Effective Note taking for GMAT Reading Comprehension

Effective 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 summarize 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 (the 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 in the text, the chances are that you would take more time than it is prescribed.

Before you recognize the keywords understand the following parts of speech:

Nouns: are the name of a person, place or object. This information helps you to identify the central characters in the passage.

'Common nouns' are whole classes of people or things, e.g. woman, cat, chair, game, ball.

'Proper nouns' name a particular person or thing, e.g. Obama, the 'King', Milan

Verbs: represent action e.g. to carry, smile, run, drink, sing.

Adjectives: describe noun - how they appear or behave, e.g. young, short, clever, beautiful.

Adverbs: describe a verb e.g. swiftly, fully, greatly.

Read the following passage and note down the keywords that would help you with quick recognition and comprehension. Use the keywords to write a 3-line summary.

PASSAGE: Before Reading this article - Why The Apple vs Samsung Verdict Is A Big Mistake, the question that you have to answer is - What is the main idea that the author is trying to convey? Start noting down keywords for each paragraph and complete the passage in 1 minute.

Steps for taking notes for GMAT Reading Comprehension Questions

1) Read one of the articles (preferably from businessweek.com, forbes.com or any online science journals).

2) Note down the keywords.

3) Write down the entire article with the keywords.

4) Practice this for at least 10 articles with a target time of 4 minutes (for passage of 300-500 words).

5) With each article, reduce the number of keywords that you note.

6) At the end of the 10th article, you would see that a fewer number of words is sufficient to create the entire text.

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

1. Complete GMAT RC Questions in less than 1 minute and 50 seconds
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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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