“The nature of study preparation doesn't depend on whether the CAT is a paper-based or a computer-based test”.
Every year the CAT has changed in some way or the other. This year, the change is with respect to the mode of taking the test. As far as preparing the concepts are concerned, there will not be any change. However, you have to go through sufficient online practice to acclimatize yourself with the online testing process.
The nature of study preparation doesn't depend on whether the CAT is a paper-based or a computer-based test. You need material that will cover basic concepts explained in a friendly manner, CAT application based questions for practice with explanatory answers and test papers. Also check out the material of most of the reputed MBA training institutions.
You do not need to be computer savvy to take an online test. All that is required is the ability to use the mouse and a few basic keys. Do not worry on that front.
spend at least 5 hours a day for the ultimate preparation.
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How to tackle the online CAT-2010
- Preparing Maths
- Preparing Data Interpretation
- Preparing Analytical reasoning
- Preparing Reading comprehension
- Preparing Verbal ability
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The most pressing question on the minds of the
students is 'How do I tackle the Online CAT?' However, the most obvious thing
that one notices in the question is the emphasis on the 'Online' aspect more
than the one on 'CAT'. Well the answer to this question is to keep it simple and
not to worry about the 'Online' format as much as the 'content' of the paper.
One can get familiar with the Online format through the "CAT 2010 Practice Test"
on http://catiim.in/ and through online mock tests.
The key to doing well on CAT has always been
1) Sound preparation
2) Getting the Basics right
There are two phases of preparation
3) Plenty of practice on Sectional Tests
4) Taking a good number of Full Length Mock CATs (Online) simulating all
'Sound preparation' encompasses looking at questions from previous years' CATs
and understanding the 'syllabus' of CAT. First, one should make a list of all
ics/areas on which questions have been asked in Quantitative, Logic & Data
Interpretation and the Verbal section.
Then, one should assess whether one is 'proficient', 'average' or 'needs
improvement' in each of those areas. The areas that fall in the third category
is what one should look at quickly addressing rather than hoping that questions
from that area do not come in CAT2010!
The IIMs, through CAT, test the students on their understanding of basic
concepts and this is where 'Getting the basics right' plays a vital role. Often
students look for the toughest material to practice without realising that their
understanding of concepts as simple as LCM & HCF is not as good as they think it
CAT has often trapped students with simple and elegant questions that probe into
their understanding of the basics. A quick recap of all the chapters in
Quantitative and the concepts involved in each of them would go a long way in
One key aspect of CAT has been its unpredictability in terms of the pattern, the
question types, areas emphasised and the difficulty level. However, CAT 2010 has
eased the unpredictability to an extent by mentioning the pattern beforehand (3
sections with a total of 60 questions).
Students should try to strengthen their performance in each section in terms of
speed and accuracy by practicing on a good number of sectional tests. Students
should also ensure that they get enough practice of all kinds of full length
papers through a comprehensive Mock series program.
This ensures that one is exposed to relevant and plausible question types which
increases one's capacity to deal with any surprise in CAT2010. However taking
lots of mocks is not the only preparation strategy - analysing the mocks after
the test is over and learning from ones mistakes is, in fact, a key step, which
students often overlook.
Finally, the most important ingredient in tackling CAT 2010 successfully is
self-belief - the conviction that the effort that one has put in over the past
months will yield positive results.
Constant worrying about the end result only makes the task much more difficult
So keep your spirits high and elevate your level of preparation in the next one
month leading upto CAT. Success will belong to those who can follow this advice
religiously and keep up their belief quotient.
Preparation for CAT 2014 - First phase:
In this phase you should get good grip on fundamentals and get familiar with all chapters and problems . Do not look for speed solving or feel any sort of pressure while preparing fundamentals. Learn with your own efficiency, without getting into fundamentals clearly speed-solving is not useful. Please manage to allocate at least one hour a day for reading newspapers, magazines. It is better to subscribe for any good magazines during the preparation. Get in touch with current affairs.
Schedule your weeks to prepare accordingly because haphazardness will waste lot of time. If you have been preparing without any study structure then whatever you may achieve would have been increased up to 50%. Try to shuffle the subjects also, so that you do not get bored with one subject. A good time table for 1 days look like below:
1 hour reading
2 hours of math
1 hour of analytical reasoning / data interpretation
1 hour of reading comprehension exercises / verbal ability
Preparation for CAT 2014 - second phase(self analyzing and improving):
By the time you finish the fundamentals which is about second week of august, you will get a fare idea on the area of your weakness and strengths. Make a tabular form of topics categorizing strengths and weakness to have a clear picture on it. Keep weak areas in mind and try to improve yourself by focusing them more.
From second week of August you can take section tests along with revision of topics in alternate day, here if you think you have to allocate more time you should do.. You must start taking comprehensive tests by the beginning of September.
Things you look to learn in comprehensive tests of 2-3 hour long, is how to manage paper so the attitude here should be the same like a batsman who wants to score as many runs as possible in the last 10 overs in onedayers. You should think of scoring as much as possible ,but most people will get emotional to have a challenging problem and stuck up solving only that problem.
After you tested yourself spend time to analyze it. The key points to analyze your test:
Take comprehensive test for yourself on every alternate days with analyzing and revision of topics on another day.
See if your speed is better than previous tests, notice if you do not understand basics you cannot apply them to tougher problems. Both these attributes are a prerequisite for speed solving;
Most of we do not use two hours sitting at a stretch; a high degree of concentration is also not easy for first time test takers. Comprehensive tests make us to sit for two hours at a stretch and we increase our attentive span.
- Time Management:
The most important value provided by the comprehensive test is an idea of our strengths and weakness. So you should manage time and allocate certain time to each section depending on your strength and weakness
Accuracy is the number of correct questions out of attempted questions. if this is low you need to go and revise the chapters which are reducing your accuracy because marking wrong option will impose negative marks in cat.
- Finding Traps:
You should avoid false positives or false negatives i.e., you shouldn’t leave easy questions thinking they are hard and attempt hard questions thinking they are easy.
analyzing your progress on the above four : compare with the previous attempted paper on above all points