Mathematical Approach to Solve the Reading Comprehension


Solve RC with Mathematical Approach

GMAT exam consist a distinct section for English, widely popular as verbal reasoning. The verbal section is hardcore grammar; to solve this you need very minute grammar skill to excel in this section.  It is one of the most important sections in the GMAT exam. There are mostly 41 questions in verbal section and out of it 15-16 questions are from reading comprehension abbreviated as RC. The entire verbal section time spans to 75 minutes, so one minute 50 seconds you need to answer all these 41 questions.

Byjus, recommends to start from the base to form a strong building. Holistically, it is very difficult to reconcile all the tips and techniques, so we give you a mathematical approach to solve the questions in reading comprehension. As reading comprehension, is considered to be the most time-consuming section in the entire GMAT exam. It creates a lot of pressure on the examinee to go through the complete RC of 300-400 words article. Unlike in mathematics the answers are lie either in black or white means answer is wrong or right. But in this part, it grounds in grey and it is difficult to assume the answer after reading the first three lines or the first paragraph. Like what the author intended to mean through this passage. It’s a complex job to answer all these sorts of questions without reading the unseen passage in GMAT.

Tips for solving Reading comprehension in GMAT

  1. Reading Principles:

Follow the Pareto principle also known as the 80/20 rules which the 80 percent of the effect comes from the 20 percent work done. To apply in this rule while reading comprehension you must catch the keywords like that, but, therefore, since, hence etc. accordingly after these keywords the most significant sentence comes out.

Let’s illustrate

Shyam told Ram that Sita is very beautiful.

Here the keyword is ‘that’. And the most important sect of the sentence is ‘ Sita is beautiful’ likewise grasp  the keywords and reduce the time for reading comprehension.

Another example: Ravan, who was a great king, died of swine flu.

Important aspect of this sentence is Ravan has died of swine flu. While ‘who was a great king’ is a relative clause or you can say additional info. Relative clause generally starts with ‘who’, ‘where’, ‘why’, ‘what’, ’which’ and ‘when’.

  1. Reading Comprehension Shortcuts:
  • Follow the sentence after ‘that’
  • Ignore relative clause
  • Do not focus on negative connotation.
  • Remember the main points in RC lie in
  • First line in first Para
  • Last line in first Para
  • First line in last Para
  • Last line in last Para
  • Clutch the structure words like However.

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