GMAT Reading Comprehension: Fast Summary Creation

For GMAT Reading Comprehension, summarizing the passage or the paragraph is an essential skill that test takers have to develop during the preparation stage. Some of us have developed the instinct to find keywords, theme, and the intent of the author by reading 3-5 lines. Even for instinctive readers, performance in GMAT reading comprehension can be improved if they ask the 5 questions in sequential order.


This is the first question that test takers must ask. Who is the subject of the paragraph/passage? Some authors start with the subject from the first paragraph itself while others go into the environment or circumstances before going into the subject of the passage. Understand the intent behind the buildup and focus on the person or group of people (community/company/nation) that the author is referring to. Once the subject is shortlisted, it becomes easier to chart out the concepts, assumptions, tone, and main idea.


At least 30% of GMAT reading comprehension passages will have some reference to historical findings, events, and personalities. It is therefore in all probability that you should ask the “When” question after “Whom.” Which era is the author refereeing or critiquing? Is the author going back to historical events to make a point or show the chronological order of events that have led to the current circumstance? In most cases, the author will be comparing two eras for socio-economic and cultural changes. While in other cases, the influence of a personality on current circumstance would be the intent behind using historical references.


The location offers context to the passage, and with the knowledge of the location, you can make valid assumptions regarding the developments in the area. But be careful not to assume based on current world events. Most location references act as a supporting fact, leading the author to make a bigger point regarding concepts, geopolitical changes, and the balance of power. Unless the passage is related to history, the location should be noted down just as a fact.


This is the most important question that you must ask. Once you have the context – ‘who’, ‘when’ and ‘where’, the ‘why’ question digs deep into the author’s assumptions, biases and main idea. The majority of questions would be based on your ability to ask the ‘why’ question, but without the context, the ‘why’ question will lead you to make assumptions based on your biases. The answer to the ‘why’ question should be explicitly mentioned with the support of facts quoted by the author. Pay close attention to the sentence structure and the choice of transition words.


For Science passages, the ‘how’ question has equal validity to the ‘why’ question. Since the author knows that the majority of GMAT test takers would have apprehensions about understanding scientific concepts and phenomenon, the questions will be focused on ‘how’ the phenomenon works. There are no quick solutions to answering science passages but representing the concepts diagrammatically lead to better comprehension. Don’t get lost in the terminologies but pay attention to what the terminology represents, and how it interconnects the various elements of the phenomenon.

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
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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