Prof Himanshu Rai, CAT 2010 Convener, had said that he expected the test this year to be tough. The CAT is tough. So, what should be the best strategy for cracking the test?
CAT is a two-and-half-hour paper consisting of three sections: quantitative ability (QA), verbal ability (VA) and data interpretation (DI) and logical reasoning. The level of the paper is generally difficult and the exam is popular for throwing surprises every year.
From now on, your strategy should be to take two to three mock tests a week and analyse them properly. After that, prepare accordingly by filling up the gaps in your weaker areas and make your strong areas even stronger. “Focus on revising every question that you have solved during your preparation. Do not do anything new as it is unlikely that you would be able to apply anything that you learn in the last two weeks,” says Arun Sharma, a CAT expert and an author.
Take seven to eight simulated tests from now up to the CAT 2010. Between two tests, do the following:
(a) Do a rigorous analysis of your performance in the test - identify areas/ topics where you are strong/ weak, nature of mistakes committed, selecting the ‘right’ questions to solve, and where you stand
(b) Solve practice section tests and comprehensive tests to improve in identified areas of weakness and to improve your test-taking skills. Focus on ‘quality’ practice rather than simply solving too many
Some dos and don’ts to follow in the coming days:
. No let up on VA. Spend at least 45 minutes on this every day.
. If you have not done the past CAT papers, you are missing the most critical part of the CAT.
. Look back at your tests and review your mistakes.
. Build testing rhythm by taking the test at the same time that you have chosen on the D-day.