MCAT CRITICAL ANALYSIS AND REASONING SKILLS (CARS)

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Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (cars)
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Breaking Down CARS:

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Length

The CARS section contains 9 passages and 53 questions that must be completed in 90 minutes.

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Coverage

This section covers topics not generally studied by premedical students. All necessary information is given in 500–600 word passages, from which the student is expected to make inferences and draw conclusions in order to answer the related questions.

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Abilities

It measures your ability to read critically, understand vocabulary and concepts, evaluate the reasoning of an argument, and apply the information to new situations. It includes passages from social sciences and humanities, but it does not test specific, factual subject matter in those areas.

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Support

This section of the MCAT has always been the area in which students see the slowest improvement. We'll help you refine your testing skills and expedite the rate at which you conquer CARS.

A Note from the AAMC:

As per the AAMC's MCAT2015 guide: "The Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section of the MCAT exam will be similar to many of the verbal reasoning tests you have taken in your academic career. It includes passages and questions that test your ability to understand what you read. You may find this section to be unique in several ways, though, because it has been developed specifically to measure the analysis and reasoning skills you will need to be successful in medical school. The Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section achieves this goal by asking you to read and think about passages from a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, followed by a series of questions that lead you through the process of comprehending, analyzing, and reasoning about the material you have read."

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