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Hi everyone, I am really struggling with verbal reasoning section and struggle to get above 650 consistently, I once got 770 and 730 but I mostly score around 600-650. Reading comprehension questions, would you guys suggest reading the passage first and then answering the questions? I use this method but like i said it's giving me inconsistent results. Any advice, suggestion, tip, unorthodox methods you may have used is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.
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(Original post by Yallneedjesus)
Hi everyone, I am really struggling with verbal reasoning section and struggle to get above 650 consistently, I once got 770 and 730 but I mostly score around 600-650. Reading comprehension questions, would you guys suggest reading the passage first and then answering the questions? I use this method but like i said it's giving me inconsistent results. Any advice, suggestion, tip, unorthodox methods you may have used is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.
read the answers first and then scan through the text if pushed on time - probably the quickest route

but otherwise I used to read the text first (I am now a medic)
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(Original post by Yallneedjesus)
Hi everyone, I am really struggling with verbal reasoning section and struggle to get above 650 consistently, I once got 770 and 730 but I mostly score around 600-650. Reading comprehension questions, would you guys suggest reading the passage first and then answering the questions? I use this method but like i said it's giving me inconsistent results. Any advice, suggestion, tip, unorthodox methods you may have used is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.
I had a similar problem but I found a few tips that worked for me. I'll number them below.

1. Speed reading
On YouTube there's a Tim Ferris video called How to speed read, I watched that and did what he says (it takes 15-20 minutes) and helped me increase my reading speed so I can skim the text faster and save time.

2. Read the question first
If it's a reading comprehension question and there are 3 or more paragraphs, I have a VERY brief skim of the text and I always skip the last paragraph, that way if there's anything in the question I don't remember seeing, it's likely to be in the last one.

3. Eliminate the east to prove right/wrong answer options
For me, if there's an answer with a date in it, I find it easy to spot in the text and then I can quickly decide whether that's a possible answer or not. More often than not I either find the correct answer during the elimination, or I eliminate 3 which means it HAS to be the 4th answer option - if you're short of time then eliminate 1 or 2 and then guess.

4. Don't bother skimming the short texts, waste of time.
The short passages aren't worth reading, skip to the question and search for the answer instead as you'll save time doing this. Also by the time you reach question 3 or 4 on a passage, you've probably got a good idea of the whole text by now.

5. When doing a question set, if you struggle on Q1 then flag, skip and go answer the rest, but keep question 1 in mind so if you come across the answer in the next few questions quickly press ALT-P and amend your answer.

Something to note, the same tactics don't work for everyone, so trial each one and see which one works for you. I find that if I skim the text and then check the answer, I still have to go and skim the text again anyway so I only do it once.

Hope this helps
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I had a similar problem but I found a few tips that worked for me. I'll number them below.

1. Speed reading
On YouTube there's a Tim Ferris video called How to speed read, I watched that and did what he says (it takes 15-20 minutes) and helped me increase my reading speed so I can skim the text faster and save time.

2. Read the question first
If it's a reading comprehension question and there are 3 or more paragraphs, I have a VERY brief skim of the text and I always skip the last paragraph, that way if there's anything in the question I don't remember seeing, it's likely to be in the last one.

3. Eliminate the east to prove right/wrong answer options
For me, if there's an answer with a date in it, I find it easy to spot in the text and then I can quickly decide whether that's a possible answer or not. More often than not I either find the correct answer during the elimination, or I eliminate 3 which means it HAS to be the 4th answer option - if you're short of time then eliminate 1 or 2 and then guess.

4. Don't bother skimming the short texts, waste of time.
The short passages aren't worth reading, skip to the question and search for the answer instead as you'll save time doing this. Also by the time you reach question 3 or 4 on a passage, you've probably got a good idea of the whole text by now.

5. When doing a question set, if you struggle on Q1 then flag, skip and go answer the rest, but keep question 1 in mind so if you come across the answer in the next few questions quickly press ALT-P and amend your answer.

Something to note, the same tactics don't work for everyone, so trial each one and see which one works for you. I find that if I skim the text and then check the answer, I still have to go and skim the text again anyway so I only do it once.

Hope this helps
You're the MVP man, putting that much effort in helping a stranger, I salute you bro. God bless you!
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read the answers first and then scan through the text if pushed on time - probably the quickest route

but otherwise I used to read the text first (I am now a medic)
Thanks for the advice, I also read the text first because the scanning method takes more time for me weirdly enough.
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