Collecting and Interpreting Facts: GMAT Reading Comprehension

A piece of common advice given to GMAT test takers is to ignore facts and focus on the main idea and the intent of the author. Before you do that, understand the difference between relevant and irrelevant facts. The relevant ones come together to create the foundation for the main idea, therefore, instead of writing all of them, find patterns in facts and learn to discern the facts that convey the main idea from the ones that offer a context.

GMAT Fact Question

GMAT fact questions are the easiest. Most of them are in quote format, or the line numbers are clearly mentioned. The reader has to go back to the paragraph or quickly scan the passage to find the matching text, and then address the question. Most test takers find it tedious to go back to the passage because they have a faulty assumption about their memory. They feel that they can remember relevant facts, and the 5-10 seconds required to scan the passage can be better used to answer the next question. Avoid this tendency. For all fact questions where a quote or a line number is mentioned, go back to the text, and confirm the information stored in your memory.

Differentiating Between Relevant & Irrelevant Facts

Authors always have something to say. The facts and the use of language are garbs to hide the main points. Some facts strengthen the argument that the author is trying to make while others offer the context. The Five Questions - “Who,” “When,” “Where,” “Why” & “How” would help you with the process.

Scan for Fact Question

GMAT test takers don’t fully understand the difference between skimming and scanning. A critical aspect of speed reading is skimming the text or reading the text superficially and noting down ideas or positions that the author is supporting. This process is effective in answering the main idea question. Don’t skim for fact question; scan instead.

When you scan the text, each word is read with great attention until the answer to the question is found. The reference point where the reading should start influences the speed with which fact questions are answered. For example, if you have skimmed the passage, and your memory tells that the answer to the fact question is in paragraph 2, you should start scanning from paragraph 2 and save precious reading time.

If you have skimmed the passage without a purpose – not understanding what each paragraph represents, you might have to scan the entire passage.

Therefore, skim to understand the passage structure, and scan to find the answer.

Read the Question First

This applies to all GMAT reading comprehension questions. If you have an overview of the questions – the main idea, facts, assumptions, and the tone that the passage follows, the reading exercise will have a purpose. Your accuracy rate will improve when you know what to answer.

Essential GMAT Reading Comprehension Guide (2019 Edition)


Collecting and Interpreting Facts: GMAT Reading Comprehension    
Effective Note-taking for GMAT Reading Comprehension    
5 Questions to Speed up Summary Creation    
Mastering GMAT Reading Comprehension: 3 Best Practices    
How to Remember Information    
How to improve comprehension by Questioning the Author    
How to Read Faster    
How to Answer GMAT Reading Comprehension Title question
How to Answer GMAT Reading Comprehension Main Idea Question    
How to Answer GMAT Reading comprehension inference question    
How to Answer GMAT Reading Comprehension Purpose Question    
How to Answer GMAT Reading Comprehension Detail Question    
How to Answer the GMAT organization of passage Question    

How to Improve GMAT Reading Comprehension Score?   

Passage #1: Protein-Rich Diet    
Passage #2: Pregnant Women and Stress Management    
Passage #3: F Losing Momentum    
Passage #4: Conservatives and Automation    
Passage #5: Collaboration, Team size and Performance    
Passage #6: Effective Altruism    
Passage #7: Loneliness Epidemic    
Passage #8: Space Exploration    
Passage #9: Lab-Grown Meat    
Passage #10: Minimum Wage in the US    
Passage #11: AI and Creativity    
Passage #12: Bias Against Healthcare in Developing Economies    
Passage #13: Legacy Admissions    
Passage #14: Plastic Ban and alternatives    
Passage #15: Underestimating Homo Sapiens    
Passage #16: Conspiracy Theories    
Passage #17: Relative Poverty    
Passage #18: Why Paintings are expensive    
Passage #19: US Obesity Epidemics    
Passage #20: The Future of Advertising    
Passage #21: Breaking Large Companies    
Passage #22: Helicopter Parenting    
Passage #23: Future of Democracy    
Passage #24: Technology and Global Citizenship    

Passage #25: Morality and Investment   

Answers: 157 to 294

Pages: 295

Questions: 100+

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Essential GMAT Reading Comprehension Guide

After reading F1GMAT’s Essential GMAT Reading Comprehension Guide, you will:

1. Complete GMAT RC Questions in less than 1 minute and 50 seconds
2. Read Faster
3. Take Notes Effectively
4. Collect and Interpret Facts
5. Speed up Summary Creation
6. Remember Information
7. Question the Author   
8. Learn to Answer GMAT Reading Comprehension Title question   
9. Learn to Answer GMAT Reading Comprehension Main Idea Question   

10.Learn to Answer GMAT Reading comprehension Inference question

11. Learn to Answer GMAT Reading Comprehension Detail Question   

12. Learn to Answer GMAT Reading Comprehension Purpose Question
12. Learn to Answer GMAT organization of passage Question
13. Learn to identify the style/tone or attitude of the author

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How to overcome flawed thinking in GMAT Critical Reasoning?  

How to spot Inconsistencies in Arguments  

How to eliminate out of scope answer choices using Necessary and Sufficient Conditions  

How to Paraphrase GMAT Critical Reasoning Question  

How to Answer Assumption Question Type  

How to Answer Conclusion Question Type  

How to Answer Inference Question Type  

How to Answer Strengthen Question Type  

How to Answer Weaken Question Type  

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