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ERIC Number: EJ790072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0510
What Role Does Schema Play in Preparing Minority Postbaccalaureate Students for the Reading Comprehension Section of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)?
Paul, Gina; Verhulst, Steve
Reading Improvement, v44 n4 p207-216 Win 2007
Problem: Minority students often score lower than majority students on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) Verbal Reasoning section. Method: To determine what role schema plays in reading comprehension in 64 adult minority students, the Treatment group viewed a slide presentation regarding a topic that both groups would be tested on in a simulated MCAT using a retired MCAT exam. Both groups were given a survey after taking the exam. Results: Significant differences for understanding, visualization, and perceived difficulty were observed between groups. Additionally, the Treatment group scored higher than the Control group and the recorded national average. Open-ended answers reflected the Treatment groups' ability to visualize information and ease of reading. Conclusion: Building schemas are important for developing reading skills in minorities. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Medical College Admission Test