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# The RC Recipe

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Manager
Joined: 12 Dec 2012
Posts: 213
GMAT 1: 540 Q36 V28
GMAT 2: 550 Q39 V27
GMAT 3: 620 Q42 V33
GPA: 2.82
WE: Human Resources (Health Care)

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21 Mar 2013, 11:02
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Hi everybody .... I took the GMAT one month ago with a disappointing 540 and a painful V 28. Struggling with RC that was almost dead , and surfing the forums as well as the entire internet for a successful strategy to help tackle RC , this is what worked for me and I am sharing it so that it might help anybody in the same boat .

1-Thursdays with Ron :

http://www.manhattangmat.com/thursdays-with-ron.cfm

cover the following titles in the same order :

Long Passages & Main Idea Questions
Short Passages & Miscellaneous Question Types
A Trick for Finding the Main Idea - Data Sufficiency: Number Line problems, part 1
Inference & Suggestion Questions
More on inference & suggestion questions

2-GMAT Prep Now free RC videos :

http://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat- ... prehension

These I felt complementary to Ron's ..each clarified in my eyes different things than the other and each of them has his own style of simplifying things

3- Slingfox's RC notes on this forum.

4- If you have the full Manhattan collection you can go through the RC guide , but if you do not have the full collection then you do not have to buy it on is own.

5- Take your time to read the passage , read it well to guarantee 3-4 successive questions . You can also while annotating the main points take under each main point some keywords to help you when referring back to the passage for specific detail questions.

6- These posts from Kaplan's blog are really great :

Hope this helps . Wish you all the best of luck , Wish me the same
Manager
Joined: 12 Dec 2012
Posts: 213
GMAT 1: 540 Q36 V28
GMAT 2: 550 Q39 V27
GMAT 3: 620 Q42 V33
GPA: 2.82
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08 Apr 2013, 16:57
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By the way , from my second attempt I can say that despite I did not manage to achieve the score I wanted yet this recipe worked quite well . My disappointment was mainly due to timing not technique . I also recommend watching out for transition words ( thus, however , despite ,...................) and marking keywords in the text ( dates , names ,..........). Just know where to find them when you need them . Good luck for all , and myself too
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Concentration: Healthcare, Social Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 660 Q48 V34
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09 Apr 2013, 07:04
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TheNona wrote:
By the way , from my second attempt I can say that despite I did not manage to achieve the score I wanted yet this recipe worked quite well . My disappointment was mainly due to timing not technique . I also recommend watching out for transition words ( thus, however , despite ,...................) and marking keywords in the text ( dates , names ,..........). Just know where to find them when you need them . Good luck for all , and myself too

Hi TheNona,

Your RC recipe looks good. I have added the resources you mentioned - GMATPrep now and Kaplan RC blogs to the Ultimate Reading Comprehension Encyclopedia, thanks.

In GMAT RC, comprehension is much more important than speed. I personally devoted more time to RC questions during the test. I compensated for the extra time for RC by strengthening SC. On average, I took 1.5 minutes per question in SC. My strategy was to first fully understand the passage and then then tackle questions one my one, on an average I spent 2.5 minutes per questions. All the best

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