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frostie
frostie! S @frostie 594
Posted 04 Sep '12
Hi guys..From which of the GMAT/GRE/LSAT RC materials, could I get detailed solutions/explanations from the original source (not just answers)? Also, in ur opinion, which material has the most confusing, esoteric sort of passages? P.S.: I have e-books of 1000RC, Manhattan and Aristotle. ...
Hi guys..From which of the GMAT/GRE/LSAT RC materials, could I get detailed solutions/explanations from the original source (not just answers)?
Also, in ur opinion, which material has the most confusing, esoteric sort of passages?
P.S.: I have e-books of 1000RC, Manhattan and Aristotle.
Thanx in advance :)
dixjatin
Jatin Dixit @dixjatin 35
Posted 28 Aug '12
I am preparing for GMAT from past one month. Last week I gave my first mock (Manhattan mock 1) and I scored 51 in maths and 33 in Verbal ,Also in verbal I cracked CR with 12 out of 14 questions correct along with a good speed. I performed very poorly in Sentence correction and Reading comprehens...

I am preparing for GMAT from past one month. Last week I gave my first mock (Manhattan mock 1) and I scored 51 in maths and 33 in Verbal ,Also in verbal I cracked CR with 12 out of 14 questions correct along with a good speed.

I performed very poorly in Sentence correction and Reading comprehension mostly because of very slow speed. I am ready to do anything to improve on this front.Kindly suggest some methodology, material €Ś which can help me improve.


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prakashamit
AMIT PRAKASH @prakashamit 29
Posted 27 Aug '12
> @manishkt85 said: hey ...i was lukin for RC 99, but i guess now they have stopped selling it. can you please tell me from where i can get it..? > > You May pm me if you want RC 99
@manishkt85 said: hey ...i was lukin for RC 99, but i guess now they have stopped selling it. can you please tell me from where i can get it..?

You May pm me if you want RC 99
Neo2000
Ryan P @Neo2000 6.8 k
Posted 28 Jun '12
Folks - just wanted to give everybody here a heads-up - Once we move to the new forum, I will be closing this thread down. It's anyway gotten way too long. Once we move to the new section, what I'd like you to do is create a thread for each problem that you want to discuss. The title should ...
Folks - just wanted to give everybody here a heads-up - Once we move to the new forum, I will be closing this thread down. It's anyway gotten way too long.

Once we move to the new section, what I'd like you to do is create a thread for each problem that you want to discuss. The title should follow the format - "Source" "Type" "Question Number" "Misc information"
So thread titles will now look like "OG12 DS #247" or "TIME PS #7 Book5Pg38"

Why I am doing this -
In this thread alone there are a ton of good problems that most likely nobody is ever going to read because it's buried too deep. And that's a serious waste. The new format allows somebody to more efficiently use the tags to find a particular solution rather than reposting the question.

As always - open to suggestions and discussions
saurabh1938
Saurabh Soni @saurabh1938 46
Posted 27 Jun '12
Hi, I am preparing RC from OG12 and got 24 wrongs out of total 139. Please tell me how am I faring if I am aiming a score above 720? and also any action plan for improvement? Thanks Saurabh
Hi,

I am preparing RC from OG12 and got 24 wrongs out of total 139.

Please tell me how am I faring if I am aiming a score above 720? and also any action plan for improvement?

Thanks
Saurabh
akhilasharma
@akhilasharma
Posted 25 Jun '12
The fact is questions are framed from these similar looking yet different instances mentioned in the passage. To sum it, try and pen down very short notes while you are reading it and identify the main differences. :: ::
The fact is questions are framed from these similar looking yet different instances mentioned in the passage. To sum it, try and pen down very short notes while you are reading it and identify the main differences.
manishkt85
Manish Tiwari @manishkt85
Posted 12 Jun '12
> Hi Ashish, I have recently started preparing for RCs from RC 99..I have got a few queries like:- 1- Hows RC 99 a guide to prepare for GMAT and even CAT ? 2- I have completed around 10 Rcs and I did find the quality quite good. But I generally take around 12 mins on an average to complete ...
Hi Ashish,
I have recently started preparing for RCs from RC 99..I have got a few queries like:-
1- Hows RC 99 a guide to prepare for GMAT and even CAT ?
2- I have completed around 10 Rcs and I did find the quality quite good. But I generally take around 12 mins on an average to complete the Rcs and my accuracy is something like 3/4 or 2/3 and rarely 1/3 in some cases. Whats your take on it and How would you suggest me to improve upon subsequently?
3- Any other source to practice good quality Rcs?

