Thanks for your reply. I just want to be bit more specific about my issues.
How much time you think should be spend on a typical passage (RC) of 55-70 lines with 5-6 questions in it. I have been practicing (OG) with 10 min for such passges. But this thing does not work in the verbal tests. There, if I spend 10 mins on a passage, I would be spending atleast 35 mins on 4 passages having 4 questions each. This leaves me with 40 minutes for remaining 15 SC and 14 CR questions. Even if we take 1.5 minutes for every CR, in total I would be spending about 21-22 min on them. This leaves me with close to 17-18 minutes on SCs. Now, if I tend to abopt a cautious approach for first 10-12 questions and overuse my time, this leaves me panicking as soon as I enter into 20s.
This is happening to me time and again. For your information, the scores that I have mentioned in my last post were of KAPLAN
. This happenend to me when I took my GMAT earlier and I screwed up my verbal royally.
Need to know from you guys how to approach this problem of mine.
Thx in advance.
how much time should you spend? i dont think it matters. you either get it right or you get it wrong. i think the best way to improve your retention skill is to make a quick snapshot of what each passage is saying.
after every paragraph, there will something new introduced into the passage. so stop for a few seconds and evaluate what you have "learnt" about the passage. make notes if necessary.
when you finally finish reading the passsage, you will have understood it really well. then for the questions, you wont have to re-read the passage and the context.
a good way to save time is SC. scope of SC's is limited , though you need to be really good to get to the right answers in under a minute. if you can get through a SC under a minute (successfully), you will have more time and thus a better chance of getting the RC's and the CR's correct. that said, the first fifteen questions will have RC's and you will have to get them right if you want to be anywhere close to a 40+V.
About the cautious approach, i think you should be careful with every question. take it a question at a time. but if you obsess over the first ten-fifteen , you wont have enough time for the last 10-12 and it really wont matter how well you did.
if you are aiming for 700-730 + , you should have total control of the test....there should NOT be a mad scramble towards the end to finish the test. till such time as you are confident, i suggest you concentrate on the concepts and practice every single day. if you take a break of even a week in your prep time, it will affect your prep.