Day 28 – How to Review CARS Answers

We’re almost there! Think about how much ground you’ve covered over these last 27 days. It has not been easy, and it’s taken a lot of work, but you’ve made so much progress. You’ve taken one of the hardest sections on the MCAT and turned it into one of your strengths! Keep up the intensity and finish strong.Today, we learn how to review the different answer types.

If you want to get ahead, and have the full “How to Review a Practice Test” summary sheet, you can download it here.

How to Review CARS Answers:

Reviewing CARS answers is fairly straight forward. I know it looks like a lot of steps, but it’s actually not that complicated.

Step 1: Wait at least four hours to review your CARS practice tests.

We recommend you grade your practice test right after you take it, but only mark down which questions you got wrong. DO NOT mark the correct answer or review the answer explanations! Try and move quickly so you don’t remember the correct answers to questions you missed.

Step 2: Only review questions that you either missed or marked as giving you trouble.

Step 3: Using your prediction from the last step of the question review, considering each of the answer choices to see if there are any that are obviously incorrect.

Eliminate any answer choices you can and write downon your scrap paper the reasons behindwhy you’re eliminating that answer choice. (Skip this step if you weren’t able to make a prediction.)

Step 4: With the remaining answer choices, go back to the main idea sentence you wrote during your passage review and see if this helps you eliminate any of the answer choices.

Eliminate any answer choices you can and write downon your scrap paper the reasons behindwhy you’re eliminating that answer choice. (Skip this step if you weren’t able to make a prediction.)

Step 5: If you still have any answer choices remaining, go paragraph by paragraph reading the one sentence summaries you wrote during the passage review, seeing if you’re able to eliminate any answer choices.

Eliminate any answer choices you can and write downon your scrap paper the reasons behindwhy you’re eliminating that answer choice. (Skip this step if you weren’t able to make a prediction.)

Step 6: If you still have any answer choices that are stumping you, now it’s time to go to the answer explanations and see what’s going on.

After reading the explanations, determine which type of answer choice each is and try to figure out why you weren’t able to eliminate it.

Step 7: After reading the answer explanations, write a sentence or two as to what makes the correct answer right, and also why any incorrect answers you were unable to eliminate are wrong.

Great job today. I know reviewing practice tests is one of the most boring aspects of MCAT prep, but it also pays the biggest dividends! Take your time. You should spend at least as long reviewing a CARS test as you spent taking it (so at least 90 minutes). Early on, especially when you’re missing and marking more questions than you will later, it may take more time. If your timing is down, and you’re doing a decent number of practice passages a week (roughly around 30 passages a week for the last six weeks of study), then there really isn’t a better way for you to spend your free time than reviewing practice passages (At least in terms of the MCAT!). Keep up the hard work. Enjoy your break day today!

Today’s Assignment: Take a break! Don’t do any practice passages today.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.”
– Thomas A. Edison

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