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Tips to help you with solving RCs

Tips to help you with solving RCs

Tips to help you with solving RCs

  • Read the complete passage
    As far as the CAT exam goes, it is recommended that you read the complete passage. The approximate length of passages being asked in CAT is around 600 words. However the length varies from 100 to 600 words from exam to exam. Hence this is relatively short length of passages in mind, it makes sense that one reads the full passage. Most of the times test setters ask a lot of inferential questions, and reading only parts of the passage and skimming the rest can be mistake in the given case, as it might lead to a situation where you do not understand the passage truly. Do you always need to read the full? No, you do not always need to read the full passage. For exams where the focus is fact based questions, you can undertake selective reading and try to find the relevant information. But keep in mind that this works only in the case of fact-based passages; whenever the questions check your overall understanding of the passage, it is suggested that you read the complete passage.
  • Make notes while practicing RCs
    One basic activity that you can carry out while solving RCs is making notes. Why make these notes? Well, these are mental bookmarks that help you locate appropriate information and help you understand the passage that much better. While you making notes, there are three fundamental things that you need to identify:
    a. subject of the passage: which/what is the precise thing the author is talking about.
    b. main idea of the passage: what is he saying about the author.
    c. tone of the author of the passage: which is manner he has adopted in the passage.
    The above are three central considerations in figuring out what the passage is all about. Make sure you note these down every time you solve RCs. Why are we suggesting such an approach? This is the best way to figure out the gist of the passage, and once you take hold of the central points of the passage, you can answer inference based questions easily. Also, a thematic make-up and a logical sequence of the passage will be built-up within your mind, which would enable you to answer questions from particular parts of the passage.
  • Look out for structural words that tell you the important ideas or transitions in a passage.
    Though this tip might appear cumbersome to many, yet it holds value. There are a number of words which play specific roles in a sentence and paragraph. Have a look at the table given below:
Continuity Words Contrast Words Conclusion Words

Similarly

Nonetheless

Thus

Moreover

However

Therefore

Additionally

But

Hence

In the same way

Although

In summary

Likewise

Despite

In Conclusion

Three kinds of words are highlighted above. These portray three roles that words can play in a paragraph, and these roles help you establish the motive of the author. For example, contrast words are an indicator that what would follow would be a contradiction of the reasoning pattern so far, and a new direction will be lent to the paragraph.

The above roles are described below:

Continuity words: The author would support his point of view further.

Contrast words: The author would introduce a contrarian point of view.

Conclusion words: The author would sum up his argument so far.

  • Word on Reading Skills
  • This is one piece of advice that goes without saying: practice reading. The best way to improve your RC skills is to read and read as much as you can. You need to read diversely and make sure you that cover a number of subjects in your reading. You are also advised to pick up a weekly magazine in order to brush up your current affairs and knowledge of the globe. Though direct questions on one’s personal knowledge are avoided in RCs, having a fair idea of what is happening in the world makes you better equipped to handle RCs. You can also use the E-library section on this website in order to find a host of reading recommendations, reading tips and e-books for reading.

    The above form some of the points that should be kept in mind while solving Reading Comprehensions. Make sure you use the above in order to improve your performance in this critical area of the examination.

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