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Doing it Right: GRE Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension makes up about 50% of the GRE Verbal questions. That’s a pretty huge chunk and unfortunately most of us loathe or even fear the Reading Comprehension (RC) questions. Below are two common questions we hear from our students all the time, so we thought we’d address it in this post.

 

I read a lot, and I thought that would help me ace RC! Why am I still struggling on the RC?


 

Firstly, the kind of texts you read may not necessarily be the kind of texts you see on a RC passage. RC passages range in topic from Literary criticism, Marine Geology, Anthropology to Historical analysis. Honestly, no one reads things like these on a regular basis.

 

Secondly, unlike the kind of reading you generally do – in which you are constantly making connections with stuff you already know- passages on RC expect you to NOT let your background knowledge flow-in to what the passage says.

 

Simply put: The right answer will always be something said in the passage (content and logic wise) , anything other than that, if stated, is a definite wrong answer.

 

Don’t start “developing” a reading habit right now in hopes to be better on the RC. Instead understand best practices to deal with RC questions and practice those on good quality RC practice questions.

 

I read the passage on the RC really thoroughly, but I still mess up!


 

Reading the passage thoroughly on RC is a big NO NO! Think about what the reading comprehension questions give you points for. The answer: Getting the Questions right!
 

The passage is just there as reference to get information about what the question asks about! Therefore, only read the passage to get a surface level idea of what its about: this will help you with the “primary purpose” questions.
 

Beyond that, when a question asks you about a specific concept or detail – go back to the passage and zone in on where this idea/concept is mentioned and find out what the answer should be.  Here is why this approach is good for you – You spend less time reading the passage and more time solving the questions.
 

What’s more, you stop filling your head with unnecessary details and therefore stop making non-existent connections about things said in the passage. This prevents you from choosing deceptive trap answers while answering a question by helping you focus on ONLY what is important (from the scope of the question).
 

Found this blog interesting? Check out this blog about the Do’s and Don’ts of Reading Comprehension and leave your comments.
 
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Struggling with GRE Reading Comprehension?

Reading Comprehension makes up about 50% of the GRE Verbal questions. That’s a pretty huge chunk and unfortunately most of us loathe or even fear the Reading Comprehension (RC) questions. Below are two common questions we hear from our students all the time, so we thought we’d address it in this post.

 

I read a lot, and I thought that would help me ace RC! Why am I still struggling on the RC?


 

Firstly, the kind of texts you read may not necessarily be the kind of texts you see on a RC passage. RC passages range in topic from Literary criticism, Marine Geology, Anthropology to Historical analysis. Honestly, no one reads things like these on a regular basis.

 

Secondly, unlike the kind of reading you generally do – in which you are constantly making connections with stuff you already know- passages on RC expect you to NOT let your background knowledge flow-in to what the passage says.

 

Simply put: The right answer will always be something said in the passage (content and logic wise) , anything other than that, if stated, is a definite wrong answer.

 

Don’t start “developing” a reading habit right now in hopes to be better on the RC. Instead understand best practices to deal with RC questions and practice those on good quality RC practice questions.

 

I read the passage on the RC really thoroughly, but I still mess up!


 

Reading the passage thoroughly on RC is a big NO NO! Think about what the reading comprehension questions give you points for. The answer: Getting the Questions right!
 

The passage is just there as reference to get information about what the question asks about! Therefore, only read the passage to get a surface level idea of what its about: this will help you with the “primary purpose” questions.
 

Beyond that, when a question asks you about a specific concept or detail – go back to the passage and zone in on where this idea/concept is mentioned and find out what the answer should be.  Here is why this approach is good for you – You spend less time reading the passage and more time solving the questions.
 

What’s more, you stop filling your head with unnecessary details and therefore stop making non-existent connections about things said in the passage. This prevents you from choosing deceptive trap answers while answering a question by helping you focus on ONLY what is important (from the scope of the question).
 

Found this blog interesting? Check out this blog about the Do’s and Don’ts of Reading Comprehension and leave your comments.
 
Are you looking for expert guidance on GRE prep? Check out our GRE course offerings!

 
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