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How to Achieve a High Comprehension Score in Competitive Exams

Safalta Expert Published by: Saloni Bhatia Updated Tue, 18 May 2021 02:46 PM IST

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Here are some pointers to help you solve this section quickly and accurately.
 
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Reading comprehension is a common segment among candidates because it requires no previous knowledge to correctly answer. It's also a frequently asked topic. As a result, if a candidate solves the section correctly, reaching the sectional cut-off in the English section is easy.

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One disadvantage of dealing with the section is that if you are not properly prepared, it may take longer. Candidates' ability to respond correctly is hampered by a lack of vocabulary and comprehension of the passage's concept. Here are some pointers to help you solve this section quickly and accurately.

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  • Look for keyword phrases
Finding key terms or phrases would help you respond quickly and save time rather than trying to decipher each word.
  • It's All About the Approach
To improve your reading comprehension, you should first assess your abilities and then plan your strategy accordingly. Although the traditional method is to read first and then answer the questions, you can also go through the questions first and then read the passage. This will assist you in determining what to look for in the passage. Otherwise, you'll be squandering valuable time. However, this approach is not suitable for all candidates. You'll know which strategy works best for you until you try it at home.

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  • Make the Most of Your Time
Even if you have all of the answers, a lack of time may be a major hindrance. Since your time management abilities, in addition to your other skills and knowledge, will be checked, you will need to split your available time wisely so that you can accurately answer the majority of the questions.

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  • Improve Your Vocabulary
Vocabulary or word awareness is needed to complete the comprehension portion. You will only be able to answer the questions posed if you grasp the concept of the passage. So, read journals, textbooks, novels, and other materials that introduce you to new and complex terms and phrases to improve your vocabulary.
  • Obtain the gist
Make sure you recognize the keywords quickly and remember to underline them when reading comprehension. This will make it easier for you to get to the core concept and choose the correct answer. When you're finding useful terms, make a mental note of the meaningless phrases and words so you don't spend too much time thinking about their meaning. This will save you a lot of time.
  • Imaginative Thinking
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Candidates believe they would not be able to pass this segment due to the vocabulary, comprehension issues, and time constraints. Rather than answering all of the questions, figure out how high you need to score to meet the cut-off in this section and react accordingly. This will allow you to save time, score higher, and properly concentrate on the other parts.
During the test, choose shorter questions and on a subject, you are familiar with. Knowing the difference between formal and casual tone will also help you relate to the definition better. When reading the chapter, keep your attention on the material and don't get distracted. Reading the first and last paragraphs will help you find the gist or key idea. To find the meaning of a sentence or word in a vocabulary query, look at the context in which it is used. Finally, remember to increase your reading pace to save time.

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