MCAT - Verbal Reasoning

The MCAT Verbal Reasoning section tests a candidate's critical thinking and critical reasoning skills. It checks how well candidates can comprehend the meaning of a passage, whether they are able to draw inferences and conclusions from it, relate data and apply information gathered from a given passage.


  • The MCAT Verbal Reasoning section consists of seven passages which are all around 600 words in length.
  • Approximately, 5-7 questions will be based on each passage which makes a total of 40 multiple-choice questions to be completed in one hour.
  • Each question has four answers out of which you must choose one. Unlike in other exams, there is no negative marking in the MCAT.

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Testing & Scoring Scheme

  • The passages are based on topics relating to humanities (art, music, literature, theatre, culture, religion, etc), social sciences (psychology, sociology, education, history, political science, etc) and natural sciences & technology (zoology, botany, astronomy, computers, etc).
  • Although no special knowledge of these fields is required to attempt the passages, prior preparation for them wouldn't hurt your chances of acing this section.
  • The section is first assigned a raw score which is a sum-total of the number of correctly answered questions.
  • This score is further converted to a number on a scale of 1 to 15 (called the scaled score), where 15 is the highest score.