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8 RC Tips from GMAT Top Scorers

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8 RC Tips from GMAT Top Scorers

  1. 1. 8 RC Tips from Top Scorers
  2. 2. Introduction CrackVerbal presents the top 8 RC tips from our GMAT top scorers. Our students have made it to top B-schools like Harvard, Kellogg, Wharton, MIT Sloan, ISB and many more, and are delighted to share their strategies with you to help you achieve the same.
  3. 3. 1. Drawing Patterns from Your Mistakes For RC, I did reach out to CV for the specific problems I had. Try to draw out a pattern from your mistakes. This will really help.  I focused a lot on RC, posting my problems every day. For RC, they were eating a lot of my time; I practiced on their timing a lot. Read the complete debrief here :Arushi GMAT 720 (Q50 V40)
  4. 4. 2. Apply the principle of elimination I would take the worst of the passages and just read them even though I might not make head or tail of them. Try to read and make little sense out of them enough to choose from options and narrow it down to the last two options. Ensure that you don’t get lost in the passage or be taken down by its sheer size or the content. Then again visit passage and mark the final one. Read the complete debrief here : Chaitanya GMAT 720 (Q48 V41)
  5. 5. 3. Tough RC passages are a good indication If you are doing well in you RC chances are the 3rd or 4th RC will be monstrous ones, like mine (6 paragraphs ) Make sure you make time for that. But all said and done I was pretty confident I had done pretty well.  I submitted my answers 1 minute in advance and was delighted I had a 750. That feeling, that moment is unexplainable  Read the complete debrief here: Niladri GMAT 750 (Q49 V44)
  6. 6. 4. Timing is Everything I noted a pattern in the mistakes I was making I was screwing up the “main purpose of the passage” questions in RC, then I worked on this, focusing on why I was getting them wrong and what I could do better. The CV Forum was helpful and I referred to my notes from the classes. It took conscious effort to maintain the timing on every question in RC. Read the complete debrief here: Varun GMAT 740 (Q50 V40)
  7. 7. 5. The Right Techniques Supersede Practice Take the strategies taught in RC very seriously, they actually do help. Merely practicing questions won't help unless you do so with the correct approach for each type of question. The Mapping technique in RC is just awesome! It just takes away the fear of understanding even the lengthiest passage.  My speed improved a lot in RC when I used maps and it clearly reflected on the GMAT. I got an RC in my last 6 questions. Read the complete debrief here: Vagisha GMAT 720 (Q50 V38)
  8. 8. 6. Apply CrackVerbal’s Mapping Techniques RC maps might sound ridiculous and a waste of time initially, but you should always create a map for RC passages. In my case, I hardly ever go back and refer to my map while answering questions, but it helps in remembering and understanding the passage much better. Read the complete debrief here: Abhishek GMAT 730 (Q50 V38)
  9. 9. 7. Use Time Management & Pattern Recognition As Arun keeps saying, GMAT is all about time management and pattern recognition. If you can figure out instantly, what type of question it is, then you save almost 30-40 seconds, so it’s important to practice all type of questions.  The one thing that helped me was I practiced OG with the solution pages instead of the question pages, so that I read the explanation for each choice, even the ones I got correct. This way I learnt the technique that GMAT expects you to know and was able to apply it on similar questions. Read the complete debrief here: Kaushal GMAT 760 (Q50 V41)
  10. 10. 8. Focus on Reading the Passage Well, IMO RC’s are simply long version of CR. You are given information and you’ll be asked questions about it. However, there would be no specific question type associated with RC except for the ones that ask you to identify the “main point of the author”. There is only one way to move forward - read the passage. Avoid reading the questions and then looking for answers in the passage. You would not get any bonus points if the passage belongs to any of your comfort areas. Read the complete debrief here: Vikas GMAT 760 (Q50 V42)
  11. 11. Learn from RC experts – attend a free Online session on GMAT RC by writing to us at enquiry@crackverbal.com
  12. 12. About CrackVerbal For professionals who want to advance in their careers, CrackVerbal GMAT training and MBA Admissions Consulting provides superior quality along with unmatched support. Unlike other test prep companies, CrackVerbal has made a no-compromise commitment to meeting our students’ MBA needs. This is what has helped CrackVerbal grow from six students in a coffee shop in 2006 to India’s fastest-growing test prep company, helping more than 1000 students every year! CrackVerbal S-7, 2nd Floor, Gem Plaza, Infantry Road, Bangalore www.crackverbal.com enquiry@crackverbal.com www.facebook.com/crackverbal www.twitter.com/askcrackverbal Disclaimer GMAT is a registered trademark of the Graduate Admission Management Council (GMAC). GMAC does not endorse, nor is it affiliated in any way with the owner or any content of this document.

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