MCAT - Verbal Reasoning

Types of Questions

  • Identifying the main idea or central theme of the passage.
  • Comprehending the meaning of the passage.
  • Identifying the points which support an argument and those that contradict it.
  • Forming relevant conclusions.
  • Inference-style questions.
  • Questions that test your vocabulary.
  • Identifying the relationship between the information and/or ideas presented in the passage.
  • Judging whether certain pieces of information were relevant or necessary for reaching a particular conclusion.
  • Application style questions (mostly concerning hypothetical situations).

Number of Questions

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.

How to Improve Your Skills

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). No special knowledge of these fields is required to attempt the passages but a general idea about them will benefit you nonetheless.

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