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letdown!! Plz help [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2007, 20:39
...so I decided to become serious about it. I bought Manhattan SC solely based on reviews here. Somehow decided on Kaplan math work book and of-course OG 11 which needed no recommendations. Also went through Manhattan CR and RC.
It has been 15 days of preparation, can't really comment on my progress. Still the most intimidating part so far is RC for me. I gave a fully confident kick-start to this section but as I went on practicing it started haunting me. Although I have only done 10-15 passages, still my confidence is all flat by my awful performance. I take very long to read it fully and still select all wrong answers.I am beginning to panic even before I start reading it. I foolishly read the same simple line 3-4 times with no output. My basic problem is English not being my mother-tongue. But I am sure quite a number of people here are in same state who are still doing good. My spirit for GMAT is getting low because of this issue, not that I am great in Quantitative but I had hopes that my practice would bring me at least 650-700.
Is this a bad idea to start tests with OG? Should I opt for some easier stuff for beginning? any suggestions? did anybody follow those skeleton strategies of Manhattan's ? Do they really take long or is it just me?
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letdown!! Plz help [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2007, 20:59
Don't take too long to read passage because you're still not likely to retain enough to answer questions without going back so read to get general flow of passage and try to retain as much as you could but don't take too long.
Also try to work on your mental state of mind - try to practice without panicking and trust yourself while doing questions and keep going. Also try practicing to assimilate what the question is asking the first time you read it and avoid reading lines a few times. This is probably happening because you're panicking and some of it is probably normal but you have to minimize it as much as you can. I am trying to get better on RC too.
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English is my native language and there were still some of the harder, more scientific, RC passages that I read several times without really understanding what they were saying!

One of the tips given in the various books is to write down, in your own words, the thesis of the passage as well as the main ideas of each paragraph and the conclusion. I think that this has worked for other people as it helps you to pick out the pertinent information. I hope it goes better for you!
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letdown!! Plz help [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2007, 08:29
Yes. Paying attention to what main idea or thesis is while reading should be very helpful. I had forgotten to mention earlier and came back to do that and saw ishcabibble had already done so.
It is usually located in first third of passage. You can eliminate answer choices that run contrary to thesis.
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Thanks [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2007, 11:39
Thank you both. I'm going to try what you said. Any comments on OG practice tests for a beginner?
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