015 landscape so thank you to Nextstep for finally getting something out there. If you need more CARS or are running low and need more AAMC like verbal, get this one. Ended up with a 85-100% on my preliminary score report.
CONS: Some of the answer explanations I just don't buy. I feel this is a problem with all the cars material I used (except for the AAMC stuff). It's not as bad as EK 101's tortured logic, but not as clear cut as the AAMC stuff. The questions tend to ask about detail more often than the AAMC does, but each apssage also has 7 Qs, while the AAMC passages only have ~ 5-6 so it's understandable I guess. It did teach me to read more carefully but I'd like to see more Qs on complex ideas, incorporating outside info into the passage (AAMC skill 3) because that was my toughest CARS area to improve on.