Physics Question Pack, Passage 1
Passage where we visualize and diagram out two systems to compare. We use some math tricks and unit conversions to help answer questions.



Sample Test, Psychology/Sociology, Passage 1
Passage where critical thinking plays a big role when reading the passage and helps with answering the questions. Workshopped figure main ideas.



Sample Test, Chemistry/Physics, Passage 5
Passage where finding the main idea and analyzing figures helps answer most questions, and an in-depth experiment analysis in the questions portion.



Section Bank, Biology/Biochemistry, Passage 3
Text-only passage with our focus on making predictions, using topic sentences to guide our reading, main idea finding, and careful reading of the questions.



Biology Question Pack, Volume 1, Passage 4
Unique passage that is dominated by an eight-step figure. We discuss how to approach large figures and prioritize timing.



Section Bank, Psychology/Sociology, Passage 2
Passage with an in-depth analysis of p-values and their significance in evaluating data, along with linking and following argument logic.



Sample Test, Biology/Biochemistry, Passage 1
Passage without figures focused on purpose finding, using this as we go sentence-by-sentence through the passage and one of the questions in particular.



Sample Test, Chemistry/Physics, Passage 4
Passage where we spent time drawing out table data for comparisons and making inferences and predictions early on.



Sample Test, Chemistry/Physics, Passage 6
Passage where we focus on making predictions and inferences at different points of the passage and understanding complex tables.



Section Bank, Chemistry/Physics, Passage 2
Passage where we focus on summarizing and synthesizing passage information and being deliberate with how we answer questions.


Section Bank, Biology/Biochemistry, Passage 2
Passage where multiple forms of visualization are used to synthesize the passage information and best understand the complex figures.


Section Bank, Biology/Biochemistry, Passage 1
Passage where we paired purpose finding and making inferences and predictions to best practice comprehension monitoring while reading.


Official Guide, Psychology/Sociology, Passage 2
Passage where we used recognizing text structures for interpreting experimental designs, including finding the independent and dependent variables and finding flaws in proposed experiments.


Official Guide, Psychology/Sociology, Passage 1
Passage requiring recognizing text structures and linking between the multiple follow-up and the main experiment.


Section Bank, Chemistry/Physics, Passage 1
Passage describing a novel experimental technique that required comprehension monitoring and purpose finding to properly understand the experimental design.


Official Guide, Psychology/Sociology, Passage 5
Lots of practice using background information and previewing on this memory-focused passage.


Official Guide, Psychology/Sociology, Passage 4
Another passage without figures and using diagramming to track the factors being tested and their results. WARNING: My microphone cuts out for about 2 minutes during a question, but I go back and re-cover that question immediately after.


Section Bank, Psychology/Sociology, Passage 9
Passage without figures posing challenges on how to track experimental design and results logically. Questions highlight the importance of synthesizing content knowledge with passage information.


Official Guide, Biology/Biochemistry, Passage 5
Biology passage that required linking from figures to text both before and after the figure. Also includes analysis of what type of questions to make predictions for before reading answers.


Official Guide, Chemistry/Physics, Passage 5
Chemistry passage that showed the importance of predicting as we read and spending time analyzing undiagrammed reactions. Ends with very difficult questions and diagramming those to understand their logic.


Official Guide, Psychology/Sociology, Passage 3
Behavioral sciences passage with a focus on recognizing text structure to make more informed predictions, improve main idea finding, and interpret groups of experiments.


Official Guide, Chemistry/Physics, Passage 3
Chemistry passage focused on taking the key takeaways from passages and applying them to difficult questions.


Official Guide, Biology/Biochemistry, Passage 4
Great biology passage to practice linking figures to text and make predictions as we read.


Official Guide, Chemistry/Physics, Passage 2
Great physics passage to practice on. Reveals the important of text-image linking, background knowledge, and memorizing the equations.


Official Guide, Biology/Biochemistry, Passage 2
Very tough passage. Great for practicing diagramming and learning research protocols.


