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RC any advice? [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2006, 16:05
What should do a test taker that English is not his/her native language? RC is very difficult for me because I have to translate every single sentence I read, into my language, in order to fully understand it.If I just skim (and the topic is not something I am familiar with) I end up feeling like I never read it! Translating takes me a lot of time and there are several important words in every passage that I don't know what they mean and this slows me down even more...I have practised a lot, but I still feel that RC is much more difficult for international test takers...Anyone else with the same problem?Any suggestions?
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I have helped many students with RC for whom English was not their first langauge. For most of these students, skimming did not work very well. I believe the reason that it does not work for non-native speakers is that effective skimming requires a high level of situational awareness in that language in order for the reader to gauge with speed which elements of the passage are truly important.

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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2006, 17:12
So you advice me to continue translating? Every time I read very carefully all passages (at practise tests) time finishes and I have 4-5 questions unanwered...My score at verbal is always between 24-27/41.
(I have done many full tests and I never had more than 27 or less than 24 correct answers...)
I believe that unknown words and timing are my worst enemies...I don't aim very high, 600-640 would be ideal...I have 1 more month to practise, what should I do?
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