Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 17 Sep 2014, 14:12

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Reading Comp Problem

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 19 Jul 2009
Posts: 311
GMAT 1: 690 Q44 V41
GPA: 3.75
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 25 [0], given: 20

Reading Comp Problem [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2009, 17:01
Does anyone have a subject that the Reading Comp passages often cover that they're particularly weak in?

For me when I got something about the natural sciences, I almost always end up bombing that set of questions. Give me economics, business, politics etc. I usually understand those passages and would get most answers right. Usually if I get a wrong answer it's because of a tricky answer choice that tripped me up. However, whenever I read something about science, it's like I'm reading French. How do I answer questions about a passage that I didn't understand at all? I mean am I now supposed to try to improve my science skills too? They have so much technical terminology that I don't understand, that I don't know how I can do that even if I wanted to.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 06 Mar 2006
Posts: 497
Followers: 7

Kudos [?]: 76 [0], given: 1

GMAT Tests User
Re: Reading Comp Problem [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2009, 17:21
GmatNY86 wrote:
Does anyone have a subject that the Reading Comp passages often cover that they're particularly weak in?

For me when I got something about the natural sciences, I almost always end up bombing that set of questions. Give me economics, business, politics etc. I usually understand those passages and would get most answers right. Usually if I get a wrong answer it's because of a tricky answer choice that tripped me up. However, whenever I read something about science, it's like I'm reading French. How do I answer questions about a passage that I didn't understand at all? I mean am I now supposed to try to improve my science skills too? They have so much technical terminology that I don't understand, that I don't know how I can do that even if I wanted to.


Well, I don't think you have to improve your science skills. It's a standardized test. You are know tested on your background knowledge. As for the technical terms, you can just use the capital letter for substitute.

For me natural science passage is actually not a big problem. But I hate hate social science passages, especially those deal with histories. But I think that is more about my attitude towards the passage. Once I encounter a social science passage, I just don't feel like I want to read it.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 19 Jul 2009
Posts: 311
GMAT 1: 690 Q44 V41
GPA: 3.75
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 25 [0], given: 20

Re: Reading Comp Problem [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2009, 17:28
nevergiveup wrote:
GmatNY86 wrote:
Does anyone have a subject that the Reading Comp passages often cover that they're particularly weak in?

For me when I got something about the natural sciences, I almost always end up bombing that set of questions. Give me economics, business, politics etc. I usually understand those passages and would get most answers right. Usually if I get a wrong answer it's because of a tricky answer choice that tripped me up. However, whenever I read something about science, it's like I'm reading French. How do I answer questions about a passage that I didn't understand at all? I mean am I now supposed to try to improve my science skills too? They have so much technical terminology that I don't understand, that I don't know how I can do that even if I wanted to.


Well, I don't think you have to improve your science skills. It's a standardized test. You are know tested on your background knowledge. As for the technical terms, you can just use the capital letter for substitute.

For me natural science passage is actually not a big problem. But I hate hate social science passages, especially those deal with histories. But I think that is more about my attitude towards the passage. Once I encounter a social science passage, I just don't feel like I want to read it.


What do you mean by "you can just use the capital letter for substitute"?
Expert Post
Founder
Founder
User avatar
Affiliations: UA-1K, SPG-G, HH-D
Joined: 04 Dec 2002
Posts: 12187
Location: United States (WA)
GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V42
GPA: 3.5
WE: Information Technology (Hospitality and Tourism)
Followers: 2277

Kudos [?]: 8798 [0], given: 3666

GMAT ToolKit User Premium Member CAT Tests
Re: Reading Comp Problem [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2009, 21:34
Expert's post
You need to slow down and summarize the passages as you read. Some of the stranger ones require more attention.

What is your RC strategy?
_________________

Founder of GMAT Club

Just starting out with GMAT? Start here... | Want to know your GMAT Score? Try GMAT Score Estimator
Need GMAT Book Recommendations? Best GMAT Books

Co-author of the GMAT Club tests

Have a blog? Feature it on GMAT Club!

Get the best GMAT Prep Resources with GMAT Club Premium Membership

Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 19 Jul 2009
Posts: 311
GMAT 1: 690 Q44 V41
GPA: 3.75
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 25 [0], given: 20

Re: Reading Comp Problem [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 16:00
bb wrote:
You need to slow down and summarize the passages as you read. Some of the stranger ones require more attention.

What is your RC strategy?


I don't really have one, except for these types of passages, just reading and answering usually works ok.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 06 Mar 2006
Posts: 497
Followers: 7

Kudos [?]: 76 [0], given: 1

GMAT Tests User
Re: Reading Comp Problem [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 20:08
GmatNY86 wrote:
nevergiveup wrote:
GmatNY86 wrote:
Does anyone have a subject that the Reading Comp passages often cover that they're particularly weak in?