Official Guide, Chemistry/Physics, Passage 1
A very tough passage that requires strong background knowledge. Great one for practicing those graph interpretation skills.


Official Guide, Biology/Biochemistry, Passage 1
This passage goes to show how important it is to nail down every detail of the content.


Official Guide, Biology/Biochemistry, Passage 3
Very tough passage that requires diagramming and careful analysis of the graphs.


Section Bank, Biology/Biochemistry, Passage 4
Great session with an emphasis on diagramming confusing paragraphs and interpreting very challenging graphs!


Official Guide Questions, CARS Passage 2, Questions 6-11
Official Guide Questions, Chemistry/Physics Passage 4, Questions 15 – 19
This was a trial run session to gauge interest in weekly Live Strategy Sessions. Let’s just say everyone seemed to like it. 🙂

How we Matched up the Khan Academy Passages with the eCourse Lessons

Each lesson of the eCourse contains links to 1 to 5 Khan Academy science passages for the purpose of providing you with non-AAMC material to practice your science passage reading skills on. By completing all the linked passages within every lesson, you will have finished all the freely available Khan Academy science passages.

To match up the Khan Academy Science Passages with the eCourse lessons, we carefully examined the passage and question content of each one. Then we decided which lesson of the eCourse best correlated with that content. You may notice that some passages don’t match up perfectly with the current lesson. If they don’t match up with the current lesson, they should match up with one of the previous lessons in the module. We did this carefully so that you could practice your science passage reading skills on passages that contain the content you’ve already learned.

Why we don’t recommend non-AAMC CARS practice questions

We recommend practicing CARS by reading non-AAMC CARS passages but not doing the associated practice problems. The reason we don’t recommend doing the practice problems is because the MCAT is written by the AAMC. They have a very unique style in which they write CARS practice questions that third-party companies (try as they might) are unable to replicate. When students spend time on non-AAMC CARS practice problems, they get familiar with the wrong style of questioning, leading them to overthink and incorrectly respond to the questions written by the AAMC. Thus, it is in your best interest to solely practice on AAMC CARS practice questions.

That said, we highly recommend practicing your reading skills on non-AAMC CARS passages. In our Ultimate CARS Strategy Course, we provide you with 1,000 free CARS passages and 100+ homework assignments, giving you ample material to practice on. Reading countless passages while practicing the proper reading habits and strategies will prepare you well to conquer the CARS section as it was written by the AAMC.

Which books do the lessons match up with?

The books we use in each lesson are linked below. We plan to stick with these older editions of the books since very little has changed and the older editions are much more affordable:

First Edition of the Kaplan 7-book Series
First Edition of the Princeton 7-book Series

Do the chapters match up perfectly?

The Kaplan Books, Princeton Books, and Khan Academy Videos were all produced by different authors. For this reason, there are some chapters in the Kaplan Book or Princeton Book that are not even found in the Khan Academy Videos and vice versa. For instance, the Kaplan and Princeton Books have chapters that cover certain experimental procedures that the Khan Academy Videos do not cover.

Our goal in matching up the books with the videos was to correlate the content as best as possible while also covering ALL the content from every resource. For this reason, when nothing in the Kaplan Books matched up with one of the video playlists, instead of leaving the reading assignment for Kaplan blank, we inserted material that did not fit in anywhere else (i.e. one of those chapters on an experimental procedure that was not covered by Khan Academy). So, when the assignment doesn’t appear to match up right, please know that this was intentional.

*If you follow the reading assignments outlined, you will finish the entire Kaplan 7-book series and/or Princeton 7-book series by the time you finish all 10 content modules.

Do the sections match up perfectly?

If the sections assigned in our eCourse do not match up with the sections contained in your content review book, you may have a different edition. The sections should still match up the large majority of the time, but in the rare instance that they don’t, I’d recommend simply reading sections that do match up and saving the ones that do not for a future lesson.

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