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Without any preamble, I come directly to three different techniques of attacking RC:-

Option 1. Read the passage thoroughly and comprehend it before you attack the questions(optional-may note down zist and important details, very short)..Time taking, very high accuracy, at times need not to refer back to passage,more time spent on passage and very less time on answering questions...time taken on short passage with three question 6-7 mins..medium to long passages(with 4 questions) 8-10 mins..affordable only if ur spending less than 1 1/2 min per question(average) in CR and SC.

Option 2. Read first para of the passage thoroughly, understand the tone set by the passage and thereafter skim through the rest of the passage... comparatively less time taking...frequent referring back to passage required while answering the questions...be ready to compromise accuracy......recom when running out of time...

Option 3. Read first para of the passage thoroughly, understand the tone set by the passage and thereafter read only the opening sentence of the next paras and skim the balance of the paras...in the end read the conclusion carefully and make a flow chart of the entire passage in ur mind(very quick 10- 15 secs) ( optional--may take very short notes)...less time consuming than option 1 but 30 sec to a min extra time taken than option 2....Questions asking for Tone, primary purpose and main idea can be answered right away without referring back to passage....Questions asking details are required to be referred back to passage ...Good accuracy.....on an average 2 min/Qn( including reading the passage)

It all depends upon how much time you have and how much errors you are ready to accept. One may choose the option that best fits the overall Verbal approach.
views of fellow gmatters are more than welcome. :)
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Re: Three different Strategies for attacking RC [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2012, 01:09
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Without any preamble,I come directly to three different techniques of attacking RC:-

Option 1. Read the passage thoroughly and comprehend it before you attack the questions(optional-may note down zist and important details, very short)..Time taking, very high accuracy, at times need not to refer back to passage,more time spent on passage and very less time on answering questions...time taken on short passage with three question 6-7 mins..medium to long passages(with 4 questions) 8-10 mins..affordable only if ur spending less than 1 1/2 min per question(average) in CR and SC.


This one would bomb when someone is running short of time

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Option 2. Read first para of the passage thoroughly, understand the tone set by the passage and thereafter skim through the rest of the passage... comparatively less time taking...frequent referring back to passage required while answering the questions...be ready to compromise accuracy......recom when running out of time...


This one is the ideal option of solving RC and that would sap onces time as well

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Option 3. Read first para of the passage thoroughly, understand the tone set by the passage and thereafter read only the opening sentence of the next paras and skim the balance of the paras...in the end read the conclusion carefully and make a flow chart of the entire passage in ur mind(very quick 10- 15 secs) ( optional--may take very short notes)...less time consuming than option 1 but 30 sec to a min extra time taken than option 2....Questions asking for Tone, primary purpose and main idea can be answered right away without referring back to passage....Questions asking details are required to be referred back to passage ...Good accuracy.....on an average 2 min/Qn( including reading the passage)


This according to me would be the best optin
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Re: Three different Strategies for attacking RC [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2012, 02:41
@ slay3r, I agree with you, even i am using the same option 3.
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I use option 1, but luckily I don't usually refer back to the passage often. Then again I haven't spent that much time refining RC yet. It's important to know your reading style, if your the type that is very absorbed into your reading and can retain information at a high rate, then Option 1 would work. But if you find yourself zoning out when you try to get through an entire passage, then definitely explore the other two options
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Re: Three different Strategies for attacking RC [#permalink] New post 20 May 2012, 19:34
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Without any preamble,I come directly to three different techniques of attacking RC:-

Option 1. Read the passage thoroughly and comprehend it before you attack the questions(optional-may note down zist and important details, very short)..Time taking, very high accuracy, at times need not to refer back to passage,more time spent on passage and very less time on answering questions...time taken on short passage with three question 6-7 mins..medium to long passages(with 4 questions) 8-10 mins..affordable only if ur spending less than 1 1/2 min per question(average) in CR and SC.

Option 2. Read first para of the passage thoroughly, understand the tone set by the passage and thereafter skim through the rest of the passage... comparatively less time taking...frequent referring back to passage required while answering the questions...be ready to compromise accuracy......recom when running out of time...

