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# Help in RC

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03 Nov 2005, 18:07
Friends,

I need your help in formulating strategy for attacking RC passages. As we do not discuss RC often here it is difficult to learn from others here. Moreever, RC questions are the more in number than any other category in GMAT.

I would appreciate if you can suggest some tips and answer some of these questions:

- what is permissible time to answer RC passage with 5 questions? 10/12?

- For speficic questions (according the passage...), is it good idea to go to passage. It surely takes times to go to passage for all answer choices. However, I cannot claim to know this level of detail during initial passage scan?

- when questions asks about meaning of a word/phrase in a statement, do we need to answer in the context of whole passage or only in the context of the statement?

- during test do we know the number of questions in a passage? If not, what is the average number of questions and avg length of passage I should expect to see in real test?

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03 Nov 2005, 18:26
I'm not sure whether you read this link but it may be useful
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=11569
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03 Nov 2005, 19:31
Hey duttsit,

The key point here is 'to be an ACTIVE reader'. Do not read it just for information. The moment you start reading the passage, shift your entire focus on to it. Try to reason at every sentence - why this sentence?, what is this passage about?, How the authour approaches the issue?, if there are multiple viewpoints, which one does he support most?, what is the role of each para? - basically build a roadmad. Try this approach with some 10 new RCs (it may take a little longer than it should), but eventually you will not only pick up speed but also will also improve the accuracy.
Read the Kaplan approach. It seemed very similar to how I do the RCs and I was able to refine my approach with that.

Here is another link (one that you participated) -
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... ht=#145373

Let me know if there is something specific that you need to discuss upon.
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03 Nov 2005, 20:41
duttsit wrote:
Friends,

I need your help in formulating strategy for attacking RC passages. As we do not discuss RC often here it is difficult to learn from others here. Moreever, RC questions are the more in number than any other category in GMAT.

I would appreciate if you can suggest some tips and answer some of these questions:

- what is permissible time to answer RC passage with 5 questions? 10/12?

- For speficic questions (according the passage...), is it good idea to go to passage. It surely takes times to go to passage for all answer choices. However, I cannot claim to know this level of detail during initial passage scan?

- when questions asks about meaning of a word/phrase in a statement, do we need to answer in the context of whole passage or only in the context of the statement?

- during test do we know the number of questions in a passage? If not, what is the average number of questions and avg length of passage I should expect to see in real test?

I agree with you Duttsit, members very rarely post RCs probably because of the huge intimidation factor- RCs are the most challenging component for most (especially non-native) test takers.

Coffeeloverfreak has got some great comments on how to "attack" RCs, so hopefully he/she can chime in on this topic.

Some key things to keep in mind to make RCs a little less burdensome:

1. Know the standard 4 themes- Physical Science, Social Science, Humanities, and (unbelievably) Business. Read from some old college core texts on these subjects half a page at a time and then try paraphrasing what you just read. ***This skill will also have an impact on SC and CR performance.

2. Use the scratch paper and make a passage map. Read the first few lines of each paragraph extra carefully to see which direction the author is going (compare/contrast, explain, advocate, critique, rebut) and use shorthand notes to save time.

3. Take special note when an author states his/her own opinion. Usually there is a question based on this.

4. When a question asks you to refer to line #... then go directly to that line and put your finger on the screen to mark the spot. Read the preceding line and even a few lines after and then put your finger on the answer choices and cross reference for the best restatement or appropriate answer choice. ETS will not scold you for touching the screen- we pay good money (Give Money And Time) to use their archaic facilities, so go ahead and smudge it up because the test is almost over at this post anyway.

5. Dont worry so much about splittling hairs on RC timing. I sometimes take as much as 15 minutes to answer 5 difficult questions (including reading) but know that a few SCs will shortly follow and can use those to make up for a little lost time.

6. I cant remember if the display informs you as to how many questions are allotted to each RC. Also, RCs tend get longer as you score higher, so 60-95 lines is not an impossibility if you are in the V38-42+ range.

Hope this helps!
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03 Nov 2005, 20:56
Sorry, didn't look at the specifics the first time.

duttsit wrote:
- what is permissible time to answer RC passage with 5 questions? 10/12?

Total 10 mins.
Read and understand passage - 7 mins

duttsit wrote:
- For speficic questions (according the passage...), is it good idea to go to passage. It surely takes times to go to passage for all answer choices. However, I cannot claim to know this level of detail during initial passage scan?

Scanning the passage and then going back repeatedly to it for each question doesn't work for me. If you understood the passage, it will be a lot easier to go to the passage and get the answer quick for the 'specific' questions.

duttsit wrote:
- when questions asks about meaning of a word/phrase in a statement, do we need to answer in the context of whole passage or only in the context of the statement?

It depends on the question. Concentrate more in the area just above or below the line 'referenced' in the question. Most of the time, that should do the trick.

duttsit wrote:
- during test do we know the number of questions in a passage? If not, what is the average number of questions and avg length of passage I should expect to see in real test?

It is normally 4 or 5 questions. But don't focus on such things. Crave for more questions thru better understanding of the passage.
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03 Nov 2005, 21:17
GMATT73 wrote:
Coffeeloverfreak has got some great comments on how to "attack" RCs, so hopefully he/she can chime in on this topic.

Well, the advice you posted is pretty good. But if you want some of my comments (thanks for the "great" endorsement), here's a thread with some RC tips:

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?p=146682#146682

P.S. I'm a she. Just so you know.
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03 Nov 2005, 23:07
Thanks friends for your suggestions/tips. I will surely help me formulating strategy that fits me. The suggestion for "Active reading" from qsr seems pretty interesting. I generally read passage to understand it, as he suggested questioning/dialog during reading might give more insight.

GMATT73 advice on marking "what author says" rather than someone else author brings in neat. I will try.

Thansk Paul,Coffee for your wisdom words.
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27 Oct 2009, 16:03
Can anyone please post the GMAT RC strategies of KAPLAN?
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27 Oct 2009, 21:24
dmetla wrote:
Can anyone please post the GMAT RC strategies of KAPLAN?

Hi dmetla,

You want to take notes as you go, focusing on main ideas and avoiding getting bogged down in detail; in our books and classes, we'll provide specific techniques and examples to help you take straightforward, effective notes. In addition to summarizing each paragraph, you want to be identifying the Topic, or big idea, Scope, or focus, and Purpose, or author's reason for writing; these will help you with Global questions and with some inference questions.

Once you've got a quick but solid summary of the passage to refer back to, you tackle the questions. There are four main question types, Global, Detail, Inference, and Logic, plus a few oddballs; each has it's own keywords to identify it and strategies for cracking it.

Unfortuantely, I can't go into much more detail than that, since it would require me to rewrite entire chapters of our books . But I'd be happy to address any specific questions about Kaplan's method here or in PM.
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