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What can I expect in the Verbal Reasoning section?

The Verbal Reasoning section of the MCAT exam is composed of 40 passage-based, multiple-choice questions that test your ability to read attentively and make reasonable inferences based on the information provided to you. These passages are selected and adapted from a variety of publications intended for well-educated readers—material similar to those a college junior would be assigned.

It’s important to realize that you are not expected to have any background knowledge about these subjects or any previous expertise in them. Rather, the correct answer for each question can either be found directly in the passage itself or by applying the information within the passage to any new information contained within the question.

The content areas from which the verbal reasoning passages are drawn are humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences and technology. For a description of each content area, view the Preparing for the MCAT Exam page.

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