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Need RC strategies [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2003, 11:04
Can some of you people provide RC stategies that you used?
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2004, 16:40
Aside from the obvious (practice Kaplan, OG, Princeton, etc.), I have two suggestions:

1. Do a bit of reading each day that is unrelated to the GMAT, even if only for 10-15 minutes. Read the types of stuff you have never read before. Like for economics, read the "Wealth of Nations" or some other stuffy classic. Read something science-related, perhaps from a technical magazine like "Scientific America," where the articles are written in lay terms but can be somewhat engaging and complicated. Also, "Atlantic Monthly" has long, interesting articles. Practice reading, but proactively, not casually. When you read, try to stop every few paragraphs and summarize the topic/concept/argument.

2. In the "Insider's Guide to the GMAT CAT" by Karl Weber, he suggests a strategy which is very helpful: Read the passage three times, and then try to answer the questions. First, read it quickly-- skim, rather. Try to get the main point. Then, read it one time slowly and carefully. Then, skim it a third and final time. When you skim it, try to summarize the topic/main point and also look carefully at the structure. Again: Skim it, read it carefully, then skim it again. That way, when you answer the questions, you are familiar with the passage and know where to look for the answer.

Here is one of my tricks: The answer must be 100%. In other words, if there is any ambiguity in the answer, it is wrong. There are usually three answers which are blatently wrong, one which is ambigious or partially correct, and one which is actually correct. You can usually narrow it down to these two. Make sure the one you choose has no ambiguity.

Good luck.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2004, 21:20
Very useful information. Thank you.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2004, 22:03
Solve the OG RC problems after a hard day's work, or at the very end of your study session - basically when you are stressed out. You have to learn how to read RC questions when you have already undergone 2 1/2 hrs of stress.

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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2004, 05:21
I found this very useful in improving my reading. A highly scientific approach....
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2004, 00:37
Man, that was a looong RC :read

thanks for the info!
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2004, 07:01
hey, buddy,
a cool resource!!! RC is my major a pain-in-the ass!
thanx!
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2004, 23:50
I found a software for improving reading speed.

http://www.stepware.com/download.html

The "Online Reader and Expert Mode" is very good for practice.
It's has 30-day evaluation license. I guess you can use un-install/reinstall...
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2004, 00:21
:cool

how do u find this software?? does it really work?

u may want to try this one http://www.gi.ru/english
I believe they have english interface as well.
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