Tips to Prepare for Verbal Ability

The verbal ability is one of the most crucial topics for various government exams and it constitutes of Basic English grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension.

Though it is the most scoring section of any competitive exam, numerous candidates still struggle to score well; the reason being less acquaintance with the Language or conceptual knowledge. Hence, given below are a few verbal ability tips that might help the aspirants to prepare the section well.


Include variety in Reading

Philosophy, literature, scientific papers, fashion, art, economics, politics, business are all those areas from where passages in the exam come. The inclusion of more variety will broaden your views on the worldly affairs, expose you to numerous views provided by different authors on the same topics, keep you updated with the latest developments and help you think of ways of developing an approach that most suits you. Needless to say, it will greatly help you in Reading Comprehension passages of the exam with vastly varying topics.


Increase Vocabulary

As numerous questions related to synonyms and antonyms are asked in the exam, having a strong vocabulary is very crucial. Keeping a dictionary is the simplest and most effective way to increase your vocabulary and holds good for people of all ages and at all stages of reading skills. Voracious readers have done it in their earliest stages of reading, and it is never too late to start. Jot down all the given meanings of an unfamiliar word, look at the context of the passage and see which best suits it. Not only will you learn the meaning of the word in that context, it tells you more about its probable usages in other contexts.


Question more

At the end of each paragraph, question the tone and attitude of the author. Think creatively of all plausible questions and how the paragraph substantiates the answers to these questions. It will aid your comprehension abilities, help you answer questions relating to the tone/attitude of author type of questions and understand analogies which align with the author’s point of views as depicted in the paragraph. All of these will not only help you answer verbal aptitude questions during the examination but in the long term increase your general reading comprehension skills.


Avoid distractions

With the increasing number of distractions and diminishing attention spans, it’s easy to lose focus on the work at hand. This turns out to be detrimental for candidates gearing up for an examination like wherein a clear, responsive and attentive head will push you further ahead than more than half of your competition. When practising, keep aside any distractions, clear out the clutter and choose a peaceful environment to continue with your preparation. Choose times of the day where you can be distracted the least.



It’s an age-old saying and that most of the people know: Practice makes perfect. Waiting for the time to perfect your preparation isn’t the smartest choice to make; perfect it by practising regularly. Devote quality time each day to practice on your weaker areas and build your strengths. Regular practice for verbal ability questions will ensure you have time to analyze yourself frequently, which is another good practice to follow, especially while gearing up for Competitive exams.

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