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How to Overcome timing issues in Verbal ?

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How to Overcome timing issues in Verbal ? [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2012, 03:05
Currently scoring in the range of 31-35 in Verbal. I have around 10 mins for the last 10 questions and and take around 100-110 seconds to solve a SC problem.

What is the way out of this -

a.) Practice SC/CR/RC and reduce timing in all of the three.
b.) Give sectional tests in Verbal and monitor your timing.
c.) Read 1000 pages of non fiction to improve reading speed.
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Re: How to Overcome timing issues in Verbal ? [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2012, 06:32
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Currently scoring in the range of 31-35 in Verbal. I have around 10 mins for the last 10 questions and and take around 100-110 seconds to solve a SC problem.

What is the way out of this -

a.) Practice SC/CR/RC and reduce timing in all of the three.
b.) Give sectional tests in Verbal and monitor your timing.
c.) Read 1000 pages of non fiction to improve reading speed.



I'd recommend starting with (a) - then test yourself with (b). There are certain techniques and strategies that help you spot only the most important parts of each question so you don't fall into the booby trap of wasting time on unnecessary parts of a question or answer choice. Make sure you understand these techniques from the beginning so you don't bump your head and waste your valuable time.

(c) is more of a long term strategy. And if you don't know what exactly to focus on when reading 1,000 pages of non-fiction, you're not going to make any progress doing (c). (c) can help, but you have to come in with a specific purpose. You can't just simply sweep your eyeballs across the page and expect improvement.
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Re: How to Overcome timing issues in Verbal ? [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2012, 22:22
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AbhiJ wrote:
Currently scoring in the range of 31-35 in Verbal. I have around 10 mins for the last 10 questions and and take around 100-110 seconds to solve a SC problem.

What is the way out of this -

a.) Practice SC/CR/RC and reduce timing in all of the three.
b.) Give sectional tests in Verbal and monitor your timing.
c.) Read 1000 pages of non fiction to improve reading speed.


I would recommend a modified version of options A and B. You recognize that you have a speed problem with SC because that is the only problem type you provided data on. Your target timing for SC should be 75-80 seconds, so at your current pace you are losing 6+ minutes right there. The best way to attack your timing is to do focused SC study to improve your capabilities and to increase your speed. [Are you using any study materials beyond the OG? If not you should.]

Part of that focused SC study needs to include short "timed sets" of OG problems. Start by doing 3 problems in 3:45 and track how long each problem takes you. You probably won't be able to complete all three problems at first, but spend some time afterwards to determine where you are slow. Are you overanalyzing the sentence? Does it take you too long to eliminate the most obviously wrong choices? Do you spend too much time second guessing yourself? Do you have a consistent pace or do some problems take much more time? Doing short timed sets will make it easier for you to answer these questions about yourself. As you start to understand why you are slow and start to improve your timing, expand your timed sets to 5-10 problems at a time.

As you get better with SC, you'll want to complete 20-30 minute timed sets with all Verbal question types. Take very good track of your timing for each problem so you can identify additional areas for improvement.

Lastly, I would not recommend reading that amount of non-fiction just to improve your speed (it might bore you to death!). If you want to practice reading, practice RC problems in your spare time.

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Re: How to Overcome timing issues in Verbal ?   [#permalink] 24 Jul 2012, 22:22
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