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blinded by Kaplan science chapter [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2011, 04:20
hey,

how reflective is the science chapter of real GMAT?

was quite hard to read not to mention the questions
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Re: blinded by Kaplan science chapter [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2011, 04:37
What is the Science Chapter ? Could you please explain in detail ?
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Re: blinded by Kaplan science chapter [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2011, 04:57
there is a chapter in kaplan800 that is called : "blinded by science", which involves some hard passages.
i read 3 lines and then lost my self completly.
i see their method-hard in practice, easy in real but sometmes they fly too far away
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Re: blinded by Kaplan science chapter [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2011, 05:08
So the problem is not specific to science then ? If you feel so, try reading the Scientific American every day (2 articles/day)
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Re: blinded by Kaplan science chapter [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2012, 03:56
I have just finished the entire RC section of the Kaplan 800. Some passages involve a lot of jargon, and admittedly Kaplan has tinkered around with the grammar and edited the language (from the ideal language) to make passages tougher to comprehend. When i initially started RC i was having trouble with harder RC passages ( harder usually meant TOUGHER JARGON, BORING TOPICS, and continuous back and forth ). Although RC has more to do with one's reading ability (honed in by years of reading experience) there are certain ways (strategy/tricks, whatever you want to call them) one can become SYSTEMATIC, Regimental in his/her approach. Whichever strategy you may choose (the one that works for you) do keep in mind that the strategy has to WORK for you WHEN YOU ARE FATIGUED and generally disinterested to read the passage (such as towards the end of a long GMAT exam)..I finished all the RC questions on the kaplan 800 in one sitting, and got 5 questions wrong . Even if the passage was of interest to me (Such as the one relating to ATP's and aerobic/anerobic energy production/citric acid cycle for example) i still used my strategy and was able to separate out a lot of jargon and get to the point.

I do think Kaplan 800 does a good job, and presents TOUGH passages for practice (although they may or may not be of GMAT style) and i feel it is more representative of what i saw in GMAT PREP then the OG (some of the passages and questions on the OG13 are too simple to be relevant).

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i read 3 lines and then lost my self completly


There is a tried and tested way to get around this problem. Whenever we have to sit and comprehend a boring lecture in school the best way is to - TAKE NOTES. Treat the boring passage (filled with a lot of science jargon which you may not be used to coming from the legal side) as a text book passage which you have to reasonably comprehend in order to answer a few questions. If you usually write 3-4 lines per passage, write 8-10 (more detailed)..Sure you may take a minute more to write the extra few lines but that could mean getting 3 out of 4 correct vs getting 1 out 4 correct (happened to me on GMAT prep, when i tried going blind on a boring passage that was the last question of the test)..

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try reading the Scientific American every day (2 articles/day)


If you go a step beyond. Try reading a couple of Science articles (or journals from pubmed ) and then try to create HEADLINES or one to two line summaries for each paragraph so that on G-Day you have a clearly practiced strategy for Boring topics..
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