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Why CARS is Not Your Typical MCAT Section
Written By: Phil Hawkins When I started prepping for the MCAT, the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section (typically abbreviated as CARS) of the MCAT was my weakest area. And in a way, it was my fault. Why? Because I tried to treat it the same as the other sections of the test. In reality, READ MORE
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MCAT CARS Super Review – September 2018
A common area of concern for pre-med students is the CARS section (Critical Analysis and Reasoning Section).  Unlike the other sections, there is no foundation of content to rely on. The CARS section does not rely on rote memorization, instead it relies on a set of skills. Phil Hawkins, one of Next Step’s MCAT Course READ MORE
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May 2018 MCAT Super Review – CARS
The CARS section of the MCAT exam is significantly different than the other sections you will face on Test Day. Unlike the other sections, there is no foundation of content to rely on. The CARS section does not rely on rote memorization, instead it relies on a set of skills. So, it should come as READ MORE
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CARS Strategy: I Always Run Out of Time, What Should I Do?
The MCAT is a strictly-timed test; on the CARS section, you must complete 9 passages containing 53 questions in 90 minutes, meaning that you have an average of 10 minutes per passage or about 100 seconds per question. This timing is quite tight, and many students have trouble completing the section on time. So, if READ MORE
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MCAT Public Office Hours – CARS Strategy Review
The webinar session was run by Clara Gillan, one of our lead instructors and content developers. Clara discussed strategies that will help students conquer this difficult section of the exam. Unlike the science sections of the MCAT, there is no foundation of content you can build. CARS is testing a skill, not knowledge, which makes READ MORE
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Avoiding Extreme Answers in CARS
Why Is This So Important? If you’ve been preparing for the MCAT for more than a few weeks – whether you’re taking a course, reading prep books on your own, or working with a tutor – you’ve probably heard this piece of CARS advice: “Don’t choose an extreme answer!” But what makes a CARS answer READ MORE
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Advisor Office Hours – CARS
Dr. Anthony LaFond, one of our course instructors and a senior content developer, discusses the difficult CARS section of the MCAT. In this session, he gives an overview of the section, which is often viewed as the toughest on the exam. You will learn what is being tested and what subjects students will likely face READ MORE
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CARS Questions and Passages: How to Review
So you’ve finished taking your first practice MCAT exam, and you’re excited to sit down and review it. You cover the science sections first, carefully writing down the concepts you need to revisit and the traps you fell for. Now, all that’s left to do is review CARS. But here, you stop: how exactly should READ MORE