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# RC, CR final two answers

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15 Feb 2019, 07:11
Guys I need help. With Reading comprehension I'm super fast in narrowing down the answer choices to two possibilities. But somehow I always take the wrong one. This is super frustrating because most of the time my gut tells me to take the other one and I always overanalyse. I've been doing GMAT OG problem sets. I'm hitting 95 % on SC, bt CR and RC are always at 70-80% resulting out of the situation described above.

Have you had any experience with that ?
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15 Feb 2019, 08:52
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It's a common misconception that the verbal section is subjective and thus it appears to be difficult. The GMAT verbal section will always have one correct answer and the only way to improve is by practicing and analyzing official questions.

Remember, Logic>Gut. Keep practicing and I am sure you will overcome this hurdle.

Best wishes!:)
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15 Feb 2019, 11:40
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ashszn wrote:
Guys I need help. With Reading comprehension I'm super fast in narrowing down the answer choices to two possibilities. But somehow I always take the wrong one. This is super frustrating because most of the time my gut tells me to take the other one and I always overanalyse. I've been doing GMAT OG problem sets. I'm hitting 95 % on SC, bt CR and RC are always at 70-80% resulting out of the situation described above.

Have you had any experience with that ?

Read the passage once again on the relevant portion.
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15 Feb 2019, 12:22
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ashszn wrote:
Guys I need help. With Reading comprehension I'm super fast in narrowing down the answer choices to two possibilities. But somehow I always take the wrong one. This is super frustrating.

from this part, it seems that your understanding in CR and RC is not good enough. If your concept on CR and RC is perfectly fine then you'll not stuck on the right choice, most of the times!
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21 Feb 2019, 08:27
Hi ashszn,

GMAT Verbal: Getting it Right Between the Last Two

Hope this helps!
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24 Feb 2019, 12:54
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Hi ashszn,

What you are experiencing is certainly a common issue. In general, when you incorrectly answer an RC or CR question, you probably are not understanding something in the RC or CR passage. So, the problem is not that you are "over analyzing" and the solution is not to "go with your gut." The reason for your uncertainty and your choosing incorrect answers is that you aren't clearly seeing the logic that makes one choice definitely incorrect and the other correct.

A major mistake that people make when training for CR, and for GMAT verbal in general, is that they do practice questions too fast. To get Critical Reasoning questions correct, you have to see exactly what's going on in the passages and answer choices, and it's likely that you won't learn to do so by spending a few minutes on each question. At this stage of your training, you may need to spend as many as 15 minutes on each question, learning to see what there is to see. Here is a way to look at this process: If you get a new job in a field in which you are not experienced, you may not be as fast as the other people working with you, but you know you have a job to do and you make sure you learn all the angles, so that you do the job well, if not as quickly as those around you. Rushing through the job and doing it incorrectly would not make sense. Then, as you gain more experience, you learn to do the same job more quickly. Think of Critical Reasoning questions similarly. Your job is to do what? To get through questions quickly? Not really. Your job is to get correct answers.

So, first you have to learn to get correct answers, generally at least 10 to 15 in a row consistently, and more in a row would be better. Doing so is your job, and if it takes you fifteen minutes per question to get correct answers consistently, then so be it. Only after you have learned to get correct answers consistently can you work on speeding up. Working quickly but not doing your job is useless. Better to work slowly and learn to do your job well. You can be sure that with experience, you will learn to speed up, and then you will still be doing your job well, i.e., getting correct answers consistently.

Finally, a key aspect of getting correct answers to Critical Reasoning questions is noticing the key differences between trap choices and correct answers. Trap choices can sound temptingly correct but don't get the job done. The logic of what a trap choice says simply doesn't fit what the question is asking you to find. So, to get better at your job, learn to see the key differences between trap choices and correct answers.

Another component of understanding what you are reading is being “present” when reading. Don’t worry about how things are going at work, or what you will eat for dinner, or even how long you are taking to read through the passage. Just focus on what is in front of you, word by word, line by line. Furthermore, try to make reading fun. For example, even if you are reading about a topic that bores you, pretend that you are the person making the argument. By doing so, you will make the passage more relatable to YOU, and ultimately you should be able to read with greater focus.

One final component of Reading Comprehension that may be tripping you up is that RC questions contain one or more trap answers that seem to answer the question but don't really. So, a key part of training to correctly answer RC questions is learning to notice the differences between trap answers and correct answers. You have to learn to see how trap answers seem to follow from what the passages say, but don't really, while correct answers fit what the passages say exactly.

If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out.
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