Crack­ing it ver­bally

With the CAT just around the cor­ner, here are some ba­sic prepa­ra­tion tips

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With the In­dian In­sti­tutes of Man­age­ment’s CAT just around the cor­ner, you can base your fi­nal ver­bal prepa­ra­tion on two ba­sic premises:

An ac­cu­racy of 75% is good (re­ally good in fact!)

It is al­ways more the mer­rier; so, try and solve all the ques­tions. CAT has tra­di­tion­ally been a Read­ing Com­pre­hen­sion (RC)-cen­tric pa­per. Hence, this the piv­otal area for en­sur­ing suc­cess in the ver­bal por­tion. The num­ber of pas­sages varies from three to four, with three or four ques­tions per pas­sage. There are a few crit­i­cal fac­tors in RC prepa­ra­tion. Here are some tips:

Ide­ally, don’t take more than eight to ten min­utes per pas­sage and en­sure that all pas­sages are looked at with the additional rider that all ver­bal abil­ity and rea­son­ing ques­tions have to be at­tempted.

The key to prepa­ra­tion is read­ing on di­verse top­ics. Var­i­ous web­sites like www.mag­por­ give theme-based ar­ti­cles to read and will help build up your reper­toire.

Tar­get all di­rect ques­tions fol­lowed by par­tially in­fer­en­tial ques­tions. Ques­tions with the ‘ex­cept’ clause or with lengthy an­swer choices should be avoided as they tend to be quite dif­fi­cult.

Ver­bal abil­ity

This sec­tion in­cludes gram­mar and word-based ques­tions. For gram­mar-based ques­tions, form a tem­plate for com­mon ar­eas such as nouns, verbs (tenses), prepo­si­tions, ar­ti­cles, etc.

In the case of word-based ques­tions, spend 30 min­utes reg­u­larly on go­ing through a list of the most com­mon­lymis­used words such as ho­mo­phones. The root-pre­fix-suf­fix method for word learn­ing can help solve the ‘fill in the blank’ ques­tions.

Ver­bal rea­son­ing

This in­cludes para­jum­bles and para­graph com­ple­tion ques­tions. Here’s what will help:

Iden­tify the in­tro­duc­tory state­ment, which will give you a gist of the para­graph.

Then iden­tify links that will con­nect the two sen­tences. These con­nec­tives can be con­junc­tions (but, and, etc) or can be con­tent con­nec­tives like cause–ef­fect, generic to spe­cific, etc.

Crit­i­cal rea­son­ing

This year’s CAT is likely to have ques­tions from the crit­i­cal rea­son­ing sec­tion. These are ques­tions which typ­i­cally ap­pear in the Grad­u­ate Man­age­ment Ad­mis­sion Test (GMAT) and have also been asked in­ter­mit­tently in the CAT. These in­volve:

Strength­en­ing and weak­en­ing an ar­gu­ment

Iden­ti­fy­ing flaws in the ar­gu­ment Iden­ti­fy­ing log­i­cal fal­la­cies There are no short­cuts to learn­ing a lan­guage and prac­tice is the key to suc­cess. Spend at least an hour on reg­u­lar read­ing and 30 min­utes solv­ing pas­sages from var­i­ous online sources. The same is ap­pli­ca­ble to vo­cab­u­lary and rea­son­ing­based ques­tions.

While solv­ing prob­lems, give pri­or­ity to the time al­lo­cated to the ver­bal and RC ar­eas. If there are an equal num­ber of RC and ver­bal ques­tions, then the rule of thumb is to al­lo­cate time in the ra­tio of 2:1 (if you al­lo­cate 30 min­utes for RC, then keep 15 for ver­bal).

Read up on di­verse top­ics, go to www.mag­por­ for tips

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