When I took my first CAT paper, an actual CAT from the paper-based days, I felt I could easily crack the test. One of the big reasons for this was my outsized ability on the Verbal Ability section. By the time I wrote my first CAT Mock I had been reading three magazines a week for more than 6 years, had a vocabulary wide enough to crack the GRE without preparing for it and a […]
The Verbal Ability section of the CAT has always been one of those things that never fails gets my goat. To me it has never made any sense at all! Why do they want MBA aspirants to read passages by philosophers (and sometimes poets) and then answer questions set by non-philosophers or people who fancy themselves as philosophers know at least three idioms in which the word “DONKEY” is used correctly and one in which it […]
As discussed in the previous post, the Verbal Ability sections on the CAT and other tests ends up testing aspirants’ general command over the language as much as the test-specific practice they have put in. So how does one improve one’s command over the language? How does one improve one’s reading speed? How does one widen the range of one’s vocabulary?
In the previous post, we discussed how to maximize your VA-RC score by increasing your accuracy on RC. In this post we will take a look at VA, time-allocation and order of attempts for the section as a whole. The VA section is not very different from RC for most test-takers in terms of maintaining a consistent accuracy. Grammar and vocab-based questions are the bugbear for many, while the rest of VA is the main […]
I have rarely done posts on CAT Verbal, the last one was this one on FIJs somewhere in 2013, and not entirely without reason. The VA-RC section has always been a peculiar section on the CAT. It is quite to tough to precisely answer the question — what do they actually test? In all honesty even they might not always be in the know! Be that as it may, your first objective is to ensure […]