Learnist Board of the Week: Destroy GMAT Reading Comp (once and for all)

Check out this new Learnboard with a step by step guide to conquering RC once and for all!

Step 1 — To start, here’s the mandatory books you’ll need to get:

  • GMAT Official Guide – 13th edition
  • GMAT Official Guide – Verbal review, 2nd edition

You’ll want to know the RC questions in this book backwards, forwards, and upside down.

Other books with lots of passages to practice:

  • Veritas Prep – Reading Comprehension Guide
  • Manhattan GMAT – RC Strategy Guide
  • Artistotle Prep – RC Grail

Step 2 — Read The Economist, or other high-quality publications!

The Economist is a weekly newspaper focusing on international politics and business news. Not only is its subject-matter right up GMAT’s alley, but its written in a more advanced vernacular than your average newspaper — a level matched by the GMAT RC.

As you read these articles, do the following:

  • Circle the topic
  • Underline any transition words
  • Write down the purpose of each paragraph
  • Write down the author’s point of view in your own words
  • Write down the Main Idea in your own words

Do all of this to build your RC skills — ALWAYS read with a pen in your hand, and always ask the million dollar question, “Why is the author saying this?”

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For Steps 3 through 7, check out How to Destory GMAT Reading Comp (once and for all)!


Dealing with Detail Questions on GMAT Reading Comp

Supporting idea questions ask about details directly stated in the passage. You can identify them because they will refer to only one part of the passage (and usually give line numbers). This is a common RC question-type on the GMAT!

One of the first places you should look for official GMAT information is in the Official Guide made by GMAC. On p. 360 it provides a brief intro on Supporting Ideas questions. The takeaway: these questions ask for the main point of a small portion of the passage!

Learning #7 on this Learnboard is a great example of how a relatively easy question can be disguised with unfamiliar vocabulary and harder scientific topics. Don’t let words and phrases like “quantum computers” and “electron charges” throw you — just go back to the passage!