For me when I got something about the natural sciences, I almost always end up bombing that set of questions. Give me economics, business, politics etc. I usually understand those passages and would get most answers right. Usually if I get a wrong answer it's because of a tricky answer choice that tripped me up. However, whenever I read something about science, it's like I'm reading French. How do I answer questions about a passage that I didn't understand at all? I mean am I now supposed to try to improve my science skills too? They have so much technical terminology that I don't understand, that I don't know how I can do that even if I wanted to.


Well, I don't think you have to improve your science skills. It's a standardized test. You are know tested on your background knowledge. As for the technical terms, you can just use the capital letter for substitute.

For me natural science passage is actually not a big problem. But I hate hate social science passages, especially those deal with histories. But I think that is more about my attitude towards the passage. Once I encounter a social science passage, I just don't feel like I want to read it.


What do you mean by "you can just use the capital letter for substitute"?


For example, if the science passage talks about Angiogenesis, you don't need to know what Angiogenesis is. You can just tell youself that the author mentioned A. What you need to know is did the author have a hypothesis about A. Is the hypothesis right or wrong?
Expert Post
Founder
Founder
User avatar
Affiliations: UA-1K, SPG-G, HH-D
Joined: 04 Dec 2002
Posts: 12187
Location: United States (WA)
GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V42
GPA: 3.5
WE: Information Technology (Hospitality and Tourism)
Followers: 2277

Kudos [?]: 8798 [0], given: 3666

GMAT ToolKit User Premium Member CAT Tests
Re: Reading Comp Problem [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 23:49
Expert's post
GmatNY86 wrote:
bb wrote:
You need to slow down and summarize the passages as you read. Some of the stranger ones require more attention.

What is your RC strategy?


I don't really have one, except for these types of passages, just reading and answering usually works ok.


Thought so. You have to follow a strategy unless you want to be studying biology and a lot of other things for the next 10 years.
_________________

Founder of GMAT Club

Just starting out with GMAT? Start here... | Want to know your GMAT Score? Try GMAT Score Estimator
Need GMAT Book Recommendations? Best GMAT Books

Co-author of the GMAT Club tests

Have a blog? Feature it on GMAT Club!

Get the best GMAT Prep Resources with GMAT Club Premium Membership

GMAT Forum Moderator
avatar
Status: Accepting donations for the mohater MBA fund
Joined: 05 Feb 2008
Posts: 1860
Location: United States
Concentration: Healthcare, Economics
Schools: Ross '14 (M)
GMAT 1: 710 Q48 V38
GMAT 2: Q V
GPA: 3.54
WE: Accounting (Manufacturing)
Followers: 54

Kudos [?]: 398 [0], given: 234

GMAT ToolKit User GMAT Tests User Premium Member Reviews Badge
Re: Reading Comp Problem [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2009, 04:59
+1 with bb's response.

You need a structured approach. For some people, simply reading and answering questions can work. For the rest of us, we need an approach to figure out what the best answer is, and how to re-visit the passage w/o re-reading the whole thing again.

Part of this is being an active reader, and the other part is taking notes or knowing what is where in the passage (easy to refer back and find the answer).
_________________

Strategy Discussion Thread | Strategy Master | GMAT Debrief| Please discuss strategies in discussion thread. Master thread will be updated accordingly. | GC Member Write Ups

Get the best GMAT Prep Resources with GMAT Club Premium Membership

Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 19 Jul 2009
Posts: 311
GMAT 1: 690 Q44 V41
GPA: 3.75
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 25 [0], given: 20

Re: Reading Comp Problem [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2009, 15:24
mohater wrote:
+1 with bb's response.

You need a structured approach. For some people, simply reading and answering questions can work. For the rest of us, we need an approach to figure out what the best answer is, and how to re-visit the passage w/o re-reading the whole thing again.

Part of this is being an active reader, and the other part is taking notes or knowing what is where in the passage (easy to refer back and find the answer).


Thanks guys. What exactly is being an active reader?
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 06 Mar 2006
Posts: 497
Followers: 7

Kudos [?]: 76 [0], given: 1

GMAT Tests User
Re: Reading Comp Problem [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2009, 18:18
GmatNY86 wrote:
mohater wrote:
+1 with bb's response.

You need a structured approach. For some people, simply reading and answering questions can work. For the rest of us, we need an approach to figure out what the best answer is, and how to re-visit the passage w/o re-reading the whole thing again.

Part of this is being an active reader, and the other part is taking notes or knowing what is where in the passage (easy to refer back and find the answer).


Thanks guys. What exactly is being an active reader?


Being active reader means when you are reading the passage, think of why the author want to write this, what is the author trying to tell us, and what kind of tone does the author use....
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 19 Jul 2009
Posts: 311
GMAT 1: 690 Q44 V41
GPA: 3.75
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 25 [0], given: 20

Re: Reading Comp Problem [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2009, 18:35
nevergiveup wrote:
GmatNY86 wrote:
mohater wrote:
+1 with bb's response.

You need a structured approach. For some people, simply reading and answering questions can work. For the rest of us, we need an approach to figure out what the best answer is, and how to re-visit the passage w/o re-reading the whole thing again.

