Published On: Tue, Aug 28th, 2018

How to prepare for SNAP Verbal Ability Section?

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The Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) is amongst the most popular MBA entrance exams in India. More than 50,000 students take this national level MBA entrance exam every year. SNAP is conducted by Symbiosis International University, Pune for admission to various management programs offered at its affiliated institutes. The overall level of SNAP is considered to be easier than that of other popular national level MBA entrance exams like CAT, XAT or CMAT. So, in order to excel in this exam, you need to develop separate preparation strategy. The Verbal Ability of SNAP is generally considered to be at a higher difficulty level than other three sections of the exam. Before discussing about the preparation strategy for Verbal ability, here is a brief overview of SNAP 2018 exam pattern.

SNAP Exam Pattern

Let’s start with understanding the exam pattern of SNAP. The exam takes place in online mode only. There are 150 questions from four sections to be completed in 120 Minutes. Each question carries 1 mark and there is negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. The questions will be of multiple choice type with four options.

If we talk about section wise break-up, the verbal ability section has 40 questions, the quantitative, DI & Data Sufficiency section also has 40 questions. The general knowledge section has 30 and analytical & logical reasoning section has 40 questions.

SNAP Verbal Ability Syllabus

The verbal ability section is called the General English in SNAP. The section consists of reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, and verbal ability sub-sections. The syllabus of SNAP verbal ability is divided into sections as mentioned below:

The topics from which the 40 questions in verbal section asked are-

  • Reading Comprehensions- Contextual passages
  • Vocabulary- Synonyms, Antonyms, Idioms
  • Grammar- Fill in the blanks, Sentence correction, sentence completion, jumbled paragraphs etc.

How to prepare for SNAP Verbal Ability?

Although the SNAP is quite easy when compared to others but the things that make it tough to crack is the number of questions and the time limit of the exam. However, the Verbal Ability section in SNAP is considered easy because it comprises mostly direct questions that don’t take much time.

You should try to attempt the maximum number of questions out of 150 in 120 minutes. So, the main key to crack SNAP is to practice more and gain speed with accuracy. Unlike the time-consuming logical reasoning and quantitative sections, the English can easily be attempted in shorter time.

This SNAP verbal ability section focuses more on the verbal section as compared to reading comprehension and grammar. So, it is advised to candidates that they should improve vocabulary to score well in this section. You need to know following tips for every sub-section-

Reading Comprehension

In this section, there will be maximum of 2 passages of about 200-300 words. It is easy to attempt these questions and you must attempt these passages to increase your scores.

  • You must practice at least two passages daily as it depends upon your reading speed to ace this section.
  • Read articles on the variety of topics and mainly from current affairs so that you know the background of the passage.


The vocabulary section consists of antonyms, synonyms and idioms etc. For these questions, it is necessary that you have command over vocabulary. Here are some tips-

  • The best way to improve the vocabulary is to read more and more. You should pick something informative as well as interesting to read.
  • Candidates should make the habit of learning minimum 5 new words daily.
  • In order to learn the new words, write down the words on flashcards and read them regularly and also use them wherever necessary.
  • Also, when you learn a word check its synonyms and antonyms as well as their contextual usage.


The grammar section’s questions come in the form of sentence corrections, completion, para jumbling and error spotting. To attempt these types of questions, you must strengthen your basic grammar rules first. Here are some tips-

  • Choose a grammar book to learn the basic rules and start practicing the questions based on them.
  • Further, revise these rules at regular interval to keep them fresh in your mind.
  • While reading, focus on sentence construction and grammar rules used in it.

Preparation Material for Verbal Ability

Arun Sharma Verbal Ability for CAT is a good book for preparing the verbal ability section for all the management entrance exams. You should also read other magazines as well as English newspapers etc. You should refer books like SP Bakshi, Norman Lewis etc for grammar preparation. For vocabulary, is a helpful website, especially for the synonyms, antonyms.

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