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How to crack Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension (RC) section plays significant role in helping the students crack various entrance examinations across the world. The examiners are increasingly using RC to test students reading, comprehension and retention capabilities and ability to analyze the content in given time frame.

Why Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension, on the surface, looks really simple of reading a passage and solving the questions but it really tests the mettle of the students on above mentioned parameters. The topics covered under RC spread across multiple and varied topics like Arts, History, Geography, Science, Technology, Management studies, Research etc. 

In Common Admission Test (CAT) 2015, RC was given significant weightage of 24%. Students who are not comfortable with English Grammar may concentrate on RC to score above cutoff marks. Students who wish to neglect RC are doing so at their own peril.

Many students feel terrified of RCs and falter on solving them properly. Some of the reasons for not doing well in RC:

1. Lack of concentration
2. Slow reading speed
3. Passage too complex
4. Answer options too close
5. Not able to recollect what is read (Retention problem)
6. Topics not familiar

Habits to hone for cracking Reading Comprehension

As reasons for not doing are aplenty, so are the reasons for doing it right. Inculcating three fundamental habits really help a student to crack the Reading Comprehension section:

1) Developing a good reading habit through continuous emphasis on gaining knowledge and learning
2) Better comprehension Capabilities through complete focus and concentration on passage
3) Ability to retain key facts in the passage through mind mapping and visualization while reading

We will be discussing, in depth, how to acquire and improve all the above requisite skills in our subsequent articles. We will also be discussing different types of questions those frequently come, answer traps to avoid and various test taking strategies for the reading comprehension section.