2 weeks to CAT 2014: Preparation Strategy for Last Lap
Updated on Nov 3, 2014 - 7:03 p.m. IST by Sreetama Datta
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It is time to shift gears of your preparation for CAT 2014. Now that there are hardly 2 weeks left, it can be assumed that your basic preparation is over by now and the focus has to be shifted to revision, practice and deciding the test day strategy.

This article shares with you the guidelines for preparation and how best to utilize the remaining 15 days to CAT 2014. Here we present to you 7 tips on preparation for this last month before CAT 2014.

 

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Take Mock Tests – Taking regular mock tests should be your thumb rule now. Take mock tests at least thrice or twice in a week along with adequate analysis. Taking mock tests will help you analyze your current preparation level. Make sure you update your preparation strategy accordingly. For e.g. if you are committing too many silly mistake, then you must increase your practice and focus on accuracy. Revision should be a must after taking a mock test. “Mock exams provide an insight about your preparations and help you focus on key strategic points like performance, strengths, speed, technique and pattern of questions. A considerable time should be spent in analyzing the performances thereafter. Focus on your strengths and decide on a time management strategy,” says Soumik Biswas who obtained 99.94 percentile in CAT 2013 and pursuing PGP from IIM Indore.

The official website of CAT has also made the CAT Mock Test available which is a must take. Although the questions would not depict the difficulty level or the syllabus, you will definitely get well accustomed about the navigation system and features of the test.

Strengthen your weaknesses – There is still some scope of improvement for those areas which you are not too comfortable with. Unless you have not even touched those areas, you should give your best to at least recognize the way to answer the question on those topics. Although it is fine to leave out certain areas but you must not totally siphon them. As Vinayak Kudva, Head, PG, IMS Learning says, “With 50 questions to a section, you cannot afford to leave questions out. If you leave out Modern Math entirely, you have narrowed your selection to only the easy questions in Arithmetic and Algebra.” Who knows, with regular practice and expert guidance, your weak points might turn to your strengths!

Don’t start any new topics – Now that there is less than 1 month to go for CAT 2014, you should not start any new topics. At this short duration you would neither be able to grasp it well nor will it help you during the test. You should rather utilize the time in revision. “Don’t start any new topic in this stage. Leave out the uncomfortable areas and select the questions carefully. However, if the topic carries high weight, it is advisable that you get the basic idea so that you can clear the cut off,” says Kamlesh Sajnani, MD, IMS Learning.

Revise and practice well – Apart from taking mock tests, the rest of the time should be utilized in preparing well to make your stand better than that of your last mock test performance. Revise your weak areas and practice your strengths to be at an edge. For revision purpose, go to any extent for clearing your doubts. Be it your 10+2 level NCERT books or notes from mentors, following question and solution method shared by experts or approaching your guide from coaching institutes for better understanding of the subject matter. Gavin D’Souza, who got 99.49 percentile in CAT 2013 and IIT Bombay SJMSoM student mentions, “To improve my weak area I dedicated more time practicing it. I would understand concepts and then practice sums to make sure that I was exam ready. Another benefit of solving a lot of sums is that getting it right gives your confidence a boost.”

Finalize your test taking strategy – Since this year onwards your sections would not be time bound anymore like the previous years, you have to manage the time tactfully. With a standard number of mock tests, you must have recognized the strategy or the test taking methodology which suits you the best. By now, you should have a final strategy in hand which must include the points like,

  • Section to start with
  • Time to allot in each section and subsection
  • Time to allot for each question
  • Buffer time for revision and attempting Marked questions
  • Selecting back up questions to attempt in case your shortlisted questions turn out to be time consuming

Talking about the exam taking strategy, Sandeep Manudhane, Chairman, PT Education suggests, “The best strategy is to take first what you are best at. Do as much of that as possible, mark all answers accordingly, take a stock of the situation, and having thus completed that preferred section (test area) of yours, move on to the test area you are 'second-best' at. Then repeat this process, move on to your 'third-best' area. And so on.”

Visit CAT website regularly – Regular visit to the official website will ensure the fact that you do not miss out on any important information or update on CAT 2014. You would also be able to take the CAT 2014 Mock Test, download the CAT 2014 Admit Card, know the Dos and Don’ts for the exam day by watching the test day video, editing profile etc. More importantly, the scoring procedure of CAT will also be revealed soon in the website. Hence, keep yourself updated about the test by visiting the website at least once a day.

Prepare for other exams along side: As many of you are taking IIFT 2014 exam as well, it is very important to prepare simultaneously for IIFT entrance test. Since the date of the IIFT entrance test is November 23, you will get a week or less than a day after CAT to focus on the test. Hence you should start preparing for the test well in advance. Although the sections are same, the General Knowledge section is the differentiator. So along with your preparation on Quant, Verbal, DI and LR, take out time for GK as well. Regular reading of newspapers and catching up with news would not only help you in cracking GK but also for your WAT, GD and PI rounds later.

Also Read:

CAT 2014 - Time Management Strategy for the Exam Day

CAT 2014: Get the section wise preparