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Preparation tips - English Language for SBI PO Exam
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arun : COMPLETELT DIFFERENT QUESTIONS ASKED IN SBI-PO MAINS 2016 EXAM.SO HOW CAN WE PREPARE FOR THIS YEAR EXAM?
sumita : Base your preparation keeping these new questions types in mind. Take the online mock tests which have been designed keeping these new additiond in mind. Then practice form other sources like study material books etc. for command on them.


jmsh6t180 : SALONI: HOW CAN WE PREPARE VOCABULARY IN ENGLISH
sumita : The best way to prepare for vocab is to read as much as you can and pick up new words as you advance. Look up the meanings and usage of these words in the dictionary, and try to memorise them as far as you can. The next best method is to learn the roots of various words. This will help you remember quite a few words in one go. Of course, never discount the practice that you get from our online practice tests and SM, which is full of vocab-related exercises. In short, look up unfamiliar words and example sentences.Learn them up. Try using them in sentences of your own.


ambs : HOW TO PREPARE PARA JUMBLES..OFTEN CONFUSED IN THEM
sumita : After reading the sentences thoroughly, identify the topical or opening sentence. See what sentences can follow that continue with the same theme. Always identify the main theme or the topic of the para. If the sentences are too long, be brisk in reading them. Then spot �special words� like connectives, articles, pronouns and adjectives. These are never found in opening sentences, so this helps you assign them to a later slot in the paragraph. Above all, try to practice from the SM exercises for a better hold on these questions.


ambs : WHAT ARE THE MAIN TOPICS I SHOULD PREPARE 100% FOR SBI PO?
ritispandana : SBI PO exam, as you know has prelims and mains. All three topics: reading comprehension, verbal ability and grammar are equally important. Focus on all the question types. Have a regular reading habit. Devote at least two hours exclusively for English practice. Brush up your grammar basics - this will help you identify errors in grammar-based questions. Try to learn vocab from different sources, and not just the newspaper. Try our practice tests to get a better idea on all types of verbal ability questions.


ambs : READING COMPREHENSION BECOMES BORING AT TIMES.SHOULD I READ THE FULL PARA OR JUST LOOK AT THE KEYWORDS AND CONNECTORS.
sumita : There are no short-cuts to success. A mere glance at the connectors and key words will never give you clarity on what the author has presented / conveyed. This will obfuscate your interpretation of the idea flow. Partial understanding of the text will not help you at all! Please read through the entire passage once briskly, and then scan those areas which you feel will help you answer questions asked.


arun : IN READING COMPREHENSION, SOME EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES SAYS THAT FIRST READ THE QUESTIONS AND THEN GO THROUGH THE PARA YOU WILL GET MORE MARKS IN RC. IS THIS REALLY HELPFUL IN EXAM?
sumita : Well, it's all about doing things in quick time! If you are an avid and voracious reader, then RCs are not your problem areas. But if you do not have a regular and consistent reading habit, then identifying ideas and critical parts of the text may not come to you as easily. If you do things in reverse order, you will end up wasting more time in looking for individual answers, because each time you read the passage, your mind will only prompt you to search for the answer to the question you have just read.


nm : IN RC WHAT WE NEED TO DO..FIRSTLY READ QUESTIONS THEN FIND OUT THE ANSWERS OR AT VERY FIRST.. GO THROUGH THE PARAGRAPH AND THEN ANSWER
sumita : The exam is a time-bound one, and you need to manage your time such that you can give it your best shot. This can only happen if you are quick in both interpreting and answering. First skim through the passage. This will give you an overall rough idea of the topic and supporting thoughts. Then read any one question. Now scan that part of the passage from which this questions has been drawn, and evaluate your choices for the question under consideration.


nm : IN SENTENCE REARRANGEMENT.. HOW CAN WE DEFINITELY IDENTIFY THE SEQUENCE.?..HOW COULD WE 100 PERCENT SURE ABOUT THE SAME�
sumita : I have already answered this question a little while ago. Please read the input.


