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Updated on: 07 Feb 2019, 09:53
Hi,

I gave my GMAT day before and scored below expectations.

I am faced with a dilemma. Whenever I practice RC at home (only the Official material), I am able to get extremely high accuracy even on questions that are hard as per GmatClub timer. The timing too has never been an issue. I usually take 3.5-4 minutes for short passage and 5-6 minutes for long passage.

However, during the exam, something happens and I am just not able to perform as well on the RCs as I should be. What are the probable causes and what can be done?

Regards,
LR25.

Originally posted by longranger25 on 09 Sep 2018, 01:24.
Last edited by longranger25 on 07 Feb 2019, 09:53, edited 2 times in total.
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11 Sep 2018, 03:50
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RC is also harder for me on "gameday". I'm not sure if it's the nerves or what, but I find it harder to focus on the long passages. What's your RC strategy? For me, I like to take VERY brief notes and map out the passage as I read it. It helps me remember what I've read, and also makes it easier to go back and find relevant sections of the passage.

It's interesting because I rarely need to write anything down at home, but it's a bit of a comfort/safety blanket thing on test day. I was able to pull off a V48 the other day so figured I'd pass that along in case it works for you as well.
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11 Sep 2018, 08:05
Hmm... You raise a good point. Even I don't write down anything at home. However, I do make sure to understand each and every word of the passage before moving on to the next line. On further introspection, I do remember getting carried away during the exam because of time constraints and not understanding every word and line.

So, key takeaways for me would be to:
1. Calm my nerves, understand each and every word before moving on to the next line, and
2. Make notes irrespective of the difficulty of passage. I can begin practicing for this at home.

This helps. Thanks a ton!

Cheers!

anzio129 wrote:
RC is also harder for me on "gameday". I'm not sure if it's the nerves or what, but I find it harder to focus on the long passages. What's your RC strategy? For me, I like to take VERY brief notes and map out the passage as I read it. It helps me remember what I've read, and also makes it easier to go back and find relevant sections of the passage.

It's interesting because I rarely need to write anything down at home, but it's a bit of a comfort/safety blanket thing on test day. I was able to pull off a V48 the other day so figured I'd pass that along in case it works for you as well.
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11 Sep 2018, 08:52
I actually disagree with the "understand every line" part. There are a lot of details that aren't really important. You want to understand the key ideas, but if you get a "detail" question you can (and should) always look back at the passage. You're notes don't necessaily need to be detailed, just very brief outlines of what you're reading to make sure you understand the structure and role that every paragraph plays in the passage. Hope that makes sense

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