The Common Admission Test (CAT) is considered one of the toughest entrance examinations conducted in the country and cracking it is not a cakewalk. The exam paper is divided into three section;
- Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
- Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
- Quantitative Ability.
The Verbal Ability section of CAT carries 102 marks and students have always struggled to prepare for this section. The candidates have to score well in the VA section if they are to harbor any hopes of cracking the examination. The first mistake that students often commit is preparing for the Verbal Ability section as they would prepare for the quantitative section. The following points will help you in preparing for the Verbal Ability section and will help you score well in it:
The first step towards preparing for the Verbal Ability section in CAT is to develop a sense of interest towards the language. A language comprises of several rules and its own share of technicalities and requires consistent and undeviating effort on the candidate’s part. The task of scoring well in the Verbal Ability section becomes easier and simple if the candidate develops an interest in learning the language and mastering it.
Read! Read! Read!
The best way to master a language is to read more of it. The more and more you read you will develop a sense of longingness towards the language and will be well equipped to deal with questions that are related to the language. You will come across new words, phrases, idioms and other things as you keep reading and you will ace the Verbal Ability section of CAT with ease.
Increasing your vocabulary is a basic requirement when it comes to acing the Verbal Ability section in CAT. You should equip yourself with a wide array of words as the VA section and its questions revolve around words. There are immense sources of increasing your vocabulary and some of them include magazines, newspapers, thesaurus, dictionaries and so on.
Covering Specific Areas
Covering all the areas of language learning for the purpose of doing well in the entrance examination might not be possible. One should look forward to the key areas of language which will help you ace the Verbal Ability section.
The key areas comprise of basic grammar, synonyms, antonyms, idioms, word meanings, prepositions, adjectives, adverbs, articles and so on. Such an approach of learning the language can help those candidates who are looking to brush up their existing knowledge and for those students who do not have enough time to master the language.
Practice makes a man perfect! Practicing regularly and implementing what you learn is important if you want to ace the Verbal Ability section. Without regular practice learning the rules of grammar or learning and memorizing new words won’t be of much help. It will not be possible to memorize new words for longer time periods if you do not use them in regular conversations and it’s a word will slip to the passive vocabulary in a quiet manner.
Similarly, the rules of grammar will slip out of your mind if you do not use it regularly and hence it is advised to make it a part of your regular conversations.