In this article, I’m going to discuss with you the method I followed while preparing for CAT in order to prepare for the VARC section.
VARC as a section and especially reading comprehension pursues many candidates during preparation. The main reason I noticed at the beginning of my preparation was the ease of speaking.
English as a second language for many students creates a thought pattern that I depict as follows:
People belonging to the vernacular medium usually have the translation phase between and cannot directly bridge the gap between reading and understanding. This increases the time required and greatly affects the accuracy, since the translation is again based on the limited knowledge of the language.
I faced this problem and decided to solve it. I searched for a solution but couldn’t find one that worked for me so I decided to find out for myself. In my research, I have found that three things are important when solving a reading comprehension question.
- Read the given text and remember it
- Understand the text and translate it into assumptions, conclusions, facts and conclusions, etc.
- Analysis of the question and answer based on the above.
Reading speed is very important in a competitive environment and I would recommend at least 300 words per minute. This offers a great tactical advantage in the event that the person has trouble memorizing the points. A good reading speed gives you the time to go over the passage again if necessary.
Storing the points in memory is important to reduce the time required and to keep the accuracy high. Even with the question that requires critical thinking, it is better to have the given points ready and only answer the questions with intuitive understanding.
Reading while understanding the text is a must and must be learned as a skill. To solve this problem, I would suggest doing anything with reading novels or books, starting with the novels that are from your favorite genre and that are attractive to you. Gradually changing topics and genres and switching to rather uncomfortable topics helps when reading passages that are uninteresting and outside of your comfort zone.
I’ll provide a reading list here to start with,
- George Orwell’s animal farm
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- The catcher in the rye by JD Salinger
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
- The alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- The Zahir by Paulo Coelho
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Tuesdays with Morrie from Mitch Albom
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