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GMAT Reading Comprehension Strategies

The following Strategies in GMAT Reading Comprehension will influence the test taker's ability to cross 700

1.
Aggressively read the whole text of the passage.

2. Read the passage within 3 minutes.

If you miss the main idea of the passage, you will certainly miss some of the questions.

3. Speed reading is crucial but it should not be at the expense of correctness.

4. Make brief notes on your noteboard

5.
Do not write down facts, it will slow you down. Authors use facts to make a point.

7. Focus on the point that the author is trying to make.

Quick Tip: For questions related to facts in the passage, go back to the paragraph, read the facts along with two lines above and below the facts.

9.  Write a few words for each paragraph like:

a) Main Idea of the entire passage
b) Structure of passage
c) Summary of each passage

10. Tone or attitude question in GMAT Reading comprehension is usually respectful and moderate. The passages are collected from academics and magazines, therefore even criticisms are always balanced and moderate. Articles that has minorities or ethnic groups as its subject will always have a tone that is positive or empathic.

11. Look out for transition words in a passage

Continuity Words

Similarly
Moreover
Additionally
In the same way
Likewise

Conclusion Words

Thus
Therefore
Hence
So
In summary
In conclusion

Contradiction or Contrast Words

Neverthless
Nonetheless
However
But
Although
Though
Even though
Notwithstanding
Yet
Despite
In spite of
On the one hand…on the other hand
While
Unlike

These words will give you a fair idea on the transition of author's thoughts.

12. Do not depend on your memory for answering the question. Go back to the text to answer questions that refer paragraphs or lines in a passage

Recommended Book: F1GMAT's Essential GMAT Reading Comprehension Guide

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