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In “#1 GMAT Reading Comprehension Trick: How to Avoid Trap Answers”, Erika John from PrepScholar GMAT explains the best way to avoid getting stuck in wrong answer traps on Reading Comprehension GMAT questions.
Wrong answer choices on Reading Comprehension GMAT questions are designed to include words, phrases, and ideas from the passage. This means that many wrong answer choices look right, since we can find “evidence” for them in the text. We can only successfully eliminate the answer if we are careful to read and understand the context of the related portion of the passage, which is 1) easy to mess up and 2) tremendously time consuming.
To bypass these wrong answer traps altogether, we can use one of the most valuable GMAT Reading Comprehension tips: make a prediction before looking at the answer choices. This means that before we start eliminating answer choices, we should spend time attempting to answer the question in our own words based on information from the passage. If we make a solid prediction, the correct answer choice will often be immediately apparent, as it will match our prediction perfectly. In the case that the correct answer isn’t immediately obvious, we’ll still be able to eliminate most (if not all) of the wrong answer traps for not matching our prediction, increasing our accuracy and saving us time.
Used in conjunction with the GMAT Reading Comprehension tips from our GMAT Reading Comprehension Question Types video (check it out here if you haven’t already: https://youtu.be/U5Sl4PxW7Tw ), making predictions can transform your performance on the Reading Comprehension section. Making predictions is also a valuable strategy on the Critical Reasoning section, where wrong answers are often closely related to the wrong part of the passage.
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