MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Review 2019-2020: Online + Book

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Review 2019-2020: Online + Book

by Kaplan Test Prep

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Kaplan's MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Review 2019-2020 offers an expert study plan, detailed subject review, and hundreds of online and in-book practice questions – all authored by the experts behind the MCAT prep course that has helped more people get into medical school than all other major courses combined.

Prepping for the MCAT is a true challenge. Kaplan can be your partner along the way – offering guidance on where to focus your efforts and how to organize your review. This book has been updated to match the AAMC's guidelines precisely—no more worrying if your MCAT review is comprehensive!

The Most Practice
  • More than 350 questions in the book and access to even more online – more practice than any other MCAT CARS book on the market.
The Best Practice
  • Comprehensive CARS subject review is written by top-rated, award-winning Kaplan instructors.
  • Expanded content review for research design and the execution of research, and data-based and statistical analysis.
  • All material is vetted by editors with advanced science degrees and by a medical doctor.
  • Online resources, including a full-length practice test, help you practice in the same computer-based format you'll see on Test Day.
Expert Guidance
  • We know the test: The Kaplan MCAT team has spent years studying every MCAT-related document available.
  • Kaplan's expert psychometricians ensure our practice questions and study materials are true to the test.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506235417
Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Series: Kaplan Test Prep
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 877,578
File size: 26 MB
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Table of Contents

Preface iii

The Kaplan MCAT Review Team vi

About the MCAT vii

How This Book Was Created xviii

Using This Book xix

Chapter 1 About CARS 1

1.1 The CARS Section 4

1.2 Passages 4

1.3 Question Categories 5

Chapter 2 Analyzing Rhetoric 9

2.1 What Is Rhetoric? 12

2.2 Key Components of Rhetoric 12

2.3 Rhetorical Analysis 17

Chapter 3 Keywords 25

3.1 Reading Strategically with Keywords 28

3.2 Relation Keywords 30

3.3 Author Keywords 34

3.4 Logic Keywords 37

Chapter 4 Outlining the Passage 57

4.1 The Kaplan Method for CARS Passages 60

4.2 Reverse-Engineering the Author's Outline 64

4.3 Practicing the Strategy 68

Chapter 5 Dissecting Arguments 95

5.1 Domains of Discourse 98

5.2 Concepts: The Basic Elements of Logic 100

5.3 Claims: The Bearers of Truth Value 102

5.4 Arguments: Conclusions and Evidence 103

Chapter 6 Formal Logic 111

6.1 The Logic of Conditionals 114

6.2 Applications of Conditionals 117

6.3 Analogical Reasoning 120

Chapter 7 Understanding Passages 125

7.1 Varieties of Passages 128

7.2 Support in Passages 133

7.3 Anticipating Questions 136

Chapter 8 Question and Answer Strategy 161

8.1 Kaplan Method for CARS Questions 164

8.2 Wrong Answer Pathologies 168

8.3 Signs of a Healthy Answer 170

Chapter 9 Question Types I: Foundations of Comprehension Questions 193

9.1 Main Idea Questions 196

9.2 Detail Questions 198

9.3 Function Questions 203

9.4 Definition-in-Context Questions 205

Chapter 10 Question Types II: Reasoning Within the text: Questions 227

10.1 Inference Questions 230

10.2 Strengthen-Weaken (Within the Passage) Questions 236

10.3 Other Reasoning Within the Text Questions 242

Chapter 11 Question Types III: Reasoning Beyond the Text Questions 263

11.1 Apply Questions 266

11.2 Strengthen-Weaken (Beyond the Passage) Questions 273

11.3 Other Reasoning Beyond the Text Questions 277

Chapter 12 Effective Review of CARS 301

12.1 Learning from Your Mistakes 304

12.2 Thinking Like the Testmaker: Post-Phrasing 306

12.3 Improving Your Timing 308

12.4 Building Endurance 310

12.5 Enhancing Your Vocabulary 310

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