GMAT Advice: How to solve Reading Comprehension Problems

Discussion in 'Foreign MBA degree / GMAT discussion' started by Guest, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi everyone,

    The reading comprehension section of the GMAT can be tricky. I hope this is of help to those reading:

    On the GMAT, you should expect to see four reading comprehension passages. Typically each passage will have 3-4 questions, for a total of 12 to 14 Reading Comprehension Questions.

    Passages are either short (200-250 words) or long (over 300 words). Of the four passages you see, three of them will likely be short.

    In order to solve these questions, follow the steps below:

    1. Get involved in the passage

    Hopefully, you will find a passage that you enjoy reading. If this is not the case, then pretend to love the passage. In order to do well on the questions, you need to get involved.

    2, Find the story

    You should be able to summarize the entire passage into 1 sentence. Once you do this, you will know which parts of the passage are most important.

    3. Link the passage to the knowledge you have

    This part requires that you visualize certain aspects of the passage. Even if you don't understand all of the passage, if you visualize what you do understand, then you will be able to come to conclusions about the meaning of other parts.

    4. Examine the beginning

    Make sure to focus on the first few sentences of each paragraph; they tend to be the most important.

    5. Link parts of the passage to one another

    Never forget the main point of the passage.

    6. Keep your eye out for signals

    Keep your eye out for paragraph breaks and signal words that indicate the relationship of each paragraph to the next. For example, the word "Likewise" is used to point out a similarity between paragraphs.

    7. Speed up as the passage continues

    Make sure that you spend the most time on the first paragraph, and then speed up your reading as the passage continues. Make sure to not get lost in the details.
  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Thanks David. This is great advice!

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