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Worth the time to practice Reading Comp? [#permalink]
01 Jul 2007, 11:54
I wanted everyones opinion. Do you think it is worth the time to even practice reading comp? My verbal varies, as I've been scoring around 33-35, but recently got a 41 (But I had seen two of the reading comp passages before, although didn't remember much of it at all.).
I've studied the SC for weeks. Gone and done the Manhattan SC guide, and I'm down to 4 SC's wrong a test. I think that is pretty good. My RC seems to be the weakest. Do you think it is worth practicing RC passages, or just go back to Quant and try to kick ass in it. I last scored a 40 in Quant.
How are you doing on CR? If RC is what's holding your verbal score back I think it's worth while to spend some time on it. PR, and OG have some good strategies on the subject...personally I find looking out for keywords helps a lot. Read through the passage, look for keywords indicating shifts in tone, topic, pov, etc. and critically read the text that follows/precedes the keyword. Saves time, and makes sure you don't miss key info. Also, you can skim the passage, get the general gist and answer the mainpoint questions. Then use the q stems to refer back to certain areas of the passage and read those in depth. Personally, I don't like this strategy, but if you're in a time crunch it helps. From all that I've read a balanced score is always a plus, especially if you're looking at Wharton with its 80/80 rule.