Effective Note taking for GMAT Reading Comprehension

GMAT RC NotetakingEffective Note taking is a pre-requisite for GMAT Reading Comprehension. Writing notes help us to:

•    Organize the content of a passage
•    To associate ideas in different paragraphs and infer the main idea
•    Focus on the keywords

It is a waste of time to write down facts and sentences in your notes. The best strategy would be to write down keywords that summarizes the main idea of the paragraph. Focus on the concept/main idea underlying the facts. Try to create images and association between the ideas. This can increase comprehension of the passage. This process will also save time when you go back to the text.


Have you noticed how easy it is to read a novel? We imagine a completely new world with each sentence, bringing to life the numerous characters in the plot. When you read the passage, use your imagination to create a movie. Here, the challenge would be to create the movie in 4 minutes (Ideal time to read a passage). You have to isolate yourselves from the testing environment but in a state where you are completely aware of the time.

Warning: If you are too immersed into the text, chances are that you would take more time than it is prescribed.

Before you recognize the keywords understand the following....

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