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Students rush for mock CATs

HT and T.I.M.E. conduct free mock CATs; two more test papers and a strategy session to follow in the next month.

india Updated: Sep 09, 2008 16:14 IST

Hindustan Times and coaching institute Triumphant Institute of Management Education (T.I.M.E.) organised the second leg of the free mock Common Admission Test (CAT) papers on Sunday. More than 60 students who registered for the mock papers took the test at 10 T.I.M.E. centres in the city. After this, two more mock CATs will be held on October 5 and 12.

“The mock CATs serve as a practice tool for students who are taking the CAT this year,” said Madhukar Kamat, centre head, T.I.M.E. Dadar. He added that an interesting trend was that students who were preparaing for CAT the following year year also took the test to start preparing from now. “There was a student for the mock CAT who wanted to appear for CAT 2010,” he said. Kamat said his to advice to students would be: be as serious in a mock CAT as you would be during the CAT. “Students should start off with what is called their comfort zone — the easiest of the three sections. It helps boost confidence,” he said. Taking mock CATs at regular intervals help you check your percentile growth with each passing test, he added.

<b1>Said 20-year-old Shiraz Ali Khan, a final-year student from MMK College who took the mock CAT in Santa Cruz: “I will appear for the CAT for the first time this year. The mock prepared me on what to expect this year.” He added that he realised that he needed to work on his concepts in the Quantitative Ability section. “The mock papers are prepared to be very similar to the actual CAT in terms of number of questions, time duration, etc. Only that the difficulty level of the mock papers is a little more. This helps the students to crack the CAT easily,” said Sunil Deora, marketing team, T.I.M.E. Mumbai.

Students who took the mock CAT can get a detailed analysis of their attempt on the T.I.M.E. website(www.time4education.com), which will include an area-wise rank, section-wise cut-off and individual feedback on every question — results will be up on Thursday and students can log on to the website and use their registration number as user id and date of birth in DDMMYY format as password to check the results. Any student who has registered once can also attend these workshops.

To register for the next free mock CAT sessions, students need to send an SMS: htmba to 54242, following which they will receive a registration number. Registering students need not necessarily be T.I.M.E. students. Students who have taken the free mock papers will also be entitled to attend a strategy session on September 28 at Ruia College, Dadar, between 9 am and 12 noon. The strategy session will help students gauge an idea of where they stand in the preparation. T.I.M.E. counselors will also offer tips.