The English language section of CUET comprises of two broad areas: reading comprehension and verbal ability. In verbal ability we have questions from analogy, antonyms, synonyms, and fill in the blanks.
All these types of questions test the test takers understanding of basic vocabulary. More than 30 percent of the questions asked in the English section test the students’ command on basic English vocabulary.
In CUET 2022 in the English section, more than 18 questions tested direct vocabulary of the student. Even in reading comprehension, there were a good number of questions that were based on direct vocabulary.
Thus, when it comes to scoring maximum marks in the English section, the test takers’ command on vocabulary becomes a critical factor in deciding the outcome of the final result. These numbers are so high that they could eventually decide whether you make it to a certain college or not.
How is vocabulary tested in CUET English?
We have already partially answered this question in the above paragraph. But in this paragraph, we will try to be more elaborate on this. Based on CUET 2022 question paper, it can be said that vocabulary was tested in the form of antonyms, synonyms, idioms and phrases, analogy, fill in the blanks, and spelling errors.
All of these topics can be improved upon in three ways: reading exercise, solving questions, and memorizing words through mnemonics. The last method is nothing but memorizing words. This method is not recommended in the long run because by sheer memorizing the words do not remain in memory for too long a time.
In the short run when the exam is just a month or two away, we may try these techniques but when the we have more than four months left for the exam, we should try to develop reading activity.
How will reading activity help in vocabulary development?
When we read books, articles, or other kinds of text, we come across new words. These words one may not remember right away, but as one continues with the reading activity, one keeps on coming across these words in different contexts and then the word and its meaning gradually settles in memory, getting locked forever.
This is the correct and productive way of memorizing words because by this way you will not only remember the correct meaning of the word but also know how to use it in writing and speaking. Thus, reading is the best way to improve one’s vocabulary.
What kind of things should we read to improve our vocabulary for CUET?
To acquire a wider range of vocabulary, a student should read some standard newspaper or magazine because the words used in such formal writing are always accurate and appropriate. Also, because these sources cover a wide range of subjects, the vocabulary used in these articles featuring in these sources is diverse. Students should also develop the habit of reading books from different genre, from autobiographies/biographies to narrative history to fiction.
What can a student do apart from reading?
Apart from reading, a student can practice a wide range of questions in the form of fill in the blanks, cloze tests, antonyms, synonyms etc. These questions will not only test your memory but also your ability to use a particular word in the right context. Such practice content is not readily available.
You may refer to our CUET advanced or self-study course in which we have provided a good number of practice questions from these areas. You must remember one rule that in competitive exams the more you practice the better you become. There is no alternative to or replacement for raw practice.
How much time I would take to improve my vocabulary for CUET?
We cannot assign time limit to such exercises. We should enjoy the activity of reading and the results will follow, but if we carry out this exercise, thinking of it as a ritual, then it becomes just another wasteful activity, having no long-term beneficial effect whatsoever.
In vocabulary development there is definitely a beginning, but there is no end. We can only better ourselves. The impact of having good vocabulary you shall see not just in your CUET scores but also in your overall intellectual development.