gopens67

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Anyone know what subvocalization is? I was wondering how people read for the verbal section? Do you try and minimize subvocalization or do you keep it? I'm not sure how bad my comprehension goes down with or without subvocalizing....I would just try different methods and see how my scores do, but I only have a few weeks to practice and I want to get into a groove.
 

Omni

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I'd suggest you study/"get into the groove" with the way you are most comfortable with. Picking up on speed reading without the use for subvocalization will take many months to achieve. And by achieve, I mean being able to read 3-4 words at a time, while retaining the information from the passage at the same time.
 

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The key to VR isn't reading fast. You should aim for comprehension from one, and only one, somewhat slow (3-4 minutes per passage) reading.
This is horrible advice. You have to read fast. As fast as possible...And comprehend. The trick to scoring very well is doing both.

Subvocalization (internal voice as you read) is a natural process and there is no concrete evidence showing adverse affects on speed. You can read without subvocalizing, though, although you will always subvocalize to some extent. You should be wary of moving your lips/tongue when reading, and try to eliminate this as much as possible. Also avoid "skip back"...ie: re-reading anything.
 

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The passages take me three minutes each give or take a little (to read), and I still finished VR with 12 minutes left (didn't go back over my answers, scored a 10).
 
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You should read at a pace that you can comprehend the passage. It usually takes me about 3 mins for a verbal passage. Try making a mental note of each paragraph and what it entails; this way if a question asks specifics you can go back to the paragraph it's alluding to.
 

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I don't think I subvocalize when I'm reading for VR, but I can't remember. I bet I do when I get distrated, then try to focus on the passage again.