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# RC strategy during real exam

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19 Feb 2013, 10:34
hello,

Usually during the exam time , we tend to be more anxious in the middle of the test. In this anxiety level, I would like to know how to handle the RC questions. This is my weakness and I do get everything wrong when such situation comes because I get trapped into confusing choices. This happens same with CR too .

Kindly share your ideas of handling such situations in the real exam.

Regard,
Ruturaj
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19 Feb 2013, 12:07
Hi Ruturaj,

I hope that you are well. Test anxiety is tough. I have had a few students dealing with this issue. A few things that have helped:

1. Build up confidence in your practice. Have a method. Practice and apply the method so that it is second nature. Force yourself to be SURE about your answers and to have a reason for every answer that you choose.

2. Do not be afraid to disengage from the screen for a moment to stretch your legs, close your eyes for a second, and REFOCUS. It is a fatiguing test and it is so much more fatiguing if you are always on your toes. Be OK relaxing for a second so that you can actively engage with a fresher mind. Remember that the GMAT is a jog and not a sprint.

3. Keep up your momentum. Be OK moving on from questions that are not possible to solve at that moment. Remember that the point of the test is not to get everything correct but to get the best possible expression of your skills. Once you click confirm: let go of that question. You should feel far fresher and find it easier to stay calm and focused by keeping your forward momentum.

Let me know if you need more advice on this.

Happy Studies,

HG.
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21 Mar 2013, 12:04
Those are good suggestions.

It also helps to see how someone else reads passages - and compare that to how you read. Are there words you could have skipped? Are there keywords that you forgot to pay attention to?

Here's a video that demonstrates how one might think through an RC passage:

http://www.gmatpill.com/practicequestio ... tions.html
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27 Apr 2013, 23:00
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RuturajPatil wrote:
hello,

Usually during the exam time , we tend to be more anxious in the middle of the test. In this anxiety level, I would like to know how to handle the RC questions. This is my weakness and I do get everything wrong when such situation comes because I get trapped into confusing choices. This happens same with CR too .

Kindly share your ideas of handling such situations in the real exam.

Regard,
Ruturaj

RC often causes anxiety for test takers because the questions can be challenging to answer after reading tough, difficult-to-follow passages. The best thing for you to do to reduce your anxiety during RC questions is to stay as focused and engaged during the RC passages. The easiest way to stay focused is to take notes as you read. In your notes, focus on structure over details and keep your timing crisp (2-3 minutes on a short passage, 3-4 minutes on a long passage). A good first read will help you understand the passage and give you some extra time to answer the tricky questions.

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29 Sep 2015, 05:23
KyleWiddison wrote:
RuturajPatil wrote:
hello,

Usually during the exam time , we tend to be more anxious in the middle of the test. In this anxiety level, I would like to know how to handle the RC questions. This is my weakness and I do get everything wrong when such situation comes because I get trapped into confusing choices. This happens same with CR too .

Kindly share your ideas of handling such situations in the real exam.

Regard,
Ruturaj

RC often causes anxiety for test takers because the questions can be challenging to answer after reading tough, difficult-to-follow passages. The best thing for you to do to reduce your anxiety during RC questions is to stay as focused and engaged during the RC passages. The easiest way to stay focused is to take notes as you read. In your notes, focus on structure over details and keep your timing crisp (2-3 minutes on a short passage, 3-4 minutes on a long passage). A good first read will help you understand the passage and give you some extra time to answer the tricky questions.

KW

Thanks KyleWiddison

This is some awesome way of tackling RC. I'll surely incorporate.
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29 Sep 2015, 05:27
HerrGrau wrote:
Hi Ruturaj,

I hope that you are well. Test anxiety is tough. I have had a few students dealing with this issue. A few things that have helped:

1. Build up confidence in your practice. Have a method. Practice and apply the method so that it is second nature. Force yourself to be SURE about your answers and to have a reason for every answer that you choose.

2. Do not be afraid to disengage from the screen for a moment to stretch your legs, close your eyes for a second, and REFOCUS. It is a fatiguing test and it is so much more fatiguing if you are always on your toes. Be OK relaxing for a second so that you can actively engage with a fresher mind. Remember that the GMAT is a jog and not a sprint.

3. Keep up your momentum. Be OK moving on from questions that are not possible to solve at that moment. Remember that the point of the test is not to get everything correct but to get the best possible expression of your skills. Once you click confirm: let go of that question. You should feel far fresher and find it easier to stay calm and focused by keeping your forward momentum.

Let me know if you need more advice on this.

Happy Studies,

HG.

This sounds perfect to me.

Thanks Mr. HerrGrau
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