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# HOW TO DESTROY READING COMPREHENSION PASSAGES BY RHYME

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23 Apr 2011, 05:50
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I must admit when 4-5 months ago I first read Rhyme's method, I thought it was just bullshit and I would never ever use it because I needed to read the passage thoroughly.

And... it took 2 live tests and months of preparation to become a true believe in this technique. IT DOES WORK AND WORKS GREATLY! Rhyme, thanks for enlightement!!!
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24 Apr 2011, 13:05
Great techniques. For those who would like to understand how to attack RC through video, you can try these videos:

Approach is similar and different at the same time. See which style fits you best.
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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TECHNIQUE!!!
I must admit when 4-5 months ago I first read Rhyme's method, I thought it was just bullshit and I would never ever use it because I needed to read the passage thoroughly.

And... it took 2 live tests and months of preparation to become a true believe in this technique. IT DOES WORK AND WORKS GREATLY! Rhyme, thanks for enlightement!!!

Hey, just saw this... thanks!

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19 May 2011, 08:37
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Vorskl wrote:
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TECHNIQUE!!!
I must admit when 4-5 months ago I first read Rhyme's method, I thought it was just bullshit and I would never ever use it because I needed to read the passage thoroughly.

And... it took 2 live tests and months of preparation to become a true believe in this technique. IT DOES WORK AND WORKS GREATLY! Rhyme, thanks for enlightement!!!

Hey, just saw this... thanks!

This methodology of attacking RC gives us hope to survive the next day fighting for GMAT !

Thank you, Rhyme.
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27 May 2011, 00:43
Dear Rhyme,

I haven't yet started GMAT RC. I will later update when I have gone through it.
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Dear Rhyme,

Moreover, in this case, when you have both a mental map and notes at hand, you can start the question with higher self-confidence compared to when you jump to the questions with just some notes and a shattered understanding of the text (as you yourself have admitted in your post and my experience with ALGAE)

One point I wish to emphasize here is the importance of improving one skill in your reading, everybody!

I haven't yet started GMAT RC. I will later update when I have gone through it. But this is what I have come to understand about RC after several years of voraciously reading English literature and other stuff (hold my BA in English literature). I don't consider a big difference between GMAT RC and other RCs expect the time constraint, which as I said can be alleviated by keeping in mind that spending on reading is compensated by a high ROI in answering the questions without referring to the text.

Hope it helps!
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27 May 2011, 01:53
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Dear Rhyme,

Moreover, in this case, when you have both a mental map and notes at hand, you can start the question with higher self-confidence compared to when you jump to the questions with just some notes and a shattered understanding of the text (as you yourself have admitted in your post and my experience with ALGAE)

One point I wish to emphasize here is the importance of improving one skill in your reading, everybody!

I haven't yet started GMAT RC. I will later update when I have gone through it. But this is what I have come to understand about RC after several years of voraciously reading English literature and other stuff (hold my BA in English literature). I don't consider a big difference between GMAT RC and other RCs expect the time constraint, which as I said can be alleviated by keeping in mind that spending on reading is compensated by a high ROI in answering the questions without referring to the text.

Hope it helps!

good comment
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03 Jul 2011, 17:58
I will give this approach a shot and see if I can find some improvement in RC! It has become my GMAT verbal nemesis!

Btw, is the Black Death passage a true GMAT passage? I would kill myself if something so dense shows up in my Test. I guess I can never get to the state where GMAT will dare present me this level of RC :p. But you never know with those stupid GMAT dummy questions, if GMAT decides to tease me with such a monster - I guess I should just skip in that case as I should be sure that it is a dummy question and I definitely don't deserve that respect of such a hard RC. BTW... WHAT DO YOU THINK OF SKIPPING, if you are SURE that you can't get such a hard question, so it has to be a test question?
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the best strategy is do 10 RC daily in the last 30 days of exam...so that you keep momentum before exam in RC
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23 Jul 2011, 16:40
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the best strategy is do 10 RC daily in the last 30 days of exam...so that you keep momentum before exam in RC

Do you mean 10 RC questions or 10 passages? I will puke my stomach out if I did 10 passage a day :p, moreover these isn't as much RC material out there! I hope you mean 2-4 passage a day?
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27 Jul 2011, 11:28
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Hello!

