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# Timing the verbal section

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26 Jul 2018, 16:03
Hi I’m somehow unable
To read the last rc in the verbal
Section.i have time left enough only
For the rest of the questions or the rc!pl
Tia

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26 Jul 2018, 18:32
Dear friend, I had the same problem.
I will tell you my strategy that helped and let me know if it works for you

Gmat penalizes you very dearly if you skip a passage, even if it is the last one. I am strongest in SC followed by RC and lastly CR. Note, almost 95% of the time you will get 4 passages. I write the passage number in my note pad, as and when I get it on the test. If three passages have come and gone and I am running out of time and I know there is one still remaining, I spend less time on CRs which are anyways less likely for me to get right. This helps me save time for the last RC.

(of course we have to work on our reading speeds too )
Let me know whether this works for you.
All the best with your prep!
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26 Jul 2018, 18:52
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I understand your issue - I had the same one so I optimized my timing on the rest of the Verbal questions (SC's and CR's) to save as much time as I could for RC. It was critical to my accuracy to be able to read through the entire passage and think about it (which meant I could not skip or rush through it).

Here is what you should do:
You know you will see 4 RC's with 13 questions total.
Figure out how much time that will take, e.g. 4.5 mins per passage + 30 secs per question (that would be around 25 mins total out of 65)
So you have 40 mins left to answer the remaining 23 or so questions. I think that's very doable. You may get that you need 30 mins for RC, and that's OK too - you can answer 23 questions in 35 mins too (tougher but doable). You can't change the format of the GMAT, but you can reallocate the time.

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27 Jul 2018, 09:34
Hi Sharky1234,

Timing problem is a symptom and not the problem in itself. It points to inefficient process of solving questions. However, it isn’t a problem that can not be worked around. You must know how and where you are spending your time. If spending that extra time on questions improves your accuracy, then it isn’t a very big problem however if your scores are low despite the time spent then it is a problem.

Managing Time

You must be cognizant of your strengths and weaknesses and the amount of time you need to solve different types of questions. Knowing this will help you in planning which questions to skip if you are not able to improve your timing until the test day. A better way would be to work on the process used to solve the questions.

- Learn how Alok scored a V40 despite skipping 1 RC passage in the test. Click here to watch his inspiring video. Click here to read his GMAT Club de-brief.

You can also watch the GMAT Score Booster session conducted by our founder, Rajat Sadana, where he talks about various test taking strategies to improve performance on the test.

Hope this helps!

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27 Jul 2018, 15:31
Hi Sharky1234,

Many Test Takers face pacing problems while dealing with either the Quant or Verbal section (or both), so you're not alone. Pacing problems don't exist on their own though - they're the results of OTHER problems. To properly define why you're facing this issue, we have to take a closer look at how you've been studying as well as your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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