If you want to do well in your CAT and score over 95% to get a foot into the door at the IIMs then you have to do every section of the tests. The section of Reading Comprehension in CAT has been the tripping block for many test takers.
To begin with, you have to understand that you will encounter two or three Reading Comprehension passages in your test. There are four to five questions for every passage, and you can do the math to know how quickly these points add up.
The fallacies about Reading Comprehension In CAT and the truth behind them
There are many test takers who don’t even bother attempting the questions in the section because of the myths they have heard of from friends or self-proclaimed experts. They believe trying to solve these questions could be a waste of time, but that’s not the case at all.
When you break down these myths about Reading Comprehension section you will realize that getting the right answers is not as tricky as you might think. You can even convert your weak link into your forte. But before that, let’s look at these common myths.
- You have to find author’s exact meaning – It’s not at all necessary to try and get to the meaning of what the author intended in the passage. Remember authors are critiqued based on reviewers’ own perceptions, attitude and understanding. There’s no reason why it shouldn’t be the same for you.
- You cannot omit any sentence – In fact, there are experts who have proven that you can leave certain sentences without altering the meaning of the passage. You can condense the passage into a much shorter one to save yourself time and answer questions easily. You shouldn’t worry too much about negative connotations either.
- You have to read inferentially – If you keep reading every sentence and drawing inferences from it, you will pick up on messages that are not intended in the passage. You can indeed try to keep the summary of the passage at the back of your mind but it’s also important to focus on the main aspects of the sentences, which offer crucial information.
- You need strong vocabulary – Of course, a good vocabulary helps but it isn’t essential to attempt questions in the section and get them right. If you feel stuck with a word, you can try and figure out its meaning with the help of the context. In condensed comprehensions you will be able to get the meaning quickly.
- You can’t use mathematical approach – Actually, just the opposite is true. For Math questions you understand them, then apply the formula and arrive at the answer so you can make the right choice. You can do just that with the Reading Comprehension section and tackle the questions confidently.
Busting these Reading Comprehension myths can help you get over the fear of this section.
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