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OG review, 2016:-
Score 101/139
OG verbal review, 2016:-
Score 77/105
(Disclaimer:- Gone through mgmat rc book twice then switched on to OG'16)

Can someone tell me how good a score is this on 1st try??
My target score overall is 700+

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Hi Sanky7,

Unfortunately, doing 'blocks' of questions out of a book cannot be 'translated' into an Official GMAT Score. On Test Day, your RC passages/prompts are going to be interspersed with SC and CR questions AND you won't get to anything in the Verbal section until you've worked through 3 hours of other material first. As such, the only way to get a reasonable assessment of your overall skills (and potential GMAT score) is to take a FULL-LENGTH CAT under realistic and test-like conditions.

How did you score on your last CAT (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?
How well are you able to handle RC prompts in the context of the FULL GMAT?

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I agree with what you said but on a stand alone basis what should my take be? Should I be worried or these scores are decent enough?? So that I plan my strategies accordingly, like going through additional prep materials or practicing more questions.

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Hi Sanky7,

From this book-practice, you got about 70% of the questions correct, which is pretty good. There's no 'application' for this information though. The decisions that you're looking to make are completely dependent on your CAT scores. Have you taken ANY CATs recently (and what were the results)?

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Hi, as the above poster said, doing questions straight from a book does not emulate real GMAT scoring.

It is a great way to practice your skills, but the only way to accurately assess your current performance is by taking a full length CAT, including the essay and IR portions.

But to answer your questions, I believe material from the OG RC, along with OG in general, is quite basic and a 85+% accuracy rate, in timed conditions, is required to translate into a 700 score on the GMAT. For Quant, you better be hitting 95%+ on OG material in about 90 seconds per question.

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Hi gg,
Can you suggest me how can get my RC score from 70% to 85%?

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Hi gg,
Can you suggest me how can get my RC score from 70% to 85%? I have invested in powerscore rc last, will this suffice?


This is the best way:
1. Go through a RC textbook, I recommend MGMAT RC (pm me if you need a pdf version)
2. Do all the questions in OG and verbal, with time constraints
3. Keep track of all questions you got wrong. Analyze the explanations for all questions, with special attention to the ones you missed.
4. Go to gmatclub and do RC passages first at the 600 level, then 600-700, then 700+
5. Only move to a higher didficulty once you mastered the lower ones. There is no need to dive into hard questions right away.

This is a very systematic way to first learn a topic, and then apply the theory in increasing difficulty. This approach will work for all question types.

Perfect practice makes perfect.

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Sanky7 wrote:
Hi gg,
Can you suggest me how can get my RC score from 70% to 85%? I have invested in powerscore rc last, will this suffice?


The most important part of RC question is to comprehend the passage.
There are various methods of reading the passage such as skimming, reading the first and the last line attentively etc.

I would recommend you to make a passage map of each paragraph. This will aid your comprehension of the passage.
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OptimusPrepJanielle wrote:

The most important part of RC question is to comprehend the passage.
There are various methods of reading the passage such as skimming, reading the first and the last line attentively etc.

I would recommend you to make a passage map of each paragraph. This will aid your comprehension of the passage.


Hi Janielle,
I have observed that making a passage map of each paragraph consumes a lot of time which makes it difficult to finish the question within time.

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ggurface wrote:

This is the best way:
1. Go through a RC textbook, I recommend MGMAT RC (pm me if you need a pdf version)
2. Do all the questions in OG and verbal, with time constraints
3. Keep track of all questions you got wrong. Analyze the explanations for all questions, with special attention to the ones you missed.
4. Go to gmatclub and do RC passages first at the 600 level, then 600-700, then 700+
5. Only move to a higher didficulty once you mastered the lower ones. There is no need to dive into hard questions right away.

This is a very systematic way to first learn a topic, and then apply the theory in increasing difficulty. This approach will work for all question types.

Perfect practice makes perfect.


Thanks for showing me a way out but I have already gone through MGMAT RC twice. Can you suggest me any other resource to study from? Or as you mentioned earlier, now my focus should solely be on solving more and more questions?

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Sanky7 wrote:
OptimusPrepJanielle wrote:

The most important part of RC question is to comprehend the passage.
There are various methods of reading the passage such as skimming, reading the first and the last line attentively etc.

I would recommend you to make a passage map of each paragraph. This will aid your comprehension of the passage.


Hi Janielle,
I have observed that making a passage map of each paragraph consumes a lot of time which makes it difficult to finish the question within time.


You can improve your timing by practice. Try to time all the RCs you solve from now on.
Also, if you are able to solve a long RC in 8 minutes and short one in 6 minutes, you are right on track.

You can save the time in SC questions and invest them in RC
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You may be interested in GMAT PILL's Reading Comprehension Pill.

You can see a sample of what to expect here: http://www.gmatpill.com/practicequestio ... tions.html

Hit the "Back to Reading Comprehension" link to see a list of other passages and video explanations.

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What is the penality if i get more qns wrong in RC. Would i affect drastically my score. And what difficulty wouldthe Rcs be nrmally

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What is the penality if i get more qns wrong in RC. Would i affect drastically my score. And what difficulty wouldthe Rcs be nrmally
The GMAT does not treat RC differently. That is, it is the characteristics of the question(s) that matter, not the type. The GMAT is an adaptive test, so you can expect the GMAT to be capable of giving you questions across a lot of difficulty levels.
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