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Many students mistakenly believe that they cannot study for the CARS section of the MCAT®. After all, each passage is entirely different, and some passages can be complicated to understand. And often, several answer choices may appear equally likely to be correct - so isn't scoring well on the CARS section simply a matter of luck?

Nothing could be further from the truth! Dr. Stuart Donnelly has developed a unique strategy that will help you to master even the most difficult CARS passages. This proprietary method (unavailable elsewhere) will show you the most efficient approach to the CARS section, allowing you to spend much more time answering questions rather than getting bogged down in passage details.

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What You Need To Know

The CARS section of the MCAT® is 90 minutes long and contains 53 multiple-choice questions. This section includes passages from various disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, followed by questions that lead you through comprehending, analyzing, and reasoning about the material you have read.

These passages are relatively short, typically between 500 and 600 words, but they are complex, often thought-provoking pieces of writing with sophisticated vocabulary and, at times, intricate writing styles. Everything you need to know to answer test questions is in the passages and the questions themselves.

No additional coursework or specific knowledge is required. You will need to assess the content and consider the authors’ intentions and tones and the words they used to express their points of view

CARS Section

Three Key Concepts Tested

The CARS section of the MCAT® will assess your critical analysis and reasoning skills in three distinct areas:

Skill 1 (30%): Foundations of Comprehension

  • Understanding the basic components of the text.
  • Inferring meaning from rhetorical devices, word choice, and text structure.

Skill 2 (30%): Reasoning Within the Text

  • Integrating different components of the text to increase comprehension.

Skill 3 (40%): Reasoning Beyond the Text

  • Applying or extrapolating ideas from the passage to new contexts.
  • Assessing the impact of introducing new factors, information, or conditions to ideas from the passage.
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Passage Types: Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills passages come from a variety of humanities and social sciences disciplines.

Humanities (50%): Passages in the humanities are drawn from a variety of disciplines, including (but not limited to): Architecture, Art, Dance, Ethics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Popular Culture, Religion, Theater, and Studies of Diverse Cultures.

Social Science (50%): Social sciences passages are also drawn from a variety of disciplines, including (but not limited to):Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Education, Geography ,History, Linguistics, Political Science, Population Health, Psychology, Sociology, and Studies of Diverse Cultures.

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  5. MCAT Exam - Section by Section
    1. Biological & Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
    2. Chemical & Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
    3. Psychological, Social, & Biological Foundations of Behavior
    4. Critical Analysis & Reasoning Skills (CARS)