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pineappletree

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Since I've been attempting the verbal problems on the computer, I've found it really hard to adjust. Reading on the screen is a whole other ball park for me, it completely neutralizes my ability to speed read. With the paper test, I just get a feel for the passages. It sounds weird I know, but combing through the words with my fingers helps me internalize the passages much better than a computer screen. I've been trying to do so, but I think the longer width of the columns is making it more difficult for me to efficiently move through the passages at the speed that I want.


Did anyone else experiencing this? How did you get through this?
 

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Since I've been attempting the verbal problems on the computer, I've found it really hard to adjust. Reading on the screen is a whole other ball park for me, it completely neutralizes my ability to speed read. With the paper test, I just get a feel for the passages. It sounds weird I know, but combing through the words with my fingers helps me internalize the passages much better than a computer screen. I've been trying to do so, but I think the longer width of the columns is making it more difficult for me to efficiently move through the passages at the speed that I want.


Did anyone else experiencing this? How did you get through this?


well once you get through 2-3 tests you should be alright. Don't underestimate that the width of the passage makes it seems short.
 

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Since I've been attempting the verbal problems on the computer, I've found it really hard to adjust. Reading on the screen is a whole other ball park for me, it completely neutralizes my ability to speed read. With the paper test, I just get a feel for the passages. It sounds weird I know, but combing through the words with my fingers helps me internalize the passages much better than a computer screen. I've been trying to do so, but I think the longer width of the columns is making it more difficult for me to efficiently move through the passages at the speed that I want.


Did anyone else experiencing this? How did you get through this?

You should be able to resize the text window. I put I finger on the screen and use it to guide my eyes. I hope they dont mind me doing it during the test!
 

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I asked several times here if I could resize the columns on the real test
Every time I was told that I couldn't~
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It's a shame. Resizing on the practice tests allow me to read twice as fast...


The thing about me is that I don't speed read side-to-side, I read down from line-to-line. So the wider the column is, the more difficult it is for me to read. The column width on the computer pretty much make it impossible for me to do this~
 

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Yeah, you can't resize the actual test windows. (At least not where I took it, or probably at any Pro-metric site.) Someone more tech-savvy can probably chime in, but it seems like rather than using a secure unix-based OS to run the tests they have a lobotomized Windows setup with an always-maximized window for the test screen. (The thinking being, I guess, that if you can't minimize or resize the window you can't get at the guts of the OS and hack the test. Seems kinda iffy to me, but what do I know?)
Other than that it's basically identical to the practice tests, though. And yes, super wide columns suck.
 

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Just practice is all you can really do. Read internet articles too so you can get accustomed to reading in a wider format.
 
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