GMAT Reading Comprehension - How to Remember Information

GMAT RC Remembering InformationAlthough we recommend that test takers go back to the passage for facts or questions related to “quotes,” memory serves the crucial role of understanding the author’s point of view. Skim the passage when the questions are about “the main idea,” “tone,” “passage structure,” and “author’s stand,” but without comprehending the author’s point of view, reading in record time becomes a wasteful exercise.

You cannot improve your memory with a 3-month GMAT preparation, but you can improve in these four focus areas:

1) Motivation

When you perform any activity – reading or writing, the motivation to do it efficiently, influences your concentration. If you look at GMAT as a roadblock for completing the MBA application process, you are less likely to score in the competitive range. Instead, look at GMAT as a tool to solidify your position among the probable candidates, before the admission team evaluates essays, recommendation letters and interview performance. This small shift in approach drastically changes your outlook towards reading GMAT reading comprehension, even if that means reading some of the most boring texts about coral reefs, or a scientific phenomenon that you don’t care.

2) Remembering Irrelevant Information

Authors not only plug in irrelevant facts and distract the GMAT test taker, but they use multiple arguments to convey the main idea, and not all the points are relevant for the questions asked. Read the questions before reading the passage. This will save time.

For example, a passage about Civil War and Obama re-election has questions that ask primary purpose, quotes from the passage, paragraph structure relative to the passage, reference to a line, and attitude of the author towards Obama’s reelection. From the questions, you know that skimming the passage will help you answer about “the primary purpose,” “paragraph structure,” and “attitude of the author towards Obama’s reelection.”


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