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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)
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)
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
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
Read the complete debrief here: Niladri GMAT 750
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)
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
Read the complete debrief here: Vagisha GMAT 720 (Q50
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
Read the complete debrief here: Abhishek GMAT
730 (Q50 V38)
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
Read the complete debrief here: Kaushal GMAT 760
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
Read the complete debrief here: Vikas GMAT 760 (Q50
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