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# Is skimming through the passage really helpful

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27 Jan 2018, 09:54
Is skimming through the passage in Actual Exam helpful? request share your experience to help others.TIA.
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27 Jan 2018, 10:44
I will advice you to read slowly and understand the passage clearly rather than skimming.
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27 Jan 2018, 10:50
apurba1234 wrote:
Is skimming through the passage in Actual Exam helpful? request share your experience to help others.TIA.

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27 Jan 2018, 10:55
Reading comprehension, as the name suggests you need to comprehend while reading the entire passage. For me passage map works but not skimming. Remember you always need to go back to the passage. While skimming can make you read fast but while doing so you will miss a lot of details. Some says to read the First and the Last lines of each paragraph well and to skim the rest. But for me this method didn't work. Reading comprehension needs a lot of practice to know which method suits an individual. It is such a topic where you don't need any outside detail but a clean hand strategy you can always rely on. So I would suggest find out which method works best for you and discard the rest.
I still remember I used to get almost 4 correct among 16 RC questions, now with practice I almost get 12-13 right. So keep up the hard work

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27 Jan 2018, 12:34
apurba1234 wrote:
Is skimming through the passage in Actual Exam helpful? request share your experience to help others.TIA.

Hi there!

As others suggested, Skimming is never a good idea in RC. This is especially true in short passages. You can't afford to skim anything in short passages, except maybe details. For the long passages, I'd HIGHLY recommend watching this video by Ron Purewal:

This was very helpful for me. I saw tremendous improvement after watching this video. There are other videos from Ron Purewal that you could see on short passages/question types on RC.

Hope this helps!
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31 Jan 2018, 00:45
thanks all of you for mindful advices for my question
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31 Jan 2018, 12:52
apurba1234 wrote:
Is skimming through the passage in Actual Exam helpful? request share your experience to help others.TIA.

It depends on what you mean by 'skimming'.

If you just mean trying to read very quickly without paying much attention - no, that isn't a great idea. You'll probably just end up confused and end up wasting time having to go back to the passage anyways.

On the other hand, you don't have time to read the entire passage in detail and learn what it's trying to say.

My advice is to skim parts of the passage, and slow way down on other parts. When the passage tells you something new or interesting, slow down and really understand what it's saying and how it relates to what you've already read. But most things in a passage aren't new or interesting, they're repetitive and useless! Most passages will just basically tell you the same thing over and over.

For instance, the passage might make an argument, and then use three more sentences to give examples supporting that argument. You need to know what the argument is, but you don't really need to understand the examples in great detail, unless you happen to get a question about them. So, slow way down when the passage tells you about the argument, but once you realize that the next sentence is just a supporting detail, speed back up. It doesn't really matter what the detail is saying, it just matters that it's supporting the argument.
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