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19 Dec 2018, 12:06
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I started Empower GMAT verbal course last week and completed the first portion pertaining to Reading Comprehension, I took a practice exam as suggested. I scored a V32 with 13 incorrect answers, 7 in RC, 4 SC, and 2 CR. Below are the questions that I got wrong:

3. CR
6. CR
7. SC
11. SC
14. RC (Purpose)
15. RC (Inference)
16. RC (Which of the following..)
25. SC
27. SC
30. RC (Inference)
34. RC (Purpose)
35. RC (According to the passage..)
36. RC (Inference)

I think I need to put more emphasis on eliminating wrong answers, and advice would be appreciated. Ideally, I would like to get my verbal score over 36. I sit for the GMAT on January 4th with no possibility of pushing back the test. I feel I am very strong in CR and SC, so my primary focus of the next few weeks will be RC. I am in a position where I can commit several hours each day to GMAT prep between now and the exam. Is there any strategies I can implement to minimize the amount of RC I get wrong? Would that improve my verbal score by 4 points?
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19 Dec 2018, 12:37
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Take a look here https://gmatclub.com/forum/rc-verbal-qu ... 95438.html

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25 Dec 2018, 13:28
Hi Eric8923,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Depending on your Reading Comprehension score, it’s possible that an improvement in RC may boost your verbal score by 4 points; however, you may consider working on other aspects of verbal to maximize your score increase. In any case, here is some advice you can follow to improve your Reading Comprehension skills.

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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