How To Improve Reading Speed and Ace MCAT CARS Section

  • 29 August, 2019

How To Improve Reading Speed and Ace MCAT CARS Section

The infamous Verbal Reasoning, now known as CARS, has been difficult for most people taking the MCAT. Over a decade of English classes and several online MCAT classes later, something as simple as reading shouldn't be hard to pull off right? Wrong! With the timer ticking away and the complexity of questions asked in the exam, many students buckle under the pressure.

Here's how you can improve your reading speed and ace the dreaded MCAT CARS section:

  1. Read every day

    Begin your day by reading the newspaper. Don't just stick to the entertainment, you'll need to train your mind to read even the most boring pieces of information. Dedicate a minimum of 30 minutes to reading, and make it a habit for at least 6 months prior to your MCAT exam.

  2. Skim through the material

    One of the most important tricks in speed reading is skimming. Force your eyes to move very fast and skim through each sentence, picking up only a few words before moving on to the next sentence. Keep practicing until you refine your technique.

  3. Create questions

    Speed readers are generally not good at comprehension. Take a look at the question asked and at the options provided. Create your own questions based on the options and speed read to find answers. This will help your mind become more focused and discard useless information.

  4. Adapt your reading speed

    You need to learn to change your reading speed according to the type of content you're reading. A good reader must speed up while reading easier content and slow down while reading difficult content.

  5. Take practice tests

    The only way to overcome the nerves and become more adept at answering CARS questions is by taking practice tests. While online speed reading tests are a good place to start, it is better if you opt for practice tests that are tailored to fit the MCAT format.

  6. Assess yourself regularly

    Regular assessment is necessary to give you a good idea of where you stand. Try to keep track of your reading speed and record it every week. Work consistently to improve your score and test time.

If these steps are followed, you should notice an increase in your reading speed and CARS section score.

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