CAT Verbal Ability: How to make Reading Comprehension your stronghold

As reading comprehension constitutes 70% of the CAT Verbal Ability questions, it’s no rocket science to acknowledge RC as the most pivotal part of CAT exam. Most of the students are under the misleading assumption that in order to improve their Reading score they should read novels and newspapers. Preparing for the RC can be nerve-wracking as well as the biggest source of frustration for many students. key to unlocking the Reading Module section cannot be demonstrated in any best selling newspaper or bi weekly magazines . To master Reading you need to show perfection in these areas :Reading strategies and fundamental skills. While it can take dozens of hours or more to master the fundamental skills, mastering strategies, however, takes much less time. At Edufoster, the most sought after and the best institute for CAT preparation in Kolkata and in eastern India, we first help you master certain drills and approaches before you start testing your skills.
Time management plays crucial role in scoring well in this section as better managed time is directly proportional to better accuracy. One might be severely challenged for time and this is the stage where one needs to strike an ideal balance with preparation for other subjects as well. You are required to read several quality articles every day. Moreover, it will be far more rewarding if reading practice is done while going through real CAT passages. A survey shows that the most effective technique is simple practice testing official exams. Summarization and self-explanation force students to think more critically about the questions they have been asked, and practice tests deliver real timescenario students need to feel more ready for the actual test.

Question types can be the followings
1. Inference based questions
2. Specific details based questions
3. Tone, attitude of the author(factual/opinionated/analytical/narrative/critical/criticising).
4. central idea/point of the passage
5. Assumption , argument based questions

Though most passages do not hints answers explicitly , yet their data would suggest that summarization is the appropriate choice for standardized forms of questions. Instead of interrupting the flow of reading by taking notes or stopping to underline, students would be better served to finish reading and then review what happened in their own words. Summarization forces students to engage their critical thinking skills to determine the main focus of the passage; if students can accurately identify the overall argument, they will be more likely to understand how supporting details strengthen the author’s thesis.

Following are the some of the most rewarding strategies required to solve above questions

a.Improve your retaining skills: it will help you avoid reading passage or questions again and again and again.
b.Improve your skimming skills: it will help you grab only the required data , factand dump deceiving unwanted dose of data and trivial details.
c.Identify the key evidence presented by the author.
d.Identify key contrasting points; these are places where the author introduces a contrary argument.
f.Identify key elements such as conjunctions that link with the question stems

Finally, make sure you end up reading 3 to 5 quality articles every day. Focus on topics such as philosophy, sociology, psychology, history, art, culture, literature, science, technology, economy and business. As discussed above the best way to practise and master retaining skills is to keep rewriting whatever you read. You will be surprised to note the difference in your inclination ,grasping efficiency and accuracy if you keep it up for few weeks. Most importantly, even those passages which seemed boring and useless earlier will draw your attention and your success rate will amaze you.


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