Taking down notes is a good strategy, however if you're finishing the passage in 7-10 mins that means you're not taking down notes effectively. Note taking doesn't mean just jotting down the details in the passage, it means your the condensed version of your opionion about a paragraph alongwith some details in as many few words as possible.
How many passages have you practised the strategies you have learnt on. Generally, RC needs a lot of practice and you'll have to fine tune your strategies as a result of which you'll eventually become better at RCs.
Thanks!! I have practiced it on approx 4-5 easy passages and 15-20 medium to hard passages. Yesterday I just focused only on medium passages and I did notice the note taking speed has slightly improved. Down to approx 5- 6 mins. Note taking sometimes does not helps me at all in solving certain complex questions in which I may be failed to write down that particular keyword in my notes for example. So I end up reading that paragraph all over again or go again finding where the keyword is. The success rate decreases significantly.
Also, please advise if there are different strategies to solve hard questions (the ones like "the author agrees with all EXCEPT" etc).
Can I post example(s) from another website here?