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24 Nov 2018, 11:12
I am retaking GMAT soon. However, I am not able to see improvement in RC.
Without significant improvement in RC, I won't be able to increase my Verbal score for sure.
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24 Nov 2018, 15:20
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sheena025 wrote:
I am retaking GMAT soon. However, I am not able to see improvement in RC.
Without significant improvement in RC, I won't be able to increase my Verbal score for sure.

I'm not sure what your present RC strategy is, but ours is as follows:

As we read the passage, we should note the following:
- summary of each paragraph (4 to 8 words)
- Two (or more) points of view (4 to 8 words)
- main idea (4 to 8 words)

More here:

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24 Nov 2018, 16:26
Hi sheena025,

You've identified RC as an area that you need to work on, but it's not clear whether it's the primary area or not (or if there are additional areas that you need to work on). 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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27 Nov 2018, 04:42
Hi sheena025,

You are right that it is important to make sure that RC is not your weak spot in case you want a good score in the new format of GMAT. We are conducting a free RC webinar this weekend. In this webinar, Payal will be discussing Reading Strategies that will help even the non-voracious readers to ace the GMAT. Register here to reserve your spot.

We look forward to seeing you in the session.

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03 Dec 2018, 18:15
Hi sheena025,

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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