Well, to start with, it looks like you might need to increase your overall reading speed. If you're looking to do this in a "natural" way, then might I suggest English-language newspapers? Fiction might work, too; it'd probably be more interesting, but it might also result in you picking up a few bad habits re: the English language. Stay away from Twilight, certainly.
Thanks a lot for suggestions dear.
I have started reading Scientific American/The Economist etc it did indeed helped me in my RC in the real exam. But i failed to answer Q's confidently. May i was worried about keeping up the pace
How to i go about reading the fiction any other non-GMAT stuff to improve my reading skills? Any guidelines?
You can skim through RC passages, spending no more than a minute or so reading 'em. You will typically be asked to refer to the passage when you are answering the questions, anyway, so a close scan of the reading material will probably be wasted.
I am still not clear about the RC reading strategy. What has worked for me while practicing RC Q's:
1. Read each paragraph and take a one line short hand note. Pause and understand it as suggested by LSAT CR
guide. Do so for each paragraph of the passage.
2. After reading the full passage understand the main idea and tone etc
3. Answer the Q's. Go back to the passage for any Inference or Explicit Detail Q's
What i did in exam:
1. I was not able to follow the exact strategy in exam due to fear of loosing time.
2. I read and took mental notes for the passage.
So, the problem is if want to maintain accuracy i am loosing on time and if i care about time i compromise on accuracy
What to do with RC Reading?
You're already on the right track with the CR questions applying PoE to solve 'em; it just looks like you might need even more practice. Take note of which particular kinds of CR questions you have the most trouble with, or spend the most time on, and concentrate your practice sessions on tackling those subtypes.
I agree with you
But i am not able to reduce the time to solve for CR. It is 120-130 seconds on an average.
What sort of trouble are you having, exactly, with the SC questions? There are only so many different kinds of SC questions, and most of them come in certain types of formats; with enough practice, you should be familiar enough with the questions to tackle whatever comes out. The MGMAT books
should contain a list of the different types of questions; once again, take note of which subtypes you perform well on, and which you have more difficulty handling, and then focus your efforts on the types which are giving you more trouble.
There are two issues:
1. First is with time, i need at least 90 seconds to solve any SC problems. It move into 110-120 seconds for a Brutal SC problem.
2. Second is with accuracy in multiple concepts Q's. I have a good understanding of most of the concepts tested in the GMAT but while solving SC problems in testing condition, I inadvertently miss the one concept in the complex (multiple concept) SC Q's. Also more than normal time to solve SC Question (100+ seconds) is eating my time in Practice tests and leading to errors in RC and CR
I noticed that if an SC Q tests only one or two grammatical concept i am good with it. But when logical comparison, Parallelism, and Meaning Clarity join together, It is tough for me to solve the Q (end up spending more time or a wrong guess
The GMAT Pill
has an SC-only option available, if you feel that the MGMAT resources are insufficient. It's certainly not necessary to pick it up if you think that the MGMAT SC
guide is enough, and in all honesty it probably is. It all depends on what works for you
My current Verbal timing on an average are close to:
100+ seconds for SC
120-150 seconds for CR
6-7 minutes for Short Passages with 3Q
8-10 minutes for Long Passages with 4Q
Which is certainly a recipe for disaster
1. 15 SC Q ~ 23 minutes
2. 13 CR Q ~ 28 minutes
3. 13 RC Q ~ 31 minutes (3 * 7 + 1*10 = 31 minutes)
Total 83 minutes
SO it ends up at 8-9 minuts over
How to reduce these 8-9 minutes without compromising on accuracy?
Also where do i get fresh verbal practice material specially for SC?
I have done OG problems so many time that i can not judge myself on these Q's