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SimCAT Analysis

Wondering how you performed in IMS SimCATs? Watch our IMS Experts break down SimCAT and how you should have attempted it!

SimCAT 1 Expert’s Take

Now that the first SimCAT of the season is over, it’s time to know more about it.

Why should you have taken SimCAT 1?

  • It was meant to make you aware of what it takes to take a full length 3 hour test.
  • It was meant to take you from solving individual questions to taking a full length test under actual test conditions; an experience that is altogether different.
  • It was supposed to challenge you on multiple levels - the clock ticking continuously, every second not spent on answering the questions adding to the pressure, every question half solved puts you in the quandary as to what to do and so on and so forth.
  • It was meant for you to benchmark your current level of preparation and create a plan to smartly tackle the requirements for CAT 2018.

If your performance in SimCAT-1 was below your expectations because you were unable to handle these multiple tasks simultaneously, don't lose heart. Remember that CAT is more than six months away. Your journey has just started.

What is important is to take learnings from your SimCAT 1 performance and focus on a smart plan to do your best on the D-day.

SimCAT 1 Experts’ Take & Analysis


Don’t let your performance in one section affect your performance in the following sections. After an apparently “bad” DI/LR performance, when students start their QA section, they are mostly under the impression that they have messed up and would be unable to clear the sectional cut-offs and as a result, almost ‘give up’ on the QA section. Ironically such students clear the sectional cut-off in DI-LR section but fail to clear the cut-off in QA section. SimCAT 1 was developed to induce a similar situation.

To tackle such situations, remember that you have a sectional time-limit and once the time for the given section is over, there is nothing you can do to change your responses on that section. If that is the case, it would not make sense to worry about that and let it affect your performance on the following section.

Also remember that if a particular section was difficult for you, it was difficult for most other students and as a result, the cut-off in that section will most probably be low. In that case, even a lower absolute score will help you clear the cut-off. The reverse is true for an easy section.

Toppers not only solve questions differently, but also solve different questions. Analysis of the performance in DI-LR and QA sections reveals an interesting pattern. Average attempt of top 10 percentilers was about 50% to 70% more than that of all students.

How did they do it? A simple example will make it clear. The last set in DI (Q.13 to 16) was attempted by only 19% of all students, but only 10% of all top 10 percentilers. On the other hand Q.15 in QA was actually attempted by fewer percent of top 10 percentilers than all students.

What does this indicate? This indicates that top 10 percentilers spotted that these questions were slightly painful to attempt so they did not spend too much time over those questions and moved to next questions. In fact, one important reason why students who scored in the top 10 percentiles were able to do so is that they avoided more painful questions and solved easier questions. Remember that the clock is ticking while you are taking the test. The CAT is as much about the questions you avoid as it is about the questions you attempt.

Remember that getting into a Bschool of your choice is more important than getting a particular question right. If a particular question seems to take a long time, don’t make it an ego issue by thinking ‘why can’t I solve this question?’ OR ‘How can I not solve this algebra question. I’m good at Algebra. ’ Skip that question for the time being and come back to it later if time permits. You would be better-off utilizing the time for other straightforward questions. You don’t have to (or rather you should not) solve the questions in the order in which they appear. In order to maximize your score, it makes sense to solve all the easy and doable questions first irrespective of where they are located. Bag those marks, pluck the low hanging fruits first and then worry about other more difficult questions, if time permits.

SimCAT-1 is over. What next?

Now that the test is over, the most important requirement is to analyze the test. But how do you analyse?

  1. Solve all the questions independently without referring to the solutions.
  2. After the questions are solved, refer to the solutions.
  3. Ask yourself the following questions:
    1. Could you get the questions right on your own?
    2. If it was right, was your method the shortest or did the solutions offer a better method to solve the question?
    3. If it was wrong, why did you get it wrong?
      1. If you did not understand the question at all or could not figure out a method to solve the question, you definitely need to revisit all the related concepts.
      2. If you got it wrong because of a silly mistake, be more vigilant and don’t repeat the same mistake the next time such a question appears.
  4. At this time, when the actual CAT is about 6 months away, your priority should be on getting all the concepts right.
  5. Make sure that you solve all the BRMs and class sheets to become more familiar with the various types of questions.

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Avail Attractive waivers on IMS CAT 2018 programs based on your performance. The Waivers applicable are mentioned here:

SimCAT 1 Percentile Waivers Applicable
  Classroom Correspondence Test Series
Above 99 percentile Flat 30% waiver Flat 50% waiver Flat 60% waiver
Above 95 percentile Flat  25% waiver Flat 30% waiver Flat 40% waiver
85-95 percentile Flat 20% waiver Flat 25% waiver Flat 30% waiver
Any one taken the test Flat 10% waiver Flat 15% waiver Flat 20% waiver

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