CAT Preparation Tips to improve Vocabulary

17 May, 2018

CAT Preparation Tips to improve Vocabulary – Have you ever thought; why the most hunted after entrance exams like the CAT test an applicant’s vocabulary? Many think it is a filtration criterion. But it is a lot more than that. An individual with a good expertise over words is considered confident. Good language gives an ability to express what you want to in a proficient manner.

The verbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC) section are of utmost importance in the CAT exams, and making yourselves for the same in the correct way is exceptionally important. To surpass in the VARC section, aspirants must have the habit of reading newspapers, periodicals and novels habitually – this aids them to develop vocabulary and at the same time helps you to be well-informed. VARC section consists of total 34 questions of which 24 are multiple choice and 10 are non- multiple choice type of questions. One must have a strong command over English to score high in this section.


    Read, read, and read!

    Reading the best ever a way to improve your vocabulary skills. One another simple way to acquire new words is to remember them from a list. That actually does not mean that you can do it with a certain type of word list alone but you can also try to map a word to a context and then try to remember it.  Reading is one way not only to keep yourself up to date but also it is going to help you score well in the CAT 2018 exams. Don’t restrict yourself towards what you are reading. Start reading a newspaper daily. Skimming & scanning are the best ways to read a newspaper. This will help you in the reading comprehension section.

    So what should I read? Is the next question that comes to mind? Start reading English materials of high standards. Remember to avoid American English related materials, as the vocabulary used in CAT exams is similar to that of British standards.  If you have a good reading speed you can definitely finish the VARC section way ahead of the time. Try to read as many novels, books as you can and remember to finish them within two to three weeks of time. If you can, then you are the one! Try reading books from various genres. Who knows you RC passage may be from any one of them!


    Journal of new words

    Start maintaining a note of all the new words you come across a newspaper, journal or a novel. Try to refer back to that list whenever needed. This record will definitely encourage you to learn new words every day. Also, start using those words during your everyday conversation. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.


    Build some flashcards, especially contextual ones. So what does it mean? Try to put the context related words on the flashcard and encircle the word you’re testing yourself on.  Put the meaning of the word at the back of the card, and try to identify them.

    For instance, if you are meeting a new person somewhere, it’s all about writing down some important words from your conversation with them, with the name of the person at the back of the card. So now you can recall the conversation easily.

    Visualize using Mind maps

    There are typically different techniques like connotation; images to remember words. But mind maps are something really better than the others. The main word in the central point and try to build related words to the keyword.  The influences between the keywords and the rest of the words are directly recognizable. This will help in retrieval of a word at a faster rate.

    Finally, unless you understand the meaning of the word in a sentence, you will definitely not be able to understand the questions! The apt way to prepare for the CAT is sustained practice. After you take up the mock test, try to go through where you went wrong, which words did you find it difficult to understand. Also if you incline towards reading the same kind of material every day and anticipate yourself to have a good vocabulary, then you are absolutely wrong. By doing this you are trying to restrict yourselves to a similar set of words. Try to read various types of materials like journals, magazines, newspapers, novels etc. Carry a dictionary all time with you, and refer to it when you across new word immediately.


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