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GMAT Club's Reading Comprehension Strategy Guide

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New post 31 Aug 2010, 13:15
Hi bb,

I can't find/see the answers (+explanations) of the questions from the 1st page.
Were they just an example ?
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New post 31 Aug 2010, 14:56
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Hi bb,

I can't find/see the answers (+explanations) of the questions from the 1st page.
Were they just an example ?


Thanks - see this separate discussion: minority-owned-businesses-in-the-united-states-85600.html#p641497
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New post 08 Sep 2010, 07:18
thankyou bb for the great advice...
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New post 15 Oct 2010, 12:03
This is really helpful! Thank you so much for putting it together :)
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New post 18 Oct 2010, 04:16
Have you heard about RC 99 book . Any comments on it
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New post 11 Nov 2010, 03:34
thanks for great info. reading the passage first works for me!
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New post 11 Nov 2010, 09:17
If I had just read this b4. :o very good coverage
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I Like spiridon's approach. I tried it on many RC passages from OG 12 and it seemed to work fine for me.
I have developed my own notes to use this strategy that my help others. Also I have modified some parts of this strategy to suit my needs.
Steps:
1) Start from end
2) Read first line of each Para very carefully - (Take notes if required / I usually make a mental note of key points)
3) Skim through details
4) First Para - Read completely/in full
5) Create a mental map
6) Write down the main point/Idea
7) Write the tone of passage/author

Now, some insight on why it works. Contrary to spiridon I believe this should work for all people and not for only those people whose brain works in a certain way. I will need examples and testimonies from other people who try this strategy to prove this.

1) Usually the first para is complex in wording and ideas compared to last para. Last para usually states a conclusion or the last point amongst various points. Hence it is is easier to understand/comprehend
2) By reading the last para first you are forcefully trigeering your brain to actually make mental note of things. Why? Since it is the last para you are asking your brain to keep this fact in mind and in your mental map you are constatnly reminding the brain that this forms the lowest part of the passage and hence should be forcefully kept lower. So, if you are imagining the points together you by keeping an image of the passage (in form of short points) you are forcing your brain to keep this at the lower end and wait for other information that will be put later. This forces the brain to organise and hence increase retention.
3) When you move to other paras you then tend to relate information discussed in that para with the last para. You are asking your brain a) first to put this information above the last para's information in your mental image and b) secondly, now to relate this information with the info in last para.
4) When you read the last para first, you will definitely not understand the complete context of the passage. However, when you revise the information of each para when reviewing/reading the para just above, you fill in those gaps. To put in other words, there is always hope that if you miss the context and meaning while reading this para you are going to understand/fill the gap of this para by reading/relating to information on the earlier para. Compare it with the straight strategy when you do not understand the first para and move on to read the second para. The hope to fill in residual information is all lost/you may not be able to rcover from that lost information unless and until you re read the first para.
5) Note taking becomes secondary as your brain is now taking them more furiously than it would have if you used the first strategy.

I hope this makes sense. However the strategy works for me and it seems that I am convinced to use it to give my real GMAT
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New post 02 Dec 2010, 10:47
This is very interesting sleek. I am currently looking for a more efficient way to work with RC. I currently am reading the entire article and scoring very high. However, my time is severely effected. I will test your method at see what it's results are and respond accordingly.
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New post 11 Dec 2010, 02:45
Welcome spyguy.
Any updates on the strategy? Did it or did it not work for you
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New post 10 Jan 2011, 00:17
Can any one provide me rc sets answer explanations. sets 1-63.
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New post 23 Jan 2011, 23:21
Hi,

I am an average reader and takes around 15-20 min for an average size passage with 5-6 questions. The main problem here is even after spending so much time I am not getting the answers correctly. I am not able to comprehend the passages properly and corelate the passages.

Any suggesstions
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New post 24 Jan 2011, 00:12
Are you stopping to paraphrase? Are you doing anything except reading?
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Hi bb,

According to u, how much time should one target to spend solving a RC with 3/4 questions... ?

I need a break up of the time. As in how much time shud one take to read the passage (carefully! + writing notes on each para) and then how much time shud be spent on answering each question.

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Hi bb,

According to u, how much time should one target to spend solving a RC with 3/4 questions... ?

I need a break up of the time. As in how much time shud one take to read the passage (carefully! + writing notes on each para) and then how much time shud be spent on answering each question.

Thank you!

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It depends on what's realistic for you.
I can spend hours on the RC but it came down to how much time I could have. I noticed that i needed on average about 45 secs on the SC and 1-1.5 minutes on CR (this is just from doing exercises and batches of questions), so I calculated the remaining time and split it up between passages (1 short, 2 medium, and 1 long). You don't want to spend reading the passage too long because you wont' have time for other questions later on. The time you should target to spend on the RC passage should be the time you have. Sorry there is no easy answer :)
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Thanks for your reply bb. I understand what you are saying. I will work out the time accordingly.
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Is there a collection of all the RC questions on GMATPrep? I have the one from this site with all the GMATPrep SC questions. I need more practice reading those fun and entertaining GMAT passages.
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BTW, I used the strategy mentioned here: gmat-club-s-reading-comprehension-strategy-guide-83101-40.html#p826312 for my actual GMAT and finally scored a 41 in verbal. (earlier score was 33). I will strongly encourage people to at least test this strategy during your preparation for GMAT. If it works for you after 5 to 6 tries, keep it otherwise forget it.
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I am wondering how are the questions in 1000 series? Do you guys think it is worth trying after I am done with OG12. This is my weakest part of all so I want to make sure I get enough practice. Please recommend what should I pick up aftre OG12?
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The challenge with 1000 series is that they don't have good explanations and answers are sketchy. My suggestion would be not to solve thousands of questions but instead focus on the strategies and general reading skills instead of solving question after question.

I have used only the questions that came with Kaplan (not even the OG).
See a bit more here: gmat fiction.
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