Ch 53: Verbal Reasoning for the MCAT: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Verbal Reasoning chapter of this MCAT Prep Help and Review course is the simplest way to master verbal reasoning. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of verbal reasoning for the MCAT.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering MCAT material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to prepare for the MCAT. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding how to infer meaning from a written passage or evaluate an argument's reasoning
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of studying English (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about verbal reasoning for the MCAT
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra English learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Verbal Reasoning for the MCAT chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Verbal Reasoning for the MCAT chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any verbal reasoning question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a verbal reasoning unit of a standard science course. Topics covered include:

  • Getting the gist of an essay
  • Applying close reading strategies
  • Inferring intended meaning
  • Using context clues
  • Understanding tone and mood
  • Interpreting literary meaning
  • Evaluating reasoning
  • Analyzing a literary passage

14 Lessons in Chapter 53: Verbal Reasoning for the MCAT: Help and Review
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Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

1. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

Getting the gist, or point, of a written document is a skill. Learn the guidelines that help readers quickly grasp the gist of an essay and use this skill to improve reading comprehension and writing, too.

What is a Thesis Statement?

2. What is a Thesis Statement?

A thesis statement sets the reader's expectations for the essay, sets up the primary argument in the essay, and answers a question. Explore common thesis misconceptions and the types of essays that do and don't require a thesis.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

3. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

Inference is a conclusion or opinion that is logically formed through observation, facts, reasoning and evidence. Learn about the meaning of inference, explore how to infer an intended meaning and understand how to practice making inferences.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

4. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

There are reading strategies for constructing meaning in literature. Learn to use prior knowledge to understand content, employ context clues to determine word definitions, and explain word structure and how it helps to comprehend unfamiliar words.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

5. Reading Strategies Using Visualization

Visualization is an effective reading strategy to support reading comprehension. This lesson will explore the definition, purpose, and benefits of visualization, as well as explain how to visualize while reading.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

6. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

There are a number of techniques used to determine the meaning of words by examining them in the context of a sentence. Learn how to look for definitions and examples within the sentence, pay attention to synonyms and antonyms, and substitute unknown words.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

7. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

Connotation is a word's figurative meaning, while denotation is a word's literal meaning. Explore the definitions of connotation and denotation, as well as examples of each from literature.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

8. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

In literature, mood is the feeling you get while reading a story, and tone is the author's attitude toward a subject. Learn more about how to identify mood and tone by looking at the setting, characters, details, and word choices.

What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

9. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

The structure of a written story impacts the story's meaning. This lesson will define what is in a story, the framework of a story, and how the story is organized impacts the meaning of the story.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

10. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

Examining literature with close-reading and big-picture reading techniques can aid in getting a firm grasp on understanding the text. Explore these two strategies and how they can be applied to many texts, including Shakespeare's 'Romero and Juliet.'

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

11. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

To interpret literature is to try and find the meaning or theme of the story. Discover how to use the text to guide your interpretation with key elements such as plot, characters, setting, symbols, and point of view.

How to Evaluate Reasoning

12. How to Evaluate Reasoning

A critical analysis includes the evaluation of a written document's reasoning. Learn the steps to evaluate an author's reasoning fairly regardless of position in an argument and to understand how to use tools such as inductive and deductive validity in the process.

How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

13. How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

Students of literature are sometimes required to answer multiple-choice questions about literature. Explore strategies to take tests and understand how to consider the literary text, the test questions, and your options to successfully complete the test.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

14. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

Literary analysis includes comprehension, interpretation, and drawing conclusions. Explore a step-by-step guide to analyzing literary passages, how to read for comprehension, how to use the steps of close reading to interpret a literary work, and how to draw conclusions from an analysis.

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