Thanks a tonne in advance...


hey ...i was lukin for RC 99, but i guess now they have stopped selling it.
can you please tell me from where i can get it..?
EducationAisle
Ashish @EducationAisle 512
Posted 16 May '12
> Hi Ashish, Could you please let me know whether the Kaplan and Manhattan tests are adaptive or not? Does their score a good relflection of the actual gmat score? While (I am sure) they claim to be adaptive, there is really no way for any outsider to tell for sure. However, on t...
Hi Ashish,

Could you please let me know whether the Kaplan and Manhattan tests are adaptive or not? Does their score a good relflection of the actual gmat score?


While (I am sure) they claim to be adaptive, there is really no way for any outsider to tell for sure.

However, on the brighter side, it should really not be of concern. The more relevant point is whether their score is indeed a reflection of the actual score. From what I have heard, one can expect the actual GMAT score to be slightly more than what one scores on Manhattan. Not sure about Kaplan.

Needless to say, no test can compare on this front with the GMATPrep.

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Thanks,
Ashish
GMAT Faculty @ EducationAisle
GMAT - 99th Percentile, MBA - ISB
Hard work..works!!
ladhanikhil
Nikhil Ladha @ladhanikhil
Posted 15 May '12
Hi Ashish, Could you please let me know whether the Kaplan and Manhattan tests are adaptive or not? Does their score a good relflection of the actual gmat score?
Hi Ashish,

Could you please let me know whether the Kaplan and Manhattan tests are adaptive or not? Does their score a good relflection of the actual gmat score?
blitz123
@blitz123 4
Posted 11 May '12
> Difficulty in RC can be at two levels: The _passage_ itself might be tough to understand (for example, psychoanalytic passages) or the _questions_ might be tough. \------------------------------------------- Thanks, *Ashish* GMAT Faculty @ EducationAisle _GMAT - 99th Percentile...
Difficulty in RC can be at two levels: The passage itself might be tough to understand (for example, psychoanalytic passages) or the questions might be tough.


-------------------------------------------
Thanks,
Ashish
GMAT Faculty @ EducationAisle
GMAT - 99th Percentile, MBA - ISB
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going...


Hi Ashish,
I have recently started preparing for RCs from RC 99..I have got a few queries like:-
1- Hows RC 99 a guide to prepare for GMAT and even CAT ?
2- I have completed around 10 Rcs and I did find the quality quite good. But I generally take around 12 mins on an average to complete the Rcs and my accuracy is something like 3/4 or 2/3 and rarely 1/3 in some cases. Whats your take on it and How would you suggest me to improve upon subsequently?
3- Any other source to practice good quality Rcs?

Thanks a tonne in advance...
EducationAisle
Ashish @EducationAisle 512
Posted 11 May '12
> Hi Ashish, I would like to know whether the difficulty level of english section in the GMAT is same as that of OG or its difficult compared to it. Also, I get 4 ques correct out of 6 in 13-14 minutes in RC, but the time I am taking is too much. Could you please suggest some ways to increase a...
Hi Ashish,
I would like to know whether the difficulty level of english section in the GMAT is same as that of OG or its difficult compared to it. Also, I get 4 ques correct out of 6 in 13-14 minutes in RC, but the time I am taking is too much. Could you please suggest some ways to increase accuracy as well as speed.