While we try to avoid the word "skim," rhyme is right in that one should NEVER sit down to read the passage as if he or she were sitting in their living room with a pipe and a smoking jacket. The passage is there for REFERENCE. The questions will force test-takers to go back and pick at certain details with a fine-toothed comb, or to draw inferences from single sentences or thoughts. Its not high school or college, where you read the textbook and are then tested on it without being able to go back. So the first read is merely meant for orientation and to get a decent grasp on the subject matter, the author's intentions, and the basic structure.

Getting up to speed on RC is increasing your ability to take in information without READING in the traditional sense, which is what rhyme is after. Happy hunting!

p.s. here's a sample:

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1) The author of this post's primary purpose is to
a) Supplant rhyme's theory of 'skimming' reading comprehension passages with his own
b) Discuss useful GMAT test-taking strategies and offer relevant examples that are useful to test-takers
c) Encourage test-takers to supplement rhyme's reading comprehension suggestions with practical exercises
d) Raise doubts as to GMAT test-takers' ability to read entire RC passages and answer questions in the allotted time
e) Suggest a variety of practical strategies with which to create sample GMAT inference questions

Thanks for the brief and the points you mentioned in addition to Rhyme's
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24 Aug 2011, 07:13
Thanks Rhyme for the detailed info on the approach.
I think this is worth a try for everyone out there.

I would also request others who have followed this approach to post a few passages explaining their thought process. I am sure many people are still worried about the use of this technique for answering more general questions.
Rhyme has already explained one such question. But I would still want to have a few more samples explaining the method or approach to answer such questions.

Rhyme has already shown us the path. I cannot ask him to keep on explaining with more examples.
So I would really appreciate if others chip in with few more samples.

Thanks!
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04 Sep 2011, 07:30
This technique is amazing.

Not sure what else to say. I was having difficulty with the MGMAT RC problem set questions until I began utilizing the method. My overall completion time for a set is down as well as my error rate.

Huge kudos for this!
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09 Feb 2012, 00:50
Great style and thanks for the information. Even though the inital post is not fresh any more. I will try to practice this approach in my verbal prep periord over the next 3 weeks. THANKS!
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09 Feb 2012, 20:10
Nice post... very well explanied how to deal with RC. Thanks
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17 Feb 2012, 12:56
I was wondering how applicable this approach is to single dense paragraphs on the RC section.

I was looking at the 12th edition OG RC Q.50 and it's accompanying passage, and it's a killer of a one-paragraph only passage.

Any ideas on how best to tackle it?
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23 Mar 2012, 12:34
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I was wondering how applicable this approach is to single dense paragraphs on the RC section.

I was looking at the 12th edition OG RC Q.50 and it's accompanying passage, and it's a killer of a one-paragraph only passage.

Any ideas on how best to tackle it?

To answer my own question, I experimented with the approach with single paragraph passages, and the best technique I've found is to seek out a natural break in the flow of the passage to mentally make it into a separate paragraph. It helps tremendously.
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but i think for complex passages you can't skim otherwise you can't serach where to go back for specific question......
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18 Jun 2012, 00:27
Hi Rhyme,

Of late we have been having RC passages which are only 1 or 2 paragraphs instead of traditional 3 or 4 paras, do you think the mentioned strategy would still work, coz in a 1 paragraph passage, with this strat you study the whole passage.Also I tried your strat for a couple of passages versus traditional "full reading", my hit rate was high only in full reading with both same time duration, does your strat takes more time to evolve?
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18 Sep 2012, 00:01
hey. should we follow the same approach with short-passages as well? As in short-passages , reading through one para and just reading the first line of second para , doesnt really helps. one ultimately has to go through the second one.
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