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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?
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.
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?