Difficulty in RC can be at two levels: The passage itself might be tough to understand (for example, psychoanalytic passages) or the questions might be tough.

As far as difficulty of passages is concerned, the difficulty level of OG compares quite well with the actual GMAT. The difficulty level of questions, on the other hand, is a bit of a moot point, because on the actual exam, the difficulty level of the questions depends upon how you are faring. Since GMAT is an adaptive exam, the difficulty level of questions (even within a RC passage) would depend upon whether you are answering the questions correctly or wrong.

Time-wise, the general advice is that the focus during initial preparation days should be on accuracy rather than speed. So, you should see if the current accuracy of 4 out of 6 increases (even if it takes a bit more time). The next focus over the course of preparation should be on reducing the time spent per question.

-------------------------------------------
Thanks,
Ashish
GMAT Faculty @ EducationAisle
GMAT - 99th Percentile, MBA - ISB
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going...
ladhanikhil
Nikhil Ladha @ladhanikhil
Posted 11 May '12
Hi Ashish, I would like to know whether the difficulty level of english section in the GMAT is same as that of OG or its difficult compared to it. Also, I get 4 ques correct out of 6 in 13-14 minutes in RC, but the time I am taking is too much. Could you please suggest some ways to increase acc...
Hi Ashish,
I would like to know whether the difficulty level of english section in the GMAT is same as that of OG or its difficult compared to it. Also, I get 4 ques correct out of 6 in 13-14 minutes in RC, but the time I am taking is too much. Could you please suggest some ways to increase accuracy as well as speed.
EducationAisle
Ashish @EducationAisle 512
Posted 07 May '12
> Excellent and congrats!! Knew you would score well. What was your overall score? Coming to RC, a couple of years back, our recommendation was to read the first and last para very intently, skim thru middle paras, create mind-map and the whole nine yards. However, it seems that the len...
Excellent and congrats!! Knew you would score well. What was your overall score?

Coming to RC, a couple of years back, our recommendation was to read the first and last para very intently, skim thru middle paras, create mind-map and the whole nine yards.

However, it seems that the length of RC passages on GMAT is decreasing by the day (though I don't recollect reading any official announcement). Basically passages are becoming dense and precise.

Now we recommend that test-takers read the entire passage twice, before starting to attempt questions. This simple advice has worked extremely well for our students over the past few months.

Reading the passage once Vs reading it twice really makes a BIG difference in understanding and is worth the extra time spent (this extra time, by the way, needs to be culled from SC or CR).

As ps25 rightly stated however, whatever works best...



Continuing with my previous post, reading the passage twice (obviously) does not take twice the time it takes to read the passage once. Typically it takes 50%-60% of the time it takes to read the passage the first time.

In fact, it is more an issue with disciplining yourself, rather than time. With the question (that you need to answer) always staring at you on the screen, the urge to read the question, as opposed to reading the passage twice, is obviously tough to curb.

But, as I had mentioned, it is definitely worth a try, especially for those who are struggling on RC.

-------------------------------------------
Thanks,
Ashish
GMAT Faculty @ EducationAisle
GMAT - 99th Percentile, MBA - ISB
acharyabbs
Acharya BBS @acharyabbs 6
Posted 07 May '12
you can use online e-books and other stuff to study there are lot of thing available to study..
you can use online e-books and other stuff to study there are lot of thing available to study..
SuccessGuru
@SuccessGuru 10
Posted 04 May '12
I agree with Ashish from @EducationAisle. Reading the RC Passage 2 times will really help. But the problem is that the reading speed of most students is quite poor. They barely are able to read the passage once. For that, I had suggested a Speed Reading technique in my earlier post. If students p...
I agree with Ashish from @EducationAisle. Reading the RC Passage 2 times will really help. But the problem is that the reading speed of most students is quite poor. They barely are able to read the passage once. For that, I had suggested a Speed Reading technique in my earlier post. If students practice that and get in a habit of reading, then they can really do well in RC.

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