Cracking the CAT Verbal Section

Dushyant Vanaik updated on : 07 Jul 2017

Getting good scores in the CAT verbal ability section is not that hard. Read further to know more.

Cracking the CAT Verbal Section

One of the major challenges that the aspirants of the Common Admission Test (CAT) have to overcome is cracking the verbal section. Since most of the top business schools use sectional cut-offs, it is very important to get a high score in the verbal section. If a student scores good marks in two sections but scores low in the third section, then it will negatively impact his or her performance. The all-round skills of a candidate are they key for top organisations during placements.

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The verbal ability section checks a student's comprehension and reading skills in English. The basic ability of a student to go through a range of reading material is tested in this section. Ideally, one should spend about 80% of their English preparation time on reading comprehensions on philosophy, sciences, spirituality, humanities, social sciences, religion etc. Memorising the rules of grammar and mugging up words will be very helpful at this stage. The 20% of the time left can be spent on these activities. Practising and solving previous years' questions papers will help students boost their skills.

Students should take mock tests on a regular basis. Practising mock tests will improve a student’s physical and mental stamina to tackle tough questions and situations. Taking mock tests with various types of patterns and difficulty levels are important since the CAT exam pattern is unpredictable. Another important aspect is the analysis of the mock tests. Students can improvise on their weaknesses and build upon their strengths. The strength areas must be practised more often since students have a higher probability of scoring in these areas. Students should opt for sectional tests to improve their speed, strengthen their weaknesses and make sure that they don't make silly mistakes.

During the examination, students must allocate time to the two sub-sections of verbal ability and reading comprehension. They must read the questions in the time allotted, marking questions they know and leaving the ones they are not sure of. While reading the comprehensions, students should devote time to scan the passages and questions and choose the passages with easier questions (the passage need not be easy, but the marks are for the questions and not reading the passage). One should not waste time on difficult questions in a passage. They can leave them and check for other questions where they can score well.

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