Suggested Reading

Students who have always done extremely well in college can be surprised when they find out how difficult it is to earn a high score on the CARS section of the MCAT. This is especially true for students who have devoted the majority of their undergraduate career to studying science. Climbing to the superior ranges in MCAT CARS is difficult. Some of the premeds you are competing against are humanities majors. Spending four years tackling Joyce or Proust has a way of making the reading comprehension challenges of the MCAT seem a bit easier. It's not too late, though, to become a strong reader. Just as your muscles become stronger, if you regularly work out with weights, your brain will increase its power for reading if you exercise it with difficult passages. To help you become a better reader, we have selected difficult, interesting works for each module that will help you practice focus and critical thinking. Don't neglect your reading each week! It will be hard to stick with this part of the program. There will always be the endocrine system to learn or biochemistry to study, but if you can be disciplined about this, it will pay off not only in a higher score on the CARS section but in pleasure and enrichment.

With each module, this learning program asks you to devote ninety minutes to the practice of uninterrupted, full concentration in reading a variety of nonfiction works at least one time each module. Ninety minutes is the length of the CARS section. You can pick and choose to your preference, as long as you read from a variety. There are suggestions within each module. Alternatively, you might choose to keep a small library of nonfiction works as your companions in MCAT preparation, actual physical books, to which to retreat for interest and enjoyment with permission from your MCAT course. You might find a few works of interest among the 100 Best Nonfiction Books written in the last century (according to the Modern Library). The specific selections are not so important as long as your selections challenge you and the works you choose come from a variety of subject areas. What is important is that you read serious, difficult non-fiction from a variety of genres and devote at least ninety minutes each week to the practice. Such a practice absolutely will improve your performance with CARS passages.