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12 May 2006, 09:42
RC Tips

These are the tips give by Nandan (shahnandan), I found them quite logical & extremely helpful. Thanks to Nandan once again!
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16 May 2006, 06:15
I think that the main thing to do the exam well is to be a very active reader. I mean that have to bees used to read a lot of articles, newspapers and all you can in order to make it easier for you.

I know that it is too difficult. Personally, it's the worst part of the GMAT and that is the reason why many people has to put a lot of effort in it.

I hope to continue reading and improve the results.

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20 May 2006, 19:35
I read this thread and started taking RCs personally...as if I am reading my future (!!) and it really increased by hit rate.
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09 Oct 2006, 06:47
Hi guys let me put 2 cents into your discussion. I just allocate more time for reading comprehension, because skimming technique advertised by Princeton Review doesn't work. I read text thoroughly and try to understand every twist, then I answer the questions. Although my results are not good enough yet, I stick to this strategy, because I get 90% correct answers. Time is the main issue.
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13 Oct 2006, 21:20
Hi guys let me put 2 cents into your discussion. I just allocate more time for reading comprehension, because skimming technique advertised by Princeton Review doesn't work. I read text thoroughly and try to understand every twist, then I answer the questions. Although my results are not good enough yet, I stick to this strategy, because I get 90% correct answers. Time is the main issue.

I would agree with you. but you can't ignore the timing factor.

I believe most people will answer a higher percentage of questions correctly by reading thoroughly, but if you can't finish the questions on time, the effort is basically minimized by the questions u have to guess when time runs out.

i have this timing problem too. and gotta find ways to conquer it yet not drop the accuracy of the answers.
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16 Nov 2006, 02:00
As I have been preparing for my upcoming exam in December for the last 3 months, I believe that I have some valuable tips for RCs. Here are my strategies to tackle RC questions -

1) Categorize the type of questions you will see into 4 main types- main idea question, supporting idea questions, inference questions and logical structure questions As soon as you read a question, categorize it. This increases your chances of getting it right because you know HOW to answer it. It will also save you time. (refer to OG answers)

2) MAKE USE OF THE LINE REFERENCES - this is a big bonus that the testakers give you. Especially for supporting idea questions, when you refer back to the questions, remmber about the line number.

3) Read the first question first (benifits have been suggested by earlier participants)

4) Be passionate about reading the passages! (benefits also mentioned earlier)
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10 Dec 2006, 03:57
I always find myself with 10-15 mins extra when doing the verbal section. So what I started doing was to read the passages twice. That made better use of my time at it really helped when answering the questions But I guess if you usually end with only 2-5 mins in the verbal part, this strategy doesn't work.
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12 Dec 2006, 12:55
This past Sunday I took my first CAT test, whereas earlier I've been studying paper and pencil. I noticed specifically with the verbal section, I took little to no notes. Reading through some of the posts, what is the best way to take notes on the RC section?

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13 Dec 2006, 05:23
Taking notes is only a way to make sure you are understanding the paragraph. It is particularly useful in the beginning phrase of the active reading trainning. However when you have mastered the skill and are able to understand the paragraphs, there is no need to take much notes at all, in my opinion. I didn't take any notes when I wrote my GMAT.
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19 Feb 2007, 13:53
The more you're emotionally involved, the more you will remember and understand the passage. I usually shoot myself with a little adrenaline on my buttocks and I get emotional quickly
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04 Apr 2008, 09:15
Manhattan GMAT tips:

- read the first question before reading the first passage
- determine the number of questions and set your time expectation at 2 mins/question
- look at the length of the passage to see if you can afford to read each paragraph thoroughly. If it's a long one, you should read the first paragraph fully and skim the rest

So far, it has worked for me.

But I think the overall thing is attitude, as mentioned by many others. Your absorption rate increases with how interested you are.
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30 May 2008, 13:00
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I read this thread and started taking RCs personally...as if I am reading my future (!!)

GMATMBA, your quote is very good.
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22 Jun 2009, 02:39
purefocus428 wrote:
Manhattan GMAT tips:
- determine the number of questions and set your time expectation at 2 mins/question

How can one determine the number of questions for a given RC in CAT ?? I think this strategy would work for paper format tests only. If I knew in advance that a very-very long RC has just 3 questions to answer, I would probably skip the whole RC, saving almost around 10 min of my time.
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