Many students find CLAT VERBAL Section as a hard nut to crack, especially those coming from the non-English medium background or who don’t have good enough English. However, if you don’t have ‘great’ English Language skills, you can still handle the English Section if you have a proper strategy to do so.
- KNOW INSIDE OUT: There are three basic components of CLAT verbal-
Whatever may be the question, it will depend on any of these three components. Read newspaper editorials and magazines on a daily basis. Try understanding the main ideas of each paragraph, of the articles you read and extract the vocabulary from the reading sources. Make a separate notebook for your vocabulary, and try making sentences from the words you learn. However, the words are not merely tested in their actual meaning; they are also tested in their contextual meaning. So be careful while reading as to how words are used. Do not read fast. Be slow and understand each sentence carefully. This will ensure that you form a habit of the appropriate understanding of what you read.
You must exactly know as to what grammar rules are tested and what is not tested. You do not need to be a grammarian in order to get a full score in Verbal. Here is the plan we follow for the whole CLAT Verbal, covering all the topics in our classes that we give to the students:
CLASS 1: parts of speech introduction; nouns- common, proper, collective, concrete, abstract; pronouns; verbs- verb forms (v1 v2 v3), helping verbs, finite and nonfinite verbs, subject and predicate, subject and object; subject-verb agreement (exercise in subject-verb agreement, PARTS OF SPEECH CONTINUED (only intro): adjective, adverb, prepositions, conjunctions, interjection; provide a list of vocabulary & synonyms; discussion of what synonyms are; give a list of collective nouns
CLASS 2: tenses and exercises related to tenses; phrases, and clauses: types of phrases and clauses; provide antonym list; pronouns type: subjective, and objective; personal pronouns, and possessive pronouns
CLASS 3: articles, parallelism; active and passive voice; direct and indirect; exercises related to these topics and their discussion; provide homophones list
CLASS 4: phrases, and clauses: types of phrases and clauses; punctuation; exercises related to these topics and their discussion; provide idioms and phrases list; provide one word-substitution list.
CLASS 5: conjunctions and usage of several conjunctions- tell usage through the example of sentence completion; conjunction types; transition words; prepositions and their usage (give exercises); prepositional phrases, and phrasal verbs; give a list of prep phrases and phrasal verbs.
CLASS 6: Sentence completion- use of diction in sentence completion. Sentence Completion: Steps Involved.
Practice exercise involving diction SC questions; SC Questions without diction (grammar ones);
The sequence of Sentences- Approach, exercises related to the sequence of sentences; Practice questions involving idioms, one-word substitution, and vocabulary.
CLASS 7: Spotting the errors – Approach and exercise
Passage Completion- Approach and Exercise
CLASS 8: Reading Comprehension—passage types; questions types- basic approach to RC
CLASS 9: RC continued
CLASS 10: VERBAL APTITUDE TEST AND DISCUSSION
CLASSES 11 AND ONWARDS: Doubt sessions and diagnostic tests
- MINDSET REQUIRED: Having a positive mindset for Verbal is necessary. You need to take the CLAT Verbal, perhaps the whole CLAT test, aggressively. There should be no scope for self-doubt or apprehension. You need to have a dominating attitude for the same with confidence and self-belief. Verbal is all about getting the rules right. While solving the questions, do not give any scope to questions such as “whether this answer is right or that one”. All you need is logic. If you know the rules and the logic behind them, you will be able to dispel such habits.
- PLANNING YOUR CLAT VERBAL: You must make sure that you have a plan so that you are able to track your progress and performance. Make sure that you practice daily. You do not need to give many hours to Verbal unless you have to prepare in a short period of time. Take breaks in between: study for 45 minutes in one session. Set goals for yourself, probably weekly goals, that must define how many words you need to learn every week, or what topics you may need to cover each week.