How to succed at Reading Comprehension in the GMAT - by Ricardo Rodriguez-La Rosa Pratt

The most fundamental consideration when preparing for Reading Comprehension GMAT is to have healthy reading habits, that is, you need to read on a daily basis at least an hour a day. Most of the times, people do not complete the verbal section simply because they are too slow at reading. If you are the kind of person who dislikes reading, then this advice is particularly important to you. Read material outside your comfort zone, ask friends who studied careers unrelated to yours to lend you some material that they find interesting, get magazines, scientific ones that is, and give The Economist articles a try as well.

Have a strategy when you read, in other words, simply reading will not do in a question-adaptive test such as GMAT. There are several ways to approach a reading passage and you should explore several before picking the one that best suits you. Approaches that emphasize the structure and organization of ideas within a passage are usually the best ones. Additionally, a good reading strategy will help you understand the main characteristics of a passage without rereading it.

Saving time is extremely important when dealing with Reading Comprehension for the GMAT. Taking from 2 ½ (short passages) to 3 ½ minutes (long passages) will help you deal with the overall timing of the verbal section more efficiently. But, beware: Reading Comprehension is not a speed contest, and you must feel comfortable with your pace of reading, this is why developing a healthy reading habit is so important. The time appointed to questions should not exceed the 75 seconds.

Gmat is a question-adaptive test, which means that only one question at a time will be presented. However, in Reading Comprehension an initial question will always accompany each passage, and this question, together with its five choices, should be quickly read before engaging with the passage. This course of action will save you time when answering the first question (usually a general one).

Taking notes is a crucial part of Reading Comprehension GMAT. Even though most people feel that taking notes is a time-consuming, pointless activity, it is a proven fact that people who take notes do not only enhance their comprehension skills but also conduct much better processes of elimination. It is important to consider that the dry-erase pens and erasable packet provided for the test has not much use in the verbal section, except when dealing with Reading Comprehension.

Ricardo Rodriguez-La Rosa Pratt