pnsj6a342 : I TAKE A LOT OF TIME FOR RC I.E TO READ N ANSWER. HOW CAN I INCREASE MY SPEED OF READING?
sumita : Reading speed can only be improved when you read a lot. An exhaustive and regular reading helps you overcome daily problems in reading. The habit of pronouncing each word in your head as you read it, slows you down. Try to overcome this consciously. Don't read word to word, as it decreases your speed. YOu also miss the overall picture when you do this. Practice expanding the number of words that you read at a time. You may also find that you can increase the number of words you read in a single fixation by holding the text a little further from your eyes. The more words you can read in each block, the faster you'll read!


ambs : HOW CAN I BRUSH UP MY VOCABULARY OTHER THAN NEWSPAPERS?
ritispandana : Reading is the best way to improve your vocabulary. Newspapers are limited to certain topics and thus, give you limited exposure to vocabulary. Reading magazines and books on various topics helps. Always keep a Thesaurus with you while reading and refer to it to learn words in synonym groups. Refer to vocabulary building aids like games, puzzles etc. Refer to websites like mnemonicdictionary.com, which gives you roots, suffixes, prefixes and short stories to remember and learn words easily.


pnsj6a342 : HOW TO SOLVE RC QUESTIONS IN MINIMUM TIME?
sumita : After quickly reading the passage, try to answer the vocab related questions, which are relatively easier to attempt. Then go for those questions which are related to direct interpretation of the text. Inferential and tone related questions must be attempted only if you are confident. These are generally time-consuming.


ambs : ANY BOOKS YOU WOULD REFER FOR VOCABULARY?
ritispandana : I recommend the usage of a thesaurus. Whenever you learn a word refer to a thesaurus as learning in groups of words makes it easier to remember. You could also use the book 'Word Power made easy'.


nm : IN RC HOW CAN WE IDENTIFY THE TONE OF NARRATOR.. WHETHER IT IS ARGUMENTATIVE.. SUPPORTIVE..NARRATIVE.. SARCASTIC ETC
sumita : Tones are generally related to a predominant emotion of the author that he conveys with the help of words. Tones can be objective or subjective in nature, depending upon the author's attitude towards the topic at hand. Therefore, you need to look out for these words used in the passage. Keep in mind their connotation - negative, positive or neutral. Words are either positive, neutral or negative. You need to relate their connotation with the idea expressed. Sarcasm, for example, means the usage of words that are sneering, taunting or cutting in nature. Argumentative tone is generally used when there is a controversy or dispute. It is difficult to explain all kinds of tones in a chat session. Please take the online tsest and go through the SM books for a better understanding.Practice counts a lot. As does exhaustive reading!


yogesh : SIR, ME ENGLISH BHUT JYADA WEAK HUN, IMPROVE K LIYE KYA KARUN?
sumita : Read the newspaper everyday; first in English and then in your own language. This will help you focus more on what you're reading, and will improve your understanding of the language too. Practise grammar exercises from a good grammar book, and also from our SMs and online tests. Try to read small passages and make an effort to understand them. Look up new words in the dictionary. Try to write compositions on simple topics.


arun : INSERT A. THE WRITER WAS ASKED TO INSERT A CHANGE IN THE MANUSCRIPT. B. IT IS HIS HABIT TO INSERT NEW TOPICS IN THE DISCUSSION. C. THE COUNTRY IS PLANNING TO INSERT A NEW SATELLITE INTO THE ORBIT. D. THE CEREMONY WAS ANNOUNCED THROUGH AN INSERT IN THE NEWSPAPERS. (A) A (B) B (C) C (D) D (E) NONE OF THE ABOVE IS CORRECT USAGE.
ritispandana : The error is in the first option. The word 'insert' means to 'put in' or 'place' or 'introduce' something. A 'change' is to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is. Hence, a 'change' cannot be inserted, it has to be 'made' or 'carried out'. Choice(A) is incorrect.


arun : IN THE ABOVE QUESTION FIND OUT THE INCORRECT OR INAPPROPRIATE SENTENCE.HOW CAN WE HANDLE THIS KIND OF QUESTION?
sumita : This is called the Para odd man out or out of context question. The approach is similar to that involved in the sequenicng of a paragraph that is jumbled. Understanding the content of the paragraph. Understanding the information flow and purpose of the author. The strategy is similar to the one employed in a Para jumbled question. While arranging the sentences in order, you need to identify one that is tangential, or deviates form the rest of the idea, and that is the one you need to opt for.


bicky : IN R.C WHICH ONE IS BEST READING QUESTIONS OR PASSAGE FIRST?
sumita : I've already answered this. Please read that excerpt.


