Reading Comprehension Myths

Reading Comprehension Myths

In CAT exam, the test takers are going to face two to three sets of Reading Comprehension passages that comprise of four to five questions in each passage. Most of the CAT test takers are afraid to attempt the section because of some preconceived notions in their mind. Here are some of the most common myths and notions that need to be resolved to make your Reading Comprehension for CAT preparation a lot simpler.
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  • Reading Comprehension is a matter of finding the author’s exact meaning

This is the most common myth about Reading comprehension. Do one needs to understand what the author meant while writing? Not always. You can relate the reading comprehension according to your own attitude, perceptions, and feelings. Even experienced critics review the work of authors differently. It all depends on the individual understanding of the passage.

  • One needs to read inferentially

One can maintain a summary in the back of the mind while reading the passage. Reading comprehension is all about getting to understand the passage. One might encounter the sentences that will not be important to understand the passage at all, ending up reading and inferencing the message that is not from the passage. For example:
“Ram told Ravan that Sita is very beautiful.” The important message that is conveyed here is “Sita is very beautiful”. According to P N Santosh, CAT faculty of Byju’s, for Reading Comprehension, the sentences that come after the word “That” is the important message.

Another important tip to know the crux of a sentence: Ravan, who was a great kind, died of swine flu.

Here the relative clause is: “who was a great king” is not important. So, ignore relative clauses and focus on the other sentence that has an important message to convey.

  • One cannot leave any sentence in order to answer the questions

With Byju’s formula to read the passage, some of the sentences can be omitted altogether without changing the meaning at all. 20% of the original comprehension can be compressed using the simple rules that we follow. There are several rules by P N Santosh (some of which have been pointed in the video) will make the passage very short and easy to understand. “Don’t worry about negative connotation in RC” is another tip by Santosh, which holds true for this point as well.

  • One needs to be very good at vocabulary to attempt Reading Comprehension questions

One can attempt the questions by the meaning of context as well. If the word is difficult to be recognized, then the students can still process the meaning by reading the whole context of the comprehension and make out. As such, direct vocabulary questions are unlikely for CAT exam.
Moreover, with the condensed comprehension, you will be able to know the meaning very fast and without wasting much time on rumbling around the world.

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