Essential GMAT Reading Comprehension Guide (2019 Edition)

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There is one common trend among all GMAT 700+ test takers - most of them get a perfect score for the Reading Comprehension section.

GMAT Reading Comprehension does not require you to comprehend every sentence.

You won’t score the perfect score if:

• You overhear what you read in your mind
• You go back to the passages unnecessarily
• You are too distracted to capture the author’s intention
• You keep staring at the timer
• You think beyond the scope of the text
• You overanalyze the author’s argument

The real secret is in note taking

Once you capture the essence of the passage, it becomes easier to eliminate out of scope answer choices.

F1GMAT’s Essential GMAT Reading Comprehension Guide will show you how.

We analyze the wrong answer choices in detail, allowing you to learn all the tricks used by test creators to distract you.

After reading F1GMAT’s Essential GMAT Reading Comprehension Guide, you will:

1. Complete GMAT RC Questions in less than 1 minute and 50 seconds
2. Read Faster
3. Take Notes Effectively
4. Collect and Interpret Facts
5. Speed up Summary Creation
6. Remember Information
7. Question the Author   
8. Learn to Answer GMAT Reading Comprehension Title question   
9. Learn to Answer GMAT Reading Comprehension Main Idea Question   

10.Learn to Answer GMAT Reading comprehension Inference question
11. Learn to Answer GMAT Reading Comprehension Detail Question   
12. Learn to Answer GMAT Reading Comprehension Purpose Question

12. Learn to Answer GMAT organization of passage Question
13. Learn to identify the style/tone or attitude of the author

Table of Contents

Collecting and Interpreting Facts: GMAT Reading Comprehension    5
Effective Note-taking for GMAT Reading Comprehension    8
5 Questions to Speed up Summary Creation    11
Mastering GMAT Reading Comprehension: 3 Best Practices    14
How to Remember Information    17
How to improve comprehension by Questioning the Author    29
How to Read Faster    38
How to Answer GMAT Reading Comprehension Title question    53
How to Answer GMAT Reading Comprehension Main Idea Question    58
How to Answer GMAT Reading comprehension inference question    64
How to Answer GMAT Reading Comprehension Purpose Question    75
How to Answer GMAT Reading Comprehension Detail Question    80
How to Answer the GMAT organization of passage Question    85
How to Improve GMAT Reading Comprehension Score?    90
Questions    95
Passage #1: Protein-Rich Diet    96
Passage #2: Pregnant Women and Stress Management    98
Passage #3: F Losing Momentum    100
Passage #4: Conservatives and Automation    102
Passage #5: Collaboration, Team size and Performance    105
Passage #6: Effective Altruism    108
Passage #7: Loneliness Epidemic    111
Passage #8: Space Exploration    114
Passage #9: Lab-Grown Meat    116
Passage #10: Minimum Wage in the US    118
Passage #11: AI and Creativity    120
Passage #12: Bias Against Healthcare in Developing Economies    122
Passage #13: Legacy Admissions    125
Passage #14: Plastic Ban and alternatives    127
Passage #15: Underestimating Homo Sapiens    129
Passage #16: Conspiracy Theories    131
Passage #17: Relative Poverty    133
Passage #18: Why Paintings are expensive    136
Passage #19: US Obesity Epidemics    138
Passage #20: The Future of Advertising    141
Passage #21: Breaking Large Companies    144
Passage #22: Helicopter Parenting    147
Passage #23: Future of Democracy    149
Passage #24: Technology and Global Citizenship    152
Passage #25: Morality and Investment    155

Answers: 157 to 294

Pages: 295

Edition: 2019

Questions: 100+

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