bicky : ANY SITES WHERE ALL PREVIOUS BANK PO SOLVED PAPER AVAILABLE?
ritispandana : Please refer to Kiran Publications Book for all previous Bank PO solved papers.


bicky : PART OF SPEECH ARE ENOUGH FOR FINDING ERRORS IN GRAMMER?
sumita : Parts of speech are only one aspect. You will also need to employ verbal reasoning while answering. Word denotation, collocation, and connotation all play an active role in identifying and correcting an error. You must also keep idea flow in mind. In short, errors can't simply be identified on the basis of knowledge of parts of speech alone.


yogesh : SIR, ACCHI GRAMMER BOOK K LIYE KON SI BOOK ACCHI H?
ritispandana : Refer to Wren N Martin High School English Grammar and Composition Book. In addition to that I suggest you to make it a habit to read the newspapers or good magazines, like The Economist, everyday.


john : WHERE CAN WE GET THE NEW MODEL QUESTIONS ASKED IN LAST YEAT SBI PO
ritispandana : If you are a student of T.I.M.E., please refer to our online practice tests and Mock tests.


john : WHAT ARE THE FREQUENT TYPES OF QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED IN PRELIMS ?
ritispandana : Reading Comprehension (this may also have 3-4 vocab questions), Vocab based questions like Fill in the blanks (2 blanks) and Cloze test (short passage with 5-10 blanks), Para formation questions (Jumbled paragraph) and questions on Grammar (Error Identification). Over all preparation of English section includes reading everyday and improving your vocabulary and Grammar.


yogesh : MAM, ENGLISH NEWSPAPERS= TOI
sumita : Not that alone. The HIndu is recommended for better language command. Please also read other magazines in addition to reading the newspaper.


john : WHAT IS THE SEQUENCE OF QUESTIONS TO BE FOLLOWED WHILE ANSWERING ENGLISH SECTION TO MAXIMIZE SCORE
sumita : Attend all mock tests, read all the booklets and go through all your class handouts as part of your preparation. Essentially, cloze test first, then RC vocab-based questions, followed by passage-based detail questions. Next, sentence correction questions, and then FIBs. Attempt PFQs at the end as they are time-consuming. For RCs, a good reading of previous years papers will help, as it will familiarize you with the kind of questions asked.


lucky : ENGLISH KI PEPRATION KE LIYE STRTEGI KYA HONA CHAHIYE
sumita : Well, we have already mentioned so many strategies that you can pick on to prepare and better yourself. The first and foremost among them is to develop a good erading habit, and keep reading consistently, while also giving yourself a variety of reading to refine your reading skills.


lucky : WORDS KO KESE YAAD RAKHE.
ritispandana : Use roots, prefixes and suffixes to know and understand what a word means. Learn the synonyms and antonyms of the same word together. Learning words in groups helps in remembering words easily. Try to look up the usage of each word you learn and use it in a similar context so that it stays in your memory forever. Try websites like nmemonicdictionary.com which gives you a root/suffix/prefix or a short story to remember the words easily.


lucky : HOW CAN WE IMPROVE OUR ENGLISH
sumita : Relevant inputs on this have already been given. Please go through the replies.


john : FROM WHERE SHOULD ONE PRACTICE FOR THE WRITTEN ABILITY SECTION TO BE ASKED IN MAINS? HOW TO PRACTICE WRITING WELL AND GOOD ENGLISH
ritispandana : If you are a student of T.I.M.E., please take all the descriptive writing tests provided as a part of your course structure. If not, refer to any good essay writing book which gives you a variety of topics to practice. For the writing section overall practice of language is essential. You must practice writing keeping the following points in mind: idea formation, placing the ideas in correct order for it to make a sensible structure, grammatical connectors, verbs and pronouns need extra attention. Regular reading will not only help you in understanding the idea flow and structure of a passage but also will help you in improving your language.


yogesh : MAM, MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPER ME KON KON SI PADHUN, RECOMMAND KIJIYE?
sumita : All leading English newspapers and dailies. The Economist The Economic Times Outlook India Today Reader's Digest Any and every well-written source you can possibly lay your hands on! Our SMs are such a wonderful source too!


john : THANK YOU ALL
sumita : Glad to be of help!


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