How To Crack Verbal?Anisha Mukhija
How to crack Verbal?
If Verbal is not your section then don’t worry. Read this article to know about the strategy to crack Verbal in MBA exams.
Start reading Newspapers like Times of India and The Hindu daily. It will help to improve your Verbal skills and comprehension abilities. Read Novels to increase your vocab and comprehensive skills.
Verbal Ability & RCs
The Verbal sections is divided into two major parts; Reading Comprehension and English Usage. The RC has good weightage so, this can make or break your scores in the verbal section. Vocabulary is very important since if your vocab is not strong, you would fail to quickly answer some of the easy questions.
Before starting the preparation students should understand well in advance the number of questions which will be asked from each topic. The most important topic in Verbal section is Reading Comprehension, in the last two years of CAT exam the number of questions were 24. From this student should understand that RC is the topic where they need to focus more. The study plan of a student should have daily reading comprehension practice. Here is the tip to excel the Reading Comprehension; start solving only 1 RC a day till the exam. The daily practice of RC will help you to increase your accuracy day by day.
A good reader will always have a good understanding of different topics. Here we don’t need any particular knowledge about a topic but understanding and analyzing what the passage is all about.
Major topic related are from these categories:
- Natural science
- Social science
Vocabs are important for your RC as well as there are simple vocabulary questions in Exam like NMAT. Vocabulary cannot be memorized. But a word needs to be learned with its root so that if there is another word with the same root, it will be easier for student to identify the meaning of it. In this way of learning vocabulary does not require memorizing and mugging up the words and their meaning. Learn Vocabulary by music videos.
Mnemonics can be helpful in your vocab preparation. Learn Mnemonics Online
Don’t underestimate Critical Reasoning
One should understand the topic by its name. Critical Reasoning, as name says is critical and requires its own set of rules and strategies to solve. Students often make this mistake of using their own knowledge instead of using rules while solving CR questions. The topic is critical but can be understood well when its rules are kept in mind. Students while solving CR questions should not use any extra knowledge which is not mentioned in the passage. They need to make sure that they use the rule called ADNL – Apna Dimag nahi lagana (Don’t use your brain/knowledge) use the passage information to solve the questions.
Funda no 4
CATKing students must be well versed with the Funda no 4. Using Funda no 4 is very important for any kind of questions of verbal in CAT. The funda no 4 is among the most important fundas of cracking CAT verbal available in CATKing Verbal book. It is about the signal words which connects or give a direction to the sentences. For example: Additionally, moreover, in addition to, however, etc. These are those signal words which you will definitely see in RCs while practicing as well as in the CAT exam. Funda no 4 is also very important for solving Para jumble to find out links between the sentences.
Some important topics apart from the RC and vocab are:
- Para Completion
- Para Jumble
- Sentence Correction
- Verbal Reasoning
Tips: You can start with easy RC and slowly increase the level of it; ideally it will be good if you can practice more than 100 RC before your actual CAT.