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Hi there,
Its been close to 7 months that i have been preparing for GMAT. Planned to take GMAT IN AUG 17. I AM facing serious troubles with RC. I habe been able to increase my effuciency in SC n CR but i am not sure how to attack RC. have read in these columns that making notes helps a lot. I tried the same but found myself rewritting most of the stuff of the passage..wasting hell lotta time. My accuracy with SC is around 70 %, with cr its around 75 % but with rc its around 50 %... with say 600 to 650 level qurstions for all three...i have no high hopes but yes want to definitely score 690 -700....your help/suggestion is much needed n much appreciated..

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New post 11 May 2017, 08:44
Have you practiced RC questions in OG books? Also, there are many other GMAT materials that focus on RC. For example, you could use Manhattan books, or RC 99 of Aristotle. With RC, there is no way but practice more and more. You could also train your reading skill by reading news, science report, research articles or anything in English.
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Hi saurabhsavant,

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, I'd like to know a bit more about how you've been studying for the Verbal section and how you perform in the context of a FULL CAT:

1) What Verbal study materials have you used?
2) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?
3) Did you take the FULL CAT each time (with the Essay and IR sections)?
4) What "steps" do you go through when dealing with a typical SC, RC and CR prompt?
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?

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RC used to be a HUGE problem for me as a kid. so when i prepped for the gmat, i spent extra time on this section. on my three gmat attempts, and my GMAT prep practice exams, i didnt miss a single RC question (bought the ESR reports, scored 51 each RC, was able to check practice exams) .

here is what i did. two things you absolutely must know: what is the main idea of the passage, what is the passage structure. if the passage is a single paragraph, you can probably just read the whole thing. if the passage was longer, i would take notes.

para 1: main idea
take a few notes on some important ideas, names, etc. look for signal words, like however. if a passage says dogs are great, then the next sentence in the passage says however, you automatically know the next sentence will be the opposite of what you just read. being able to predict what the author will say can greatly increase your RC speed and understanding of the passage.

i never read the whole passage on long questions. if the questions ask for something specific, based on a my understanding on the passage structure, i should know where to look for the answer. only when the question ask me to read in detail, do i actually pay attention to the specifics. example, if half the para discusses why dogs are great, on my initial read, i skip over it, i just write end of passage 1, dogs are great in my notes. when the question ask specific reasons why dogs are great, i then go that the section of the passage and read in detail.

hope my rambling helps you in some way. feel free to ask me any questions
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saurabhsavant wrote:
have read in these columns that making notes helps a lot. I tried the same but found myself rewritting most of the stuff of the passage..wasting hell lotta time.
There is no guarantee that notes will help (though I think most test takers will find taking notes useful). Make sure that you're not giving up prematurely.
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