SNAP is a nation-wide exam conducted for gaining entrance into 15 B-Schools affiliated with Symbiosis International University. Symbiosis has a paper and pen exam that is scheduled to be conducted during December this year. General English is an important part of the exam because the 40 questions that are in the section have a weightage that is equal to quantitative aptitude. General English in SNAP contains questions on
- Reading Comprehension.
- Verbal Ability.
- Sentence Correction
- Verbal Reasoning.
Unlike in Quantitative Ability and Logical Reasoning parts, there are no fixed rules for the English as to the extent of the questions that could be asked in the exam. Therefore, with the wide scope, it is important we a student has to follow certain tips to crack the exam
Tips for the SNAP English
All that we know for this exam is the type of questions that could be asked. We don’t know the extent of depth or the nature of those questions. Therefore, following tips for subject-related matters alone won’t suffice. There should be generic tips too that should be followed.
Generic Tips: These tips are generally about the time management, things to do etc that will help your mastery over this section
- Read newspapers, especially editorials regularly. This will not only help you build your speed but also help you get to know new words. Studies show that you need a comprehension of less than 1 in ever 20 unknown words to manage RC or Verbal Reasoning sections.
- Ensure you practice your words in conversation. Just reciting them daily won’t help you remember. Find a mate who’s preparing for the exam too, and practice the words you’ve learned with him. This will increase the retention ability of your brain.
- Ensure you are in a position to finish at least three medium-sized novels a week. Reading quality magazines will do too. This will ensure your speed keeps increasing. That is important because SNAP doesn’t have sectional time. Therefore, the time you save in one section can be utilised in another.
- Time management is of upmost importance. Time yourself when you take mock tests or while you are reading passages. The required speed for SNAP should be about 300 words per minute to gain that edge
Subject-related Tips: The questions in Reading Comprehension section would usually be on topics such as the main theme of the passage, the centre of the passage, titling the passage, interpreting the passage or summarising the passage. As far as grammar is concerned, they are going to be about idioms, homonyms, synonyms, antonyms, fill in the blanks, sentence correction etc. To deal with all of these there should be some tips that must be followed, such as
- Buy a copy of Wren and Martin. It is the bible for English Grammar. Peruse it at every chance you get. This will help your grammatical skills and will help you solve sentence correction.
- Refer to a thesaurus whenever you find a word you don’t know. This will not only give you its meaning, but also similar words, antonyms and the multiple meanings. But this is an exercise that you have to do once you have finished your reading. Do not halt your reading to check every word. Note it down in a pocket diary and look them up once you’ve read whatever it is you are doing. The rationale behind this is that, in many cases, words are contextually self-explanatory. This is a handy skill too. To assume that you’ll know every word is ridiculous. One needs to develop the skill to understand the words from the context too.
- Focus on prefixes and suffixes. Analogies are going to be hard in that you need to understand the relationship between the words exactly. Therefore, work on them. Work on your roots and word structures. Similarly, work on your sentence structures.
- Expect tricky questions in RC. once you’ve finished reading it, make sure you can summarise it in your own words. Don’t spend too much time on this though. This will help you understand the passage better and answer questions in a clearer manner
Ensure your basics are strong and you know how to apply them to specific questions. Don’t jump to conclusions because word-construction is a very tricky thing in RCs. Ensure you read the passage thoroughly, taking heed of the modifiers etc. Plan and strategise and scoring in this section will give you the edge in terms of other sections as well.