Reading Comprehension questions test one of the softest skills on the GMAT. Answering an RC question is not about formulas or grammar rules, it's about your ability of understanding mostly difficult texts on possibly unfamiliar topics. This is why most GMAT test takers find it hard to improve this area, since a person's reading abilities develop over years and years of exposure to material in English. That being said, the Veritas Prep Reading Comprehension book is designed to help you strengthen the specific skills required by GMAT RC. As such, it presents itself as an alternative to the Manhattan RC guide and general verbal strategy books (such as the Kaplan Verbal Workbook and the PowerScore Verbal Bible).
Of the verbal strategy guides that I have reviewed so far, the Veritas Prep RC book contains the most practice: 96 questions grouped in 23 passages on a variety of topics. The focus on practice is underlined when reading the theoretical review of the book, which is fairly condensed compared to most guides. This is why if it's practice you're looking for, the Veritas Prep RC book is definitely worth checking out. However, if you are in need of a deeper theoretical review, then you might want to consider other options as well.
- 96 realistic Reading Comprehension questions in 23 passages is probably the most practice you'll find in a mainstream GMAT book apart from the Official Guides. The book caters specifically to students interested in extra questions.
- The authors reinforce the idea of reading in your leisure time as means to improve your general reading skills. They also present some interesting tips on reading critically.
- A nice presentation of connectors (including a list of examples), words that help you grasp the organization of a passage - I personally keep track of connectors when doing RC, it's one of my favorite strategies.
- You'll see quite a few difficult science passages. Since most students complain about such texts, you'll find them useful as advanced practice.
- The theoretical part of this book would benefit from a few extensions. For instance, while I did like the list of connectors, there were no examples on words that suggest the author's tone. The different question types also deserved a more thorough analysis - just a few paragraphs are not enough.
- Some of the explanations for answer choices are not as detailed as I'd like. While the authors do indeed tackle each answer (not only the correct one), at times it seems they should have been more generous with their explanations.
The Veritas Prep Reading Comprehension book gets four out of five stars. While it's a good resource for practice, it could be improved by the addition of a more detailed conceptual review. Overall though it's definitely a book to consider if you're interested in more practice on Reading Comprehension.
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