Preparing for entrance exams and competitive exams is never easy and if its the Common Admission Test (CAT), one of the toughest examinations to crack in the world, then you surely need an extra edge. Students who aspire to enroll in the best business schools in India go through grueling preparations for it.
This year, CAT is expected to be conducted in November and students have begun devoting a lot of time, effort, and energy to acing this wonderful exam.
However, to lessen the tremendous burden on students, this year the number of questions might be brought down from previous years’ pattern.
In 2020, the authorities had reduced the total time of the exam to two hours from three, in view of the mental toll on students taken by the pandemic. This length will also be used for the upcoming CAT exam.
CAT 2022: Exam Pattern
The CAT 2022 exam consists of three main sections - Quantitative Ability (QA), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC).
Aspirants must score between the 95 to 99 percentile to have a chance at these elite institutions.
As CAT is extremely competitive, aspirants need to have proper preparation to crack the exam. One of the most important tactics for successful CAT preparation is getting acquainted with shortcut techniques.
Aspirants can try these last-minute preparation tips to get that extra edge.
Clarity in Basics
Always remember basics are the answer to any problem. Make sure your notes are comprehensive on the fundamentals and that you are correctly revising them on a regular basis. Quality preparation materials can save a lot of time and energy.
Learn Quicker and Shorter Formulas
For the exam, learn shorter and easy to remember formulas. This strategy will save a lot of time while working out each problem on paper. This trick will surely help in the QA section.
Practice a Lot
Set timers and complete practise tests within the allotted time limit. Try to reduce the time with every practice test.
More Focus on Easier Questions
Avoid wasting too much time on difficult questions. In order to save time during the exam, solve simple questions first.
Familiarise With Marking Scheme
Learn how to use the current format, including marking answers, switching between questions, flagging some parts for later, etc. Several mock tests are available online to practice this trick.
Analyse Your Mock Test
Examine your mock test answers carefully. Make a note of your biggest areas of error and the other areas that require improvement. Take extra tests to correct mistakes and improve accuracy.
Keep your cool as you work through each section. If you are stuck in a difficult question, move on to easier questions and mark the challenging ones for later.