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30 May 2003, 11:33
I am having hard time finishing the verbal section because of long passages ( at least from my experince from Kaplan). I think one of the factor being my reading speed. Although I am aware that Kaplan tests are little tougher in general.
Are you facing same problem? Any tips on improving reading speed? Any Comments??
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30 May 2003, 21:18
schaudha wrote:
I am having hard time finishing the verbal section because of long passages ( at least from my experince from Kaplan). I think one of the factor being my reading speed. Although I am aware that Kaplan tests are little tougher in general.
Are you facing same problem? Any tips on improving reading speed? Any Comments??

I had problems with staying focused and rememberign things; speed of reading was not the problem; it was the speed of sucking it in.

If you read slowly, you have to practice - even if you get a passing score and get admitted, you still want to read adequatly. What about those 100's of pages?

I'd just read; boring but hey....
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03 Jun 2003, 16:52
My reading speed is about 225-240 wpm. But I have to read the passage at least twice to answer questions accurately. I can't finish verbal section without leaving 1-2 passages unanswered (I mean randomly answered).
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05 Jun 2003, 14:29
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My reading speed is about 225-240 wpm. But I have to read the passage at least twice to answer questions accurately. I can't finish verbal section without leaving 1-2 passages unanswered (I mean randomly answered).

basically it is not reading speed but staying foucused. Reading once is all I could do. Instead I tried to read attentivel and stop. I even took notes that I never referred to later, but I still took them because I remembered more this way. (I am talking about RC only).

It is illustrated by the following analogy, which fails fairly soon, but i think is quite good:
Would you rather be married twice to two average women, or once to a good one?

This is what I mean - reading well once is better than skimming twice since you probably skim the same parts.

My problem was actually my mind lagging behind my reading speed - I could not absorb information fast enough to be able to answer questions accurately. THat's why I would stop after each paragraph and sum up what was said and what was going on. I would try to understand processes if any were mentioned or would immediately try to compare/contrast the ideas rather than waiting for the question to ask me do it.

What tests are you practicing with? You have mentioned that you ahve to guess a number of questions.

P.S. Reading can take as much time as you have. If you had 4 hours to spare for reading, you could probably invest all of it into reading and never be exactly sure in your answer. So, I suggest that you answer CR and SC carefully but not wastefully, taking 1 minute for SC, 1:30 for CR, and the rest of time - 32 minutes for reading. This would give you roughly 8 minutes a passage with questions. 5-6 mins per passage and 30 sec/question. Sounds reasonable?

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