Part of this is being an active reader, and the other part is taking notes or knowing what is where in the passage (easy to refer back and find the answer).


Thanks guys. What exactly is being an active reader?


Being active reader means when you are reading the passage, think of why the author want to write this, what is the author trying to tell us, and what kind of tone does the author use....


Thanks. I'm taking Kaplan courses right now and hopefully we go over this in more detail. Kaplan has helped me with some things so far (RC and tricks for PS) but not others (DS). But I only had 3 sessions and one of them was a diagnostic test. We shall see.
GMAT Club team member
avatar
Joined: 16 Mar 2009
Posts: 115
Location: Bologna, Italy
Followers: 40

Kudos [?]: 437 [0], given: 19

Re: Reading Comp Problem [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2009, 13:48
For me personally rhyme's RC strategy - verbal-rc-help-30247.html#p205035 worked like a charm. It takes some time to master this approach though.... BUT Now whenever I take any kind of a language test my RC section is the strongest one.))

Also there is a discussion on scientific RC passages here - science-rc-passages-22863.html
_________________

My Recent Posts:
All GMAT CAT Practice Tests - links, prices, reviews
Master thread - GMAT Prep classes links to reviews and ratings
Review: GMATPrep (GMAT Prep) & PowerPrep (Power Prep) Tests

Have trouble finding answers on this site? Ask me!

Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 19 Jul 2009
Posts: 311
GMAT 1: 690 Q44 V41
GPA: 3.75
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 25 [0], given: 20

Re: Reading Comp Problem [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2009, 15:53
timetrader wrote:
For me personally rhyme's RC strategy - verbal-rc-help-30247.html#p205035 worked like a charm. It takes some time to master this approach though.... BUT Now whenever I take any kind of a language test my RC section is the strongest one.))

Also there is a discussion on scientific RC passages here - science-rc-passages-22863.html


Haha, I thought that rhyming was involved until I realized the poster's handle is rhyme. Thanks for the links and thanks to rhyme.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 19 Jul 2009
Posts: 311
GMAT 1: 690 Q44 V41
GPA: 3.75
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 25 [0], given: 20

Re: Reading Comp Problem [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2009, 16:16
timetrader, now my question is do you write down more than proper names (and dates) when writing down keywords? If so how do you know what to write down? Like in his example "mouse" and "residents", how do you know not to skip that?
GMAT Club team member
avatar
Joined: 16 Mar 2009
Posts: 115
Location: Bologna, Italy
Followers: 40

Kudos [?]: 437 [0], given: 19

Re: Reading Comp Problem [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2009, 17:46
Fair question! I would not necessarily have mouse in that list. But I do write down more than just proper names.
One thing I can say it comes with practice. You'll develop your way of spotting keywords.
I usually note specific names like "phonetic approach" or "spectral range", or "space dust". I also note superlatives like "most efficient". Some words act as red flags that something important is coming like - concluded.
Maybe this approach works for me so well cuz I used to skim a lot through various texts while studing at my university and reading bunch of books with lots of blah, blah :lol:
Also sometimes my notes won't have the answer but for me it is much quicker to get back to the place (and I'm gonna know were it is by looking at keywords) at find the answer in a text then to read everything and try to remember it...cuz i know I won't remember every detail... but that's for me.

So note that I don't say that this is "the only" right method. There are others that might work better for you. Like Gin's RC strategy where you read every word...

So try and see what works for you. Good luck on mastering the RC!
_________________

My Recent Posts:
All GMAT CAT Practice Tests - links, prices, reviews
Master thread - GMAT Prep classes links to reviews and ratings
Review: GMATPrep (GMAT Prep) & PowerPrep (Power Prep) Tests

Have trouble finding answers on this site? Ask me!

Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 19 Jul 2009
Posts: 311
GMAT 1: 690 Q44 V41
GPA: 3.75
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 25 [0], given: 20

Re: Reading Comp Problem [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2009, 18:00
Thanks timetrader,

I read every word as it stands now. I find that usually I'm ok. However the problem is that I end up rereading a lot of anyway (and often I don't even remember where the info is from). However I've never been good at skimming (I either end up reading or just don't retain information, usually the former). That said, if it's just to jot down keywords rather than skim and try to retain information, maybe it can work this way. It is a little scary, seems like you may be leaving yourself vulnerable.

P.S. Are you from Kiev (Kyiv)? I was born there.
Re: Reading Comp Problem   [#permalink] 06 Aug 2009, 18:00
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
Experts publish their posts in the topic Avoiding Reading Comp Mistakes amy888 1 24 Feb 2014, 22:30
41 How to Read a Reading Comp Passage rjacobsMGMAT 14 05 Jul 2012, 13:38
Reading Comp Software alimad 0 18 Jul 2007, 06:39
reading comp practise 3 mand-y 1 13 Nov 2005, 15:24
reading comp practise 2 mand-y 1 13 Nov 2005, 15:17
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Reading Comp Problem

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  

Moderators: bagdbmba, WaterFlowsUp



GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.