Latest Facts about GMAT Reading Comprehension Revealed

Published: 09th August 2010
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GMAT Reading Comprehension is a section that really makes up the score. Reading Comprehension is one that section that slows down the speed during the test but can really make up or drop down the score quite drastically. In other words Reading Comprehension test many skill including testing your comprehension power. Let's see what Reading Comprehension test in realty:-

Word Meaning Skills:

Reading Comprehension always test you word Meaning skills. This is important and should not be taken lightly. One fact of GMAT is that it is a test of ENGLISH and playing with the meaning with the WORDS come under it. Now you must be thinking that GMAT would be using difficult words to judge your understanding but you are WRONG. GMAT always uses commonly used words. Words that change meaning according to its use. Mostly it is used in asking Questions. That's why every tutorial says that you should read the question very carefully.

GMAT Famous SIX questions:

MAIN IDEA: Occasionally the main idea is located in the first sentence of the first paragraph. Mostly the main idea is located in the last sentence of the first paragraph. Main idea is easy to locate but the difficulty is to find the right answer in GMAT choices. GMAT usually provides answer choices that are right but are either overstated or understated. Be careful that you pick the write choice. Correct answer choice is neither too broad not too narrow.

Description Question: These Question mainly information bases and not deals with authors main point of view. The answer to these question is directly stated in the passage but be careful with the SAME LANGUAGE trap. Use the implicit meaning of the statement and not literal meaning of the statement. While answering the question you should refer to the passage every time and not really on your memory. Your answer should not only refer directly to the passage statement but also to the correct statement and in the correct part of the passage. Wrong choices are always temping and can be easily be located in the passage. But main thing to notice here is weather the choice is pointing to the correct part of the passage. If question refers to line No 20 than the answer can be found anywhere between line15 to 25. Read couple of line before and after to make sure you have the right choice.

Extension / Assumption Questions: These questions are most common in the GMAT exam and are very are to crack unless you apply your mind and these guidelines. Assumption question want you to go beyond the state of passage but not too far. Here you have to draw the inference what the author want to say, this needs good concentration and understanding of the passage. Now as these question wants you to go beyond the state of passage, you can make out that the choices that directly refer to the passage are wrong or state the same language from the passage are wrong. This is the famous trap that GMAT uses in his examination. Person can hit wrong choices if he has not understood the passage or the question. A correct choice is a choice that does not go much beyond the state of the passage of under state the passage.

Application Questions: How application questions are different from the Extension based questions. Extension bases question ask you to learn the passage and apply the information in the same subject but application based question goes one step further and as the user to apply the information on the other hypostatical situation. To correctly answer these question ask yourself what I am arguing for? What might make my argument stronger? what might make it weaker?

Tone Questions: These questions are few in number but carry huge weight in the GMAT Examination. In these question you have to find out the author attitude or prospective. Is the author feeling positive, negative or neutral toward the subject? You can find out the answer if the author has provided any opinion on the subject matter. These questions are best answered without referring back to the passage or choices. Makeup your mind before you read the answer choices. Another way to find the attitude of the author would be if he agree with the view of the passage or criticize the passage view. This gives you the idea of the author tone or attitude.

Look for the Pivotal Words: What is Pivotal Words? Pivotal Words are those words that suddenly change the direction the passage is going. Let see some examples.

5.In contrast
10.Even though
How these words are important. These words not only changes the direction of the passage but also strengthens or weakens the author argument. These words cab make U turn and introduce a new argument that can change direction the concept of the passage is moving. Rarely do the GMAT writers let a pivotal word pass without drawing a question from its sentence


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