# Mastering GMAT Reading Comprehension: 3 Best Practices

Staying still and reading 600 to 1000-word passages seem a daunting task for most. In regular reading, we skim the content, look for titles & sub-titles, and try to pick the gist of the passage. This process cannot be followed in GMAT Reading comprehension passages where answering the question requires paying close attention to keywords, tone of the author, and other details embedded in the passage.

1) Read the Message not the Word

Even though GMAT RC requires test takers to pay close attention, reading every word and forcing yourself through the passage is a sign of a poor reader. Instead, read the passage for the message and not the word. If the passage has a question specific to a passage or the “word” used in the passage, you can always go back to the text and figure it out. Most questions will be related to the main idea of the passage, tone of the author, title, inference, organization of the passage, and assumptions.

To go beyond the words, and read the message, you must develop a habit of reading a line. This can be tricky early on and need practice. Even though you feel that you have missed important information, our brains are receptive and much more capable than we anticipate. Reading a line with a one-sweep eyeball movement can capture a lot more than reading each word. Start practicing speed-reading during practice. After reading 5-10 passage, you will be comfortable with this practice, and the accuracy rate will improve considerably.

2) Set Targets

When you have targets before reading a passage, you are likely to read with a purpose. We are not talking about the accuracy or timing targets. These are the end results of setting qualitative targets.

Example:

a) Writing down the main idea of the paragraph

b) Noting down keywords

Timing targets are important even for qualitative targets.

Qualitative Target Example: Read an 800-word 3-paragraph passage in 3 minutes with keywords, and the main idea of each paragraph noted down in your worksheet.

3) Look for Argument Flaws

It is strange that when we read to find fault with the author’s argument, we pay close attention to the sentence structure, words used, and the intent behind each paragraph. To meet qualitative targets like 3-minute reads, you don’t need a critical eye, but for accuracy goals, analyzing the author’s argument will help you retain the essential part of the text that would be useful for answering questions related to the main idea or attitude of the author. GMAT test takers have a tendency to go back to the paragraph even for such questions. This is a bad practice, and you are losing precious seconds by following this habit. Unless the question quotes a paragraph or a line, the temptation to go back to the passage should be culled in practice itself.

When you read the passage for argument flaws, ask the following questions:

a) What biases does the author have?

b) What assumptions is the author making?

We are not suggesting to write down answers to these questions, but if you enter a reading comprehension exercise with these questions in mind, you are likely to retain the gist of the passage and the attitude of the author.

## Essential GMAT Reading Comprehension Guide (2019 Edition)

Chapters

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 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 #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

Pages: 295

Questions: 100+

1. Complete GMAT RC Questions in less than 1 minute and 50 seconds
3. Take Notes Effectively
4. Collect and Interpret Facts
5. Speed up Summary Creation
6. Remember Information
7. Question the Author

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

Mastering GMAT Critical Reasoning

After you read F1GMAT’s Mastering GMAT Critical Reasoning Guide, you will learn:

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

How to Answer bold-faced and Summary Question Types

How to Answer Parallel Reasoning Questions

How to Answer the Fill in the Blanks Question

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