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# RC - Number of short long and short passage actually faced

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01 Feb 2019, 00:59
Is anyone willing to share experiences about how many long passage and how many short passage one is facing at the test or practice tests.

I am consistently fighting for time, especially because I am facing 3 long and 1 short mostly and that is almost making me run for my time with the other sections if I really want 90% accuracy in the RC. The concomitant questions are also not main purpose micro questions - its 3-4 questions - inference, assumption, detailed reference to passage - so again time is becoming a big factor..

Any suggestions, quick tips, for tackling time/accuracy when I am faced with all kinds of RC demons will be extremely helpful..
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01 Feb 2019, 16:02
Hi DebbieChats,

While your self-analysis points at RC as a potential area for you to work on, it might not be the only area (nor the primary cause of the pacing issue that you describe). It's possible that there are inefficiencies in how you're handling your CR and SC prompts - and those issues are making it feel as though RC is the problem. Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

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03 Feb 2019, 09:24
Hi DebbieChats,

First off, I’m happy to provide some general advice on how to improve your Reading Comprehension skills. Remember, if you can improve those skills, you WILL achieve better timing when answering RC questions.

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.

Regarding timing for RC, you should spend roughly 2 to 3 minutes reading the short passages and 3 to 4 minutes on the long ones. Since you should have a rough idea of what you read after reading the passage, each question should take you roughly 30 seconds to one and a half minutes to answer. Thus, look to spend a total of about 6 to 8 minutes on each RC section.

Feel free to reach out with further questions.

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