ABOUT THE CAT SO FAR:
- First and foremost, the first day CAT experience for most of the test-takers has been remarkably better.
- Not to say that there were no glitches or technical problems, but the staff was better-equipped to handle such issues this year.
- Very few test-takers were hassled by the delays/disruptions caused due to issues like authentication failure and software snags. We would advise you to be ready for such glitches and not let them affect your test performance.
- The test had 60 questions that had to be solved in 140 minutes. The first section is based on Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation while the second section is based on Verbal Ability and Logical reasoning). Both section had 30 questions each. The questions of a particular area are clubbed together.
- Most of the candidates found Verbal/LR to be moderately easy and Quant/DI to be relatively tough.
- An overall attempt of 45-50 questions was reported by most of the good candidates with 20-24 questions attempted across both sections.
- An attempt of around 20-25 questions with an 85% accuracy should get you a 95+ percentile in each of the sections.
- Last but not the least, a quick round up of all the BRMs and class-sheets should serve you well in the last few days to the CAT. Additionally, taking/analysing the last 3-4 SimCATs and solving questions from the CAT 500 booklet should be an effective way to fine-tune your test-taking skills in the final lap to the CAT
A few tips for the D-Day:
- Stay calm and focused. Do not stress yourself by worrying.
- On the eve of the CAT,
a. sleep early and ensure that you are fresh the next day.
- On the test day:
a. Ensure that you carry your Admit Card and original photo identification document as specified by the CAT administrators.
b. Reach the test venue well before the reporting time: plan for any exigencies.
- While taking the test:
a. Read the instructions carefully
b. Be careful while marking the options - every year I have heard of students who have missed out due to silly mistakes while marking the options.
c. If you are stuck with the solution of a question, leave it. You can return to the question later, if time permits.
d. Mentally break the test into shorter tests-carry the success in one mini-test to the next, but leave any failure behind.
e. Watch the clock: With test now having sectional time limits, the value of timing yourself and sticking to your time limits cannot be stressed upon enough.
- Think Positive: DO NOT GIVE UP AT ANY STAGE. In the end, it’s not just about your strengths or weaknesses in each section or the number of attempts, etc., but also about your self esteem and your belief in giving yourself a fighting chance. For all you know, you may perform relatively better than the others.