Strategies for Reading Comprehension Questions in GMAT

The Reading Comprehension questions in GMAT can pose a challenge for some test takers. However, the best part about this question type is that all the answers are contained in the passage itself. With good amount of practice, you can tackle reading comprehension very effectively.

In the GMAT, you will typically see three short passages (about 250 words) and one long passage (about 350 words). Approximately one-third of the GMAT verbal section is composed of reading comprehension questions.

We offer you some strategies for reading comprehension questions in GMAT:

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Get used to reading:

The GMAT sometimes presents dense, heavy passages for reading. Make sure that you read a lot of non-fiction books and magazines to get used to reading and analyzing this kind of text.

Read the passage well:

Many test takers jump straight to the questions and then search answers in the paragraph. This is a time-consuming method. It is a good idea to read the passage thoroughly first. Not only will it give you a better understanding of the idea, it will also save valuable time.

Understand the primary idea:

Identify the key idea behind the passage. Examine the main idea, the purpose of the author, the structure and other such details.

Context is important:

When tackling questions from this section, pay due attention to the context. Check the referenced lines and a few lines before and after it. It will help you choose your answer correctly.

Stick to the passage:

Even if you know the subject matter, do not bring your own thoughts to the table. The answers can be inferred from the passage. Stick to the passage when looking for answers.

Make notes:

This is a strategy often overlooked by students. You can make notes while you read and summarize the paragraphs quickly, if needed. This strategy is more useful for long passages where test takers tend to get lost between paragraphs. 

Stay focused:

The dry, abstract passages can be a little daunting to deal with. Make sure that you are focused on the task. If you find your attention wavering, look away from the passage, breathe deeply and attack the passage again.

Attempt a few RC questions.

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