Option 3. Read first para of the passage thoroughly, understand the tone set by the passage and thereafter read only the opening sentence of the next paras and skim the balance of the paras...in the end read the conclusion carefully and make a flow chart of the entire passage in ur mind(very quick 10- 15 secs) ( optional--may take very short notes)...less time consuming than option 1 but 30 sec to a min extra time taken than option 2....Questions asking for Tone, primary purpose and main idea can be answered right away without referring back to passage....Questions asking details are required to be referred back to passage ...Good accuracy.....on an average 2 min/Qn( including reading the passage)

It all depends upon how much time you have and how much errors you are ready to accept. One may choose the option that best fits the overall Verbal approach.
views of fellow gmatters are more than welcome. :)


Thanks for the tips
Even i think option 3 is the best...
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Without any preamble,I come directly to three different techniques of attacking RC:-

Option 1. Read the passage thoroughly and comprehend it before you attack the questions(optional-may note down zist and important details, very short)..Time taking, very high accuracy, at times need not to refer back to passage,more time spent on passage and very less time on answering questions...time taken on short passage with three question 6-7 mins..medium to long passages(with 4 questions) 8-10 mins..affordable only if ur spending less than 1 1/2 min per question(average) in CR and SC.

Option 2. Read first para of the passage thoroughly, understand the tone set by the passage and thereafter skim through the rest of the passage... comparatively less time taking...frequent referring back to passage required while answering the questions...be ready to compromise accuracy......recom when running out of time...

Option 3. Read first para of the passage thoroughly, understand the tone set by the passage and thereafter read only the opening sentence of the next paras and skim the balance of the paras...in the end read the conclusion carefully and make a flow chart of the entire passage in ur mind(very quick 10- 15 secs) ( optional--may take very short notes)...less time consuming than option 1 but 30 sec to a min extra time taken than option 2....Questions asking for Tone, primary purpose and main idea can be answered right away without referring back to passage....Questions asking details are required to be referred back to passage ...Good accuracy.....on an average 2 min/Qn( including reading the passage)

It all depends upon how much time you have and how much errors you are ready to accept. One may choose the option that best fits the overall Verbal approach.
views of fellow gmatters are more than welcome. :)


For short passages 1, for long passages 2.
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Re: Without any preamble, I come directly to three different [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2012, 08:27
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For me these strategie to read, skim, and so on do not work.

I'm sure that during the exam the RC passage are monsters. It's true we can higlight always the same structure throughout the entire passage but on the most difficult one the main idea can be at the end, beginning....the tone could be a single word, and so on.

best is to understand the entire situation "the whole picture" albeit do not pay much attention on details.

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Re: Without any preamble, I come directly to three different [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2012, 01:39
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Without any preamble, I come directly to three different techniques of attacking RC:-

Option 3. Read first para of the passage thoroughly, understand the tone set by the passage and thereafter read only the opening sentence of the next paras and skim the balance of the paras...in the end read the conclusion carefully and make a flow chart of the entire passage in ur mind(very quick 10- 15 secs) ( optional--may take very short notes)...less time consuming than option 1 but 30 sec to a min extra time taken than option 2....Questions asking for Tone, primary purpose and main idea can be answered right away without referring back to passage....Questions asking details are required to be referred back to passage ...Good accuracy.....on an average 2 min/Qn( including reading the passage)


Some guides recommend not to read the conclusion though because the last para need not be a conclusion most of the times. Its just another para, so assuming it as conclusion might distort the interpretation. :|
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Re: Without any preamble, I come directly to three different [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2012, 20:11
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Without any preamble, I come directly to three different techniques of attacking RC:-

Option 1. Read the passage thoroughly and comprehend it before you attack the questions(optional-may note down zist and important details, very short)..Time taking, very high accuracy, at times need not to refer back to passage,more time spent on passage and very less time on answering questions...time taken on short passage with three question 6-7 mins..medium to long passages(with 4 questions) 8-10 mins..affordable only if ur spending less than 1 1/2 min per question(average) in CR and SC.



I personally feel this is the best option as it hits the accuracy rate pretty well.

I've hardly had to refer back to passage using this method.
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Re: Without any preamble, I come directly to three different [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2014, 06:25
Hi I have just started with RC and have spent some time over solving passages from OG10 and tried figuring out what wud workout for me. To my surprise its Strtgy 1 that has worked out for me. Definitely increases accuracy. I agree on the time consumption but I think I am being able to save time on the CRs(as of now and will have to work on SCs too).
Here's what I follow -
1.read the entire Comprehension with the intention of understanding what its discussing about and noting if the author is arguing/criticizing..basically the tone.
2.I skip over words difficult to comprehend.
3.Whatever is in the passage is the truth and my world of information, nothing beyond (yes something like the strategy in case of CRs).
4.Once done give a very very quick read more like telling myself this is wat each para is discussing rather than really reading the paras and then start with the questions.

Result: improved accuracy..less reference to passage...in some cases I dont need to re-read any part.

I will update with further improvements.
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