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# RC - GMAT Official Exam vs. Practice Test

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25 Oct 2011, 12:22
I've recently taken an Manhattan practice CAT and got 4 long passages (50 - 80 lines) in the verbal section. This is because I've been getting 700-800 level reading comprehension questions. On real GMAT exam, would I encounter similar situation if my verbal level is around 700-800? I was told that there would be roughly 3 short passages and 1 long passage or 2 short passages and 2 long passages on RC. Would this rule still apply if I were getting 700-800 level RC questions? Thanks in advance.

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25 Oct 2011, 20:38
That general rule still holds, but it’s just a tendency, not an actual rule. There are many ways to increase difficulty on RC, and increasing length is only one of them. The test may also challenge you with tougher content, more “oddball” problem types, or “crossover” problems that require you to use mathematical reasoning.
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02 Nov 2011, 11:35
Here is also what I got via PM:

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Our exams are set to 2 short and 2 long - but our screen size is different than the screen size of the real exams. The lines are shorter in length, so there are more *lines* but the amount of text is equivalent to real short and long passages. (We have to make sure that the screens work on any browsers, on laptops, etc.; the real exam doesn't have that problem!)

So you did get 2 short and 2 long.

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