MCAT Verbal Reasoning

At a Glance

Time: 60 minutes
Format: 40 multiple-choice questions
Tests: Critical Reading

The Basics of MCAT Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning section is perhaps the most recognizable section of the MCAT since it's similar to the reading comprehension sections of other standardized tests. Verbal Reasoning is primarily designed to test your ability to read critically and actively, comprehend written material, capture the essence of a passage by recognizing its main idea, intuit a writer's tone, and draw inferences/conclusions.

The questions require a lot of thinking—asking you to interpret an author's opinion, to apply information to a hypothetical situation, or to break down an argument into its component parts. The passages you'll confront probably won't be much fun to read; but part of the challenge is to concentrate and glean the meaning regardless of the nature of the text.

A note of caution: Many people underestimate the challenges of this section. This makes it a great opportunity for you to score well and set yourself apart from other test takers.

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