How To Crack CAT Verbal With Your Prep

If you aspire to do your management studies from the IIMs then you will probably have to score 95+ percentile in your CAT. Needless to say, with a score of 90+ percentile you can aspire to get admitted to some of the top tier management institutes in the country.

Now that you have ascertained your goals based on CAT scores cutoff, you need to figure out how you can go about scoring well in different sections. Last year, the duration of CAT was increased to 180 minutes. But you couldn’t switch sections in case you completed one of them before time.

Understanding the scoring system

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CAT 2015 had 34 Quantitative Ability, and Verbal And Reading Comprehension questions each, and 32 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning questions. In this article we will focus on the Verbal section, a tripping block for many candidates.

But before we get into that, you also need to know that you score +3 marks for every right answer. There are no negative marks for non multiple-choice questions but you will get a definite -1 for an incorrect answer in MCQ. Think, beware, analyze, choose and then proceed!

Prepping for Verbal Section carefully

There are three important elements of Verbal Skill Development – Reading, Vocabulary and Grammar. We will look at each one of them and help you with some secret recipes:

Reading

  • Reading newspaper columns and articles will go a long way in helping you prepare for this section. But you have to understand that these articles aren’t written keeping a CAT aspirant in mind. Hence it’s best to go through articles in different papers for a wider selection.
  • You can also get a lot of confidence by reading books. You don’t have to stick to the classics that can be tedious. Some of the pop fiction and non-fiction books can also do the trick for you.

Vocabulary

  • Reading will naturally help you with your Vocabulary as well. Picking up the dictionary and learning new words every day is also a good idea. You can refer to a book like “Word Power Made Easy” too.
  • There are different Online Tools including free flashcards that you can get your hands on. Once you feel fairly comfortable with your vocabulary skills, you can look at testing tools as well.

Grammar

  • Here’s where the book you put away in school, “Wren and Martin” will come handy. Never imagined that before, did you? For your CAT verbal prep, you need to focus on Parts Of Speech section.
  • Keep practicing and doing your exercises to gain in confidence. You will find online exercises that will help you immensely too.

By following these tips you can do your best to crack CAT verbal section.

If you aspire to do your management studies from the IIMs then you will probably have to score 95+ percentile in your CAT. Needless to say, with a score of 90+ percentile you can aspire to get admitted to some of the top tier management institutes in the country.

Now that you have ascertained your goals based on CAT scores cutoff, you need to figure out how you can go about scoring well in different sections. Last year, the duration of CAT was increased to 180 minutes. But you couldn’t switch sections in case you completed one of them before time.

Understanding the scoring system

CAT 2015 had 34 Quantitative Ability, and Verbal And Reading Comprehension questions each, and 32 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning questions. In this article we will focus on the Verbal section, a tripping block for many candidates.

But before we get into that, you also need to know that you score +3 marks for every right answer. There are no negative marks for non multiple-choice questions but you will get a definite -1 for an incorrect answer in MCQ. Think, beware, analyze, choose and then proceed!

Prepping for Verbal Section carefully

There are three important elements of Verbal Skill Development – Reading, Vocabulary and Grammar. We will look at each one of them and help you with some secret recipes:

Reading

  • Reading newspaper columns and articles will go a long way in helping you prepare for this section. But you have to understand that these articles aren’t written keeping a CAT aspirant in mind. Hence it’s best to go through articles in different papers for a wider selection.
  • You can also get a lot of confidence by reading books. You don’t have to stick to the classics that can be tedious. Some of the pop fiction and non-fiction books can also do the trick for you.

Vocabulary

  • Reading will naturally help you with your Vocabulary as well. Picking up the dictionary and learning new words every day is also a good idea. You can refer to a book like “Word Power Made Easy” too.
  • There are different Online Tools including free flashcards that you can get your hands on. Once you feel fairly comfortable with your vocabulary skills, you can look at testing tools as well.

Grammar

  • Here’s where the book you put away in school, “Wren and Martin” will come handy. Never imagined that before, did you? For your CAT verbal prep, you need to focus on Parts Of Speech section.
  • Keep practicing and doing your exercises to gain in confidence. You will find online exercises that will help you immensely too.

By following these tips you can do your best to ace CAT verbal section.

 

 

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