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RC - Number of short long and short passage actually faced

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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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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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New post 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.

Feeling that you are too slow in Reading Comprehension is likely a sign that you are not completely understanding what you are reading, right? To improve in Reading Comprehension, you need to focus on understanding what you are reading. Thus, you likely have to slow down in order to (eventually) speed up. At this point, your best bet is to focus on getting the correct answers to questions, taking as much time as you need to see key details and understand the logic of what you are reading. You have to learn to comprehend what you read, keep it all straight, and use what you are reading to arrive at correct answers. If you don't understand something, go back and read it one sentence at a time, even one word at a time, not moving on until you understand what you have just read. There is no way around this work. Your goal should be to take all the time you need to understand exactly what is being said and arrive at the correct answer. If you can learn to get answers taking your time, you can learn to speed up. Answering questions is like any task: The more times you do it carefully and successfully, the faster you become at doing it carefully and successfully.

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. Of course, the better you become at noticing the differences between trap answer choices and correct answers, the faster you will answer RC questions.

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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