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# RC Strategy advice

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24 Nov 2018, 12:12
I am retaking GMAT soon. However, I am not able to see improvement in RC.
Can someone please help me out with useful strategies on how to improve RC.
Without significant improvement in RC, I won't be able to increase my Verbal score for sure.
Please help!
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24 Nov 2018, 16:20
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sheena025 wrote:
I am retaking GMAT soon. However, I am not able to see improvement in RC.
Can someone please help me out with useful strategies on how to improve RC.
Without significant improvement in RC, I won't be able to increase my Verbal score for sure.
Please help!

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:

Cheers,
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24 Nov 2018, 17:26
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:

Studies:
1) How many times have you taken the Official GMAT? How did you score on each attempt (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?
2) How long have you studied so far?
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4) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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5) What is your goal score?
6) When are you planning to retake the GMAT?
7) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
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27 Nov 2018, 05:42
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, 19:15
Hi sheena025,

When you are incorrectly answering Reading Comprehension questions, it’s partly because you do not truly understand what you have just read, right? 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.

If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out.

Good luck!
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