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My score in RC (in CAT's) is constantly low

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My score in RC (in CAT's) is constantly low [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2011, 20:32

I have given 6 CATs (4 MGMAT and 2 GmatPrep v2005). My scores are ranging between 690 and 710 with Verbal ranging between 34-36.

Detailed breakup(only the number of wrong questions mentioned):

GmatPrep1 V38: SC-6, CR-4, RC-3
GmatPrep2 V36: SC-7, CR-3, RC-5
MGMAT1 V38: SC-4, CR-7, RC-4
MGMAT2 V34: SC-4, CR-5, RC-9
MGMAT3 V34: SC-5, CR-4, RC-9
MGMAT4 V34: SC-6, CR-3, RC-9

I always get a couple of questions wrong in SC due to silly mistakes. I am trying to improve it. However, my major hurdle is the RC section.

My RC score is consistantly "very low" and I feel that it will be the deciding point in my final GMAT score. Only if, I can push my accuracy in RC, I can expect a 700+ score.

RC experience: The passages are quite OK to comprehend. The average time taken to complete all the 4 RC's is between 30- 31 minutes. My 1st RC is generally right, and I get maximum wrong in the 2nd and 3rd RC. In MGMATs in am getting the last 3 RC's wrong. I dont get panicked seeing the length of the passage and try to give my best shot during RC. In addition, I dont feel exhausted while giving the paper too.
While reading the passage, I do take short notes. But whenever it comes to questionaire, I make blunders. I have analyzed my answers and found that my most vulnerable areas are (in order of severity): Inference questions followed by specific detail questions followed by main point questions.
The reason why i feel that i am consistantly getting so many wrong questions in RC, is because the language of the options given along each question is highly convoluted. I am often stuck between 2 options and I pick the wrong one. Many a times, I even pick the opposite answers OR out of scope answers (just because I am unable to understand the convoluted options properly in the limited time frame).

To improve it, I have gone through the GMAT CR bible --> inference questions and main point questions, but with not much success. I am trying very hard to practice a lot of RC's before exam, but I always end up getting questions (in inference, specific and main point) wrong.

Question: I have felt that the MGMAT RC passages are decent enough to comprehend. But the questions are highly convoluted. I tried to review RC questions and still I couldnt justify few answers to the questions.

Is it a general opinion of many students, or am I the only one facing this issue. Whats the probability of seeing such easy passages with highly convoluted questions in the real GMAT? Are real GMAT passages comparable to MGMATs'?

Can any expert suggest few things that i SHOULD follow Or some decent approaches that will help me increase my accuracy rate. 6-7 days more to go!
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Re: My score in RC (in CAT's) is constantly low [#permalink] New post 01 May 2011, 21:59
From what I've heard from people taking the GMAT, the RC in the real test is simple and not convoluted at all. Practicing from the OG and Aristotle guide should improve your RC score.

Re: My score in RC (in CAT's) is constantly low   [#permalink] 01 May 2011, 21:59
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