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22 Feb 2012, 04:39
Hello everybody!
I have this question. KAPLAN says that there will be 3 to 5 passages on the reading section on TOEFL. Then it gives such breakdown:
1st passage - 20 minutes.
2nd and 3rd - 40 minutes.
4th and 4th - 40 minutes.
I wonder why the timelines are given. As far as know I can easily surf forward and back through questions and passages, right? Do these timeslots mean that when I'm done with the first passage all the questions from it become unavailable and I can't amend them?
The reason I'm asking is because according to Princeton "Cracking the..." there are 3 questions' difficulty levels, so I'm going to go through the easiest first, then move on to the next level of difficulty. And I'm here trying to figure out whether I should go through the easiest ones for ALL passages, or answer the questions of all levels of diffictulties for each passage given.
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28 Feb 2012, 07:36
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Hi,

in fact both are not true, because since November '11 5 passages in the Reading are not possible. The long Reading includes just 4. Concerning the time slots - I don't have a clear answer. In my real GMAT I had 4 passages and just 80 minutes, so I could alocate my time as I wanted. In some prep materials (though they are from the years 2006-2007-2008 and may be outdated) it says that you'll have 20 minutes for the first passage and 40 minutes for the 2nd and 3rd.

My tip: just try to be ready prior the 20 mins pass. If they do - don't panic, just try to compensate on the coming questions!

Regards,
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28 Feb 2012, 12:10
bgpower wrote:
Hi,
In my real GMAT I had 4 passages and just 80 minutes...

thx for dropping in, bgpower.
Are you talking about GMAT or TOEFL?
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Concentration: Strategy, Finance
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GMAT 2: 700 Q42 V44
GMAT 3: 680 Q44 V39
GMAT 4: 740 Q49 V41
GPA: 3.7
WE: Project Management (Energy and Utilities)

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28 Feb 2012, 14:03
WantGMAT800 wrote:
bgpower wrote:
Hi,
In my real GMAT I had 4 passages and just 80 minutes...

thx for dropping in, bgpower.
Are you talking about GMAT or TOEFL?

hehe, sorry about that! Of course TOEFL Slip of the tongue! Any questions?
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29 Feb 2012, 12:29
WantGMAT800 wrote:
hehe, sorry about that! Of course TOEFL Slip of the tongue! Any questions?

Yes, in fact I have . Can I move through passages easily? Like after answering all vocabulary type's questions for the first passage I move on to the next one. And do you think that type of strategy will prove useful?
thx)

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