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How to reduce 'time to solve' for CR Q's

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How to reduce 'time to solve' for CR Q's [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2012, 22:56
I have studied CR from Powerscore LR Bible and MGMAT LSAT CR and GMAT CR guide.

I like the MGMAT's concept of Argument Core (P --> C).
As suggested in Manhattan LSAT CR, I take abbreviated notes of only P --> C relationship in case of Assumption Family Q's and in case of non-Assumption Q's i take abbreviated notes to understand whats going on specially in Inference. With abbreviated notes my accuracy is close to 100%. :-D

The problem is that i am taking ~ 2 minutes (plus minus 15 seconds) to solve a CR Q but with confidence and 100% accuracy. :cry:

If i don't take notes the accuracy goes for a toss and i am hardly confident of choosing the answer :roll:

I don't reread the argument or answer choice.

Any advice :idea: to reduce the time for CR?
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Re: How to reduce 'time to solve' for CR Q's [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2012, 09:58
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bgs4gmat wrote:
I have studied CR from Powerscore LR Bible and MGMAT LSAT CR and GMAT CR guide.

I like the MGMAT's concept of Argument Core (P --> C).
As suggested in Manhattan LSAT CR, I take abbreviated notes of only P --> C relationship in case of Assumption Family Q's and in case of non-Assumption Q's i take abbreviated notes to understand whats going on specially in Inference. With abbreviated notes my accuracy is close to 100%. :-D

The problem is that i am taking ~ 2 minutes (plus minus 15 seconds) to solve a CR Q but with confidence and 100% accuracy. :cry:

If i don't take notes the accuracy goes for a toss and i am hardly confident of choosing the answer :roll:

I don't reread the argument or answer choice.

Any advice :idea: to reduce the time for CR?
Hi bgs4gmat,

The best way to speed up CR problems is to predict the answer before you look at the answer choices. If you already know what you're looking for, you don't have to read the answers thorough; you can just scan until you find a match. Moreover, you won't waste any time ruling out tempting traps choices--they don't match what you think the answer should be, so you won't get distracted!

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Re: How to reduce 'time to solve' for CR Q's [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2012, 21:42
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bgs4gmat wrote:
I have studied CR from Powerscore LR Bible and MGMAT LSAT CR and GMAT CR guide.

I like the MGMAT's concept of Argument Core (P --> C).
As suggested in Manhattan LSAT CR, I take abbreviated notes of only P --> C relationship in case of Assumption Family Q's and in case of non-Assumption Q's i take abbreviated notes to understand whats going on specially in Inference. With abbreviated notes my accuracy is close to 100%. :-D

The problem is that i am taking ~ 2 minutes (plus minus 15 seconds) to solve a CR Q but with confidence and 100% accuracy. :cry:

If i don't take notes the accuracy goes for a toss and i am hardly confident of choosing the answer :roll:

I don't reread the argument or answer choice.

Any advice :idea: to reduce the time for CR?


I'm not sure why you think taking 2 minutes is a long time. Check out this article on timing benchmarks (http://www.manhattangmat.com/articles/keeping-pace.cfm). You can safely take 2 minutes (or even up to 2:30) on CR questions and still have adequate time for all Verbal questions.

To answer your question about speeding up, make sure you are eliminating the clearly wrong answers (ie out of scope) quickly so you can spend quality time determining which of the remaining 2-3 is correct.

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Re: How to reduce 'time to solve' for CR Q's [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2012, 22:32
KyleWiddison wrote:

I'm not sure why you think taking 2 minutes is a long time. Check out this article on timing benchmarks (http://www.manhattangmat.com/articles/keeping-pace.cfm). You can safely take 2 minutes (or even up to 2:30) on CR questions and still have adequate time for all Verbal questions.

I agree with you and have read the article in past. I was happy to spend the maximum time for particular Q types.
But i end up troubling with time and accuracy with this timing in real exam and mocks. Here are my current timings (taking notes and close to 100% accuracy)
This is what i was averaging before my GMAT:

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

As i answered Q's correctly the difficult level sets up at 700 plus and i take upper limit of the timing in all Q type.
This sum up to higher than required time for verbal section :-(

KyleWiddison wrote:
To answer your question about speeding up, make sure you are eliminating the clearly wrong answers (ie out of scope) quickly so you can spend quality time determining which of the remaining 2-3 is correct.
KW

This is what i felt made the difference on the exam day. I know all the wrong answer type but wasn't able to internalize the whole process.
I am attempting again all the verbal Q' from Official sources to internalize the whole process of eliminating clearly wrong answer choices faster.

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