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unhelpful details = time killer, I NEED HELP!

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unhelpful details = time killer, I NEED HELP!

Post Sat Jul 05, 2008 5:50 pm
It is very a simple problem but it is a killer on a timed test like the GMAT.

The problem is that I take long time to rephrase the main points in a passage, that's because I keep writing extra unhelpful details .

Some times, long passages take 12 to 14 minutes from me. I know I can't do this on the real test and I need to fix this problem ASAP.

1-how can I avoied this mistake ?

2-What are the Key words that I should look for it inorder to write down the important information?

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Generally speaking, if it's a shorter passage (you don't have to scroll on the real test or <40 lines in OG), about 2-3 minutes (ideally closer to 2, but it can edge up to 3 if it's an especially complicated passage). For long passages (you do have to scroll on the real test or >40 lines in OG), about 3 minutes (can edge up a little bit if especially long and complicated, but don't go over 4).

Not much time, in other words. Don't learn all that detail on the first read-through, and you'll have plenty of time. Smile

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Thank you Stacey.
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Generally speaking, if it's a shorter passage (you don't have to scroll on the real test or <40 lines in OG), about 2-3 minutes (ideally closer to 2, but it can edge up to 3 if it's an especially complicated passage). For long passages (you do have to scroll on the real test or >40 lines in OG), about 3 minutes (can edge up a little bit if especially long and complicated, but don't go over 4).

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Post Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:43 pm
I'm starting to get a good grip at this kind of questions but I don't know how long should I take reading the passage.

Can somebody tell me. THANKS

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Post Tue Jul 22, 2008 5:50 pm
Don't look for key words...

Instead look for commas....

Adverbial phrases and contrasting conjunctions are offset by commas.

To understand the flow of the passage you need to read the entire phrase that has been offset not just a key word. Plus you don't want to have to remember key words it is added stress.

So just find a commas and you will find the important ideas.

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