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The CARS section of the MCAT is 90-minute long and contains 53 multiple-choice questions. This section includes 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.

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 not only need to assess the content, but also need to consider the authors’ intentions and tones and the words they used to express their points of view.

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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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