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Better scores on the Reading Comprehension questions on the GRE can sometimes feel elusive. There are no “formulas” for GRE Reading Comprehension, but fortunately there is a panacea in the form of some quick tips to do better GRE scores on Reading Comprehension. This will surely help you up to some extent to get over it.”READING FOR PURPOSE “sort of approach is essential to attack on reading comprehension.

Concentration on Reading-Focused Reading:

The majority of the passages you will encounter on the reading comprehension questions of the GRE will be shorter, but one or two will be longer. If you are running out of time, read the opening and closing paragraphs and skim the middle. The first and last paragraphs contain the passage’s main idea in most passages. You can go back and read body paragraphs more carefully as questions call for it.

Never Follow the Traditional Approach:

If a question asks about a particular line, don’t go back in to the passage and read just that line. It has been noticed usually student read passage and try to understand it; A good rule of thumb is to read at least 2 sentences before and after the line in question. This will give you an idea of where the point started and where the author is going with it.

Strategise Your Reading Passages:

GRE –reading required a ‘smart scientific approach’ in tackling reading passages. The GRE passages will cover a variety of subjects, from history to science to literature. Like with any question type, do the questions that are easier first and save the harder ones for last. Each question is worth the same amount, so you don’t want to waste a big chunk of time on a passage with a few questions when you could answer twice as many questions on easier passages. If science passages are confusing to you, come back to that one after you’ve completed the rest. The great thing about the GRE is that it lets you skip around within a section, so use this to your advantage.

Inculcate Patience, While Solving Comprehension:

In reading comprehension, the answer choice is your enemy. To answer a question, you want to talk through and reason out the response. Only then should you go to the answers. If you go straight to the answer choices, they are smart enough to influence your interpretation of the passage.

If we rely on this strategy, we can become victims of confirmation bias. When this happens, we are attracted to an answer choice because it “sounds good”. Then we go back to the reading passage and try to validate or confirm the answer choice based on information in the passage. In doing so, we end up looking for words or phrases instead trying to understand the large scenenerio. Or the actual meaning of the passage. Of course understanding how any particular part of the passage relates to the entire passage is a lot easier once you’ve actively read the entire passage first — always a nail in the coffin.

With reading comprehension, the test writers know that students are apt to look for words/phrases vs. overall meaning. When they write the questions, they take words that are in the relevant part of the passage. We are tempted to those words because we have just read them. The test writers, however, twist the meaning of the answer choices so those “attractive” words are used to convey a meaning that the author of the passage did not intend.


Posted by: Achievers Point. in Exam Preparation , Test preparation | Date: 27/12/2016

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