MCAT Physical Sciences

The MCAT Physical Sciences section tests your problem-solving ability and adaptability in G-Chem and Physics. This section of the MCAT contains 7 passage-based sets of questions and 13 free-standing questions.  Each passage-based set comprises  four to seven questions. 

 Here, you'll find that both free-standing and passage-based problems draw on outside conceptual knowledge of physical science coupled with your adeptness at extracting relevant info and problem solving using these concepts.  Memorization of physical science facts, i.e. equations, is only one very small component of success in this section of the MCAT.  You must comprehend the fundamental concepts in the context of general physical scientific principles.  Moreover, your ability to adapt quickly to info you have likely never seen before will be tested but this new info is based entirely on the basics you already should know.


MCAT Verbal Reasoning

MCAT Verbal Reasoning tests your ability to evaluate, fathom, and apply info and arguments presented in an ordinary writing format.  This section comprises 7 passages, each being approximately 600 words long.   Each passage has about five to seven questions accompanying it.  MCAT Verbal passages revolve around the following disciplines: social sciences, humanities, and the natural sciences.

You will not need to possess any outside knowledge for this section.  In fact, it can work against you if you prosecute a passage and answer questions drawing from your knowledge base.  You must get into the mode of extracting the pertinent info and getting into mindset of the author of the passage and understanding the main idea and tone of the passage.



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MCAT Writing Sample

Just as with the Verbal section, MCAT Writing Sample prompts do not require specific outside knowledge in any particular discipline.  You will not need to write about the following:  (1) subject matter in Physics, G-Chem, O-Chem, or Bio; (2) your reasons for aspiring to become a physician; or (3) any issue that transcends the typical experience of college students.

You'll need to efficiently crank out two separate 30-minute essays for the MCAT Writing Sample so be ready to think quickly and get right to the writing.  This section explores your ability to create a logical and coherent essay that "flows."   You must generate and work around your main idea.  Be sure to explicate this idea and bolster it with solid historical examples and not hypothetical scenarios.   Of course, it is expected that you should write clearly and adhere to accepted grammatical conventions.  The professionals reviewing your two essays do keep in mind that your writing is under timed conditions, so there's no need to distress about your work needing to appear as a perfectly polished composition.



MCAT Biological Sciences

The MCAT Biological Sciences section examines your problem-solving ability and adaptability in Bio and O-Chem. This section, like the Physical, contains 7 passage-based sets of questions and 13 free-standing questions.  Each passage-based set contains four to seven questions. 

Again, pure memorization of biological facts and O-Chem reactions will can only take you so far on the MCAT.  It's more important conceptualize the content and tie it all into an integrated big picture.  Adaptability is assessed but if you have undergone quality MCAT prep and practiced enough, then you'll be absolutely ready to do battle with this section.




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