Vocabulary and Comprehension Reading: How to practice them? 

How to practice comprehesion and make grip over grammar?

If you are aiming at clearing the competitive exams but fear that your English is not good enough to clear the exam and that might hold you back from clearing it. Let us introduce you to some tips and tricks to score good marks in English. The most important thing is to have a high vocabulary knowledge and clarity of grammar rules. Reading multiple passages is the password to crack the comprehension section.

A whole section in English is dedicated to judge your vocabulary and reading skills. There are various kinds of questions that cover multiple aspects of English. The different categories from which the questions are asked are as follows:

Vocabulary Usage

Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms mean the words which have the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or other words in a language. An Antonym is the opposite of another word. For example, the Antonym of the day is night.

Cloze Test

This test consists of a passage with blanks and we have to complete the reading by filling up the blanks. Students should focus on reading the passage very carefully and then you will be able to figure out the right or appropriate words to be filled.

Fill in the blanks

Under this topic, you are required to find a suitable word to fill in. It constitutes questions which have only blanks. Remember to read the statement carefully and choose the most appropriate option.

Read more: Tips to learn Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homonyms

Spelling Test

Spelling skills can be improved mainly by putting in efforts like looking up a word you’re not sure of, keeping the dictionary at hand, keeping a list of words you know you have trouble with.

Idioms and Phrases

The common question which was asked in the SSC Exams are Idioms and Phrases. The topic usually has good weightage in the exam, so prepare them well.

One-word substitution

One-word substitution means a word that replaces a group of words or sentences without creating or changing the exact meaning of sentences.

Sentence or Phrase Improvement

In terms of vocabulary usage, this topic means using appropriate words or phrases to improve the sentence given in the question.

Comprehension Reading

Reading comprehension is also one of the most crucial topics in English language and comprehension section. Students should dedicate more time to prepare for this section in English. One should have a proper strategy in place to prepare for comprehension and optimally utilize the limited available for preparation.

Reading skills cannot be developed overnight but requires a lot of practice to make it a habit and a part of your daily lives. The more you read and try to understand, the easier it is for you to understand the passage and the flow of information.

Reading the newspaper is a good option but just reading hard facts that happen every day cannot be up to the mark to develop your reading skills. So, it is better to prefer feature stories, opinion pieces in editorials, business magazines, etc., can help you build your reading and comprehension skills quite faster.

Developing a vocabulary skill of a standard quality is necessary because unfamiliarity of the meaning of certain words may cause you some struggle in understanding the message of the passage.


Both, good vocabulary and comprehension reading are interlinked with each other. Read as much as possible and make a note of words that you learn through the process. This will help you remember the meaning of the words and decipher the original message from the passage.

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