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# RC passages - Average Time taken!

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03 Oct 2005, 16:58
Hey guys,

On an average, How much time do you take for an RC passage with all its questions?
I end up with an average of 7-8 minutes.
Is it too long? Id appreciate your thoughts on this.
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05 Oct 2005, 01:18
Depends on the length of the passage. I used to remember a rough guide, but I can't recall it off hand.

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05 Oct 2005, 11:52
This is something I've been wondering about myself.
Of course it depends on how long the passages are but when I time myself
on the RC passages in OG, I usually take 2 min/question.
So, regardless how long the passages are, what I do is to take 2 min per question. ( 5 questions means 10 min ).

I've read some post that said that you shouldn't take more than 9 min on each passage. The time management on your RC also depends on your time management on SC and CR. Logically, RC needs more time so the SC and CR have to be done within 1.5 min to pile up time for the RC sections

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05 Oct 2005, 12:01
Chiming in on what everyone has been saying, it depends on the length of the passage. It also depends on how well you are doing during the exam. If you are doing well, the passage tend to be convoluted and technical..requiring more time.

One average, I think a good time for reading should be 1.5 mins and questions should be 1.5 minutes as well. Also, you can structure the verbal section so that you have more time for RC, if you are proficient in SC and CR.

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07 Oct 2005, 10:41
I have noticed that when I read the passage thoroughly (spending a little more time to read), the questions seem easier and I spend less time answering them.
I have a question regarding RCs: on the real gmat, on average, how many questions can you expect to get per passage?

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