Short and Effective Summary of Tips for CAT Reading Comprehensions
This is a short and effective post that explains how to deal with RCs and different question types. In this article, I will not be explaining anything in detail but going through a shot summary of things you should be doing at this stage. Let’s get started then.
Prep Tips: List of things to do
This is a simple checklist of things you should be doing. In case you are not doing this, there is gap in your prep.
- Solve at least 2 to 3 Reading Comprehensions a day
- Make sure you read quality articles (from different areas) for at least 30 minutes a day. You need to sneak out time for this any which way possible.
- Solve all previous year CAT Reading Comprehensions. This is still the best way to prepare for the RCs.
- Take stress tests for RCs. What does this mean? Well, this means that you appear for timed tests for RCs, say solve 5 passages in 35 minutes. Your normal speed of solving might be only 3 passages in 35 minutes. This is where stress tests come in: challenge yourself to complete 5 passages in this duration. This will train your mind to focus and not to dither while solving passages.
Tricks to keep in mind while solving the Passage: List of things to do
- Learn to make quick mental notes while solving. Wordpandit has put up an article for the same.
- Look for inflection of thought for authors (probable source of inferences). Whenever an author changes his viewpoints or introduces varying opinions, it becomes a probable source for questions. Be on the lookout for such changes.
- Learn to eliminate options. In Verbal Ability, we have a terrible habit of selecting the right answer option. What this does is that it makes us ignore the other options. What you should actually be doing is eliminating the incorrect answer choices. You should try to logically reason why 3 out of the 4 options are incorrect. Once you do this, you increase your accuracy. This is a tip which is valid
- Search for general ideas and purpose of the author of the passage. Always keep asking yourself: why has the author written this. This would help you solve a variety of problems (for example: main idea and primary purpose of the author/passage, tone of the author, what does the author agree/disagree with).
The above forms a quick check list of things you can take up for reading comprehensions. Make sure you understand the above tips and make them a part of your reading comprehension preparation