The GRE Official Guide is the first step in preparing for GRE reading Comprehension. Make sure that you are in a position to answer every question in the RC section of the OG before you venture to other books. Apart from this, read. Read, Read, Read. Reading will help you to learn new words, familiarize yourself with different passage structures, forms and styles used by authors.
But before you launch into a reading marathon, know what to read. It is of no use if you are going to read anything where the quality is not up to the mark. Read scholarly articles, research articles, well-articulated political passages, social passages from quality publications. You can subscribe to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, National Geographic, The Economist, MIT Technology Review etc. you can spend hours reading the archives of these publications. You will find that your vocabulary becomes better and you will also find that your reading curiosity is piqued. A diverse variety of articles from these places can help you become familiar with several topics you weren’t aware of.
People also recommend Norman Lewis’ How to Read Better and Faster. It gives you an idea of how to tackle passages from an exam point of view. It gives you some pointers on accurate mental layout of the passage and the importance of taking quick notes in a scratchpad. It helps you pick keywords and get the whole picture of the passage instead of focusing on every individual word. Regular reading and help books on RC can tell you how to read a passage and where to find data from which you can puzzle put the answer.
Most data that is relevant to the questions is from the introduction and conclusion. So, almost every book that deals with RC will tell you to understand the first and last paragraphs of the given passage. You will also have to keep your eyes peeled for certain constructs that have ample scope for questions. Examples within the passage help you understand the concept deeply. And all this has to happen within the stipulated time. So, speed is paramount. Regular reading gives us that edge, to read a passage within minimal time. That is why reading the aforementioned publications or some similar work can help you with GRE RC.
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