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kaustubhp89 Says
I agree what u say but for some answers we have to read the whole paragraph or may be full passage. In this situation how to make our reading faster so that we can cover it in a given time??

Eventually you will have to read the whole paragraph. But do not do so at the beginning.

There are several speed reading techniques. The one that has worked best for my students is...

1. The reading speed reduces because most of us SPEAK while we read. Our speaking speed is 200-220 wpm and so is most people's reading speed. Tough some people say that they do not speak the words, they are speaking them in their mind. For GMAT/GRE tests, you should aim at crossing 350-400 wpm.
2. Most of us read one word at a time. When our eyes read this word, it is called "Fixation". Then they need to transfer this information to the Brain. This process is called "Switch Off" where the info gets transferred to the Brain and our eyes stop reading. Both, Fixations and Switch Offs, happen every one third of a second. That means we read 60 secs x 3 words = 180 words per minute.
3. Now just try and increase the span of your eyes and try to read 2 to 3 words per "Fixation". This will transfer more info to your Brain during "Switch Offs" and you will be able to cross 400 wpm. To be able to do this, you will have to stop "Speaking" the words and practice every day for at least one hour. Once your eyes become used to reading 2 - 3 words at a time, this will become your second nature and you will not have to try hard.

I hope this helps to people !!!
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If u start reading RC Passages from the beginning, then u will waste time in doing so. Then when u read the question, u will again land up in re-reading the same text. I would suggest a strategy called SKIMMING the Text instead of reading it. In this technique, u should read only the 1st sentence of each paragraph.

Now when would one start a new paragraph??? Only when he wants to change topic or bring up a new point. And you would usually start the new paragraph highlighting this new point. Hence by reading the 1st sentence, u should be able to figure out what the author wants to say in that paragraph.

This way, u will waste less time by not reading the entire passage.

I agree what u say but for some answers we have to read the whole paragraph or may be full passage. In this situation how to make our reading faster so that we can cover it in a given time??
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Hi Puys..

Please help me with RC LSAT ques sets and Kaplan answer explanations material..

ps25 Says
Can you guys please share strategies for RC passages - generally I read whole passage trying to remember, making myself entrapped in subject of passage, read the question, then options if cant conclude on one, eliminate intermittently referring to passage but is it the best way? It could be time consuming...whats the best way?

If u start reading RC Passages from the beginning, then u will waste time in doing so. Then when u read the question, u will again land up in re-reading the same text. I would suggest a strategy called SKIMMING the Text instead of reading it. In this technique, u should read only the 1st sentence of each paragraph.

Now when would one start a new paragraph??? Only when he wants to change topic or bring up a new point. And you would usually start the new paragraph highlighting this new point. Hence by reading the 1st sentence, u should be able to figure out what the author wants to say in that paragraph.

This way, u will waste less time by not reading the entire passage.
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If u start reading RC Passages from the beginning, then u will waste time in doing so. Then when u read the question, u will again land up in re-reading the same text. I would suggest a strategy called SKIMMING the Text instead of reading it. In this technique, u should read only the 1st sentence of each paragraph.

Now when would one start a new paragraph??? Only when he wants to change topic or bring up a new point. And you would usually start the new paragraph highlighting this new point. Hence by reading the 1st sentence, u should be able to figure out what the author wants to say in that paragraph.

This way, u will waste less time by not reading the entire passage.

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can someone mail me sc grail and rc99 books. thanks

ps25 Says
don't look beyond MH verbal review for RC. Besides no book can help in RC except practice

Thanks for the reply!!
Can you suggest few books for RC practice.
Hi ,

Please let me know about the material that one should refer to for RC in addition to OG and Manhattan Verbal Review.


don't look beyond MH verbal review for RC. Besides no book can help in RC except practice
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Hi ,

Please let me know about the material that one should refer to for RC in addition to OG and Manhattan Verbal Review.

hi folks
can u please provide me with reviews of RC Practice sets 1 & 2. n from where can i get these??

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