English Language section in CLAT, AILET, SET, BLAT, other law entrance exams tests your proficiency in English Grammar and comprehension passages. The grammar section includes questions based on fill in the appropriate word, sentence rearrangement and sentence correction. In Reading Comprehension, you are asked questions vocabulary like synonyms and antonyms, understanding of the passage and its central theme. Formulation of concrete strategies for preparation to score well in the English section of any law entrance exam is very important.
To make your English preparation law entrance easy, we have pointed out the topics covered in English section of Law Exams:
- Reading Comprehensions
- Cloze Test
- Sentence Rearrangement or Para Jumbles
- Fill in the Blanks
- Error Spotting
- Phrase Replacement
- Passage Summary
- Foreign Language Words
- Vocabulary questions on Antonyms, Synonyms, Idioms, etc.
You can divide your English preparation into three parts i.e. Grammar, Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary. Now, follow these couple of tips to crack English section of any law entrance exam.
Basic Grammar: This includes questions like error detection, sentence correction, spellings test and sentence arrangement or para jumbles.
This is one of the areas where most of you lack conceptual clarity. Primary reason for this is the difference between written English and spoken English.
The questions asked are very simple but require deep and strong knowledge of basics of grammar.
Develop good command over the fundamentals of grammar and make notes while preparing. This will help you in sentence correction or phrase replacement and spotting the error questions.
Concentrate on your weak areas, learn the rules, revise and implement them. A good book of English grammar is Wren N Martin. Practicing a wide array of questions is very important to get ahead in the English section.
Reading Comprehension: This includes questions based on information given in the passage, the subtitle for the passage and short summary of the passage.
Solving RC questions is time-consuming but guarantees a good score. Refer to previous years’ question papers to familiarize with the paper pattern.
Aspirants should develop a regular habit of solving RC passages. Comprehension passages are quiet lengthy, hence, effective reading skill is imperative. Read 10 ways to develop reading habit. It is not only relevant to your English section but to the whole paper.
To improve your reading skills start reading Newspapers on a regular basis. This will also help you solve questions of other sections like Legal GK, Current Affairs, and Legal Reasoning.
Vocabulary: This includes questions like filling in the appropriate word or cloze test, spelling checks, Synonyms, Antonyms, Foreign Language Words and Analogies.
Reading newspapers and magazines regularly helps you to improve your vocabulary. Read expand your Vocabulary toolbox. 90% of the words asked in exams are the commonly used words, phrases, and foreign language word that you will read in newspapers and magazines. Note down these words along with their parts of speech. Practising this exercise will give you a comprehensive and exhaustive grasp not only over the words but also over their usage. Instead of mugging up the word list and following the stereotypical way, adopt a holistic approach towards learning English.
If you have limited time for preparation, do not go for “word power made easy” by Norman Lewis. Those who prepare all year long, the popular word list available online are a good source to enrich Vocabulary. Revisit the words everyday else you will not remember it and try to use those words in writing and speech; this will also improve your retention ability.
At the very least, the fact that you do not know English well should not deterrent your aspiration. Practise enough; else all your preparation might go waste.
Wish you luck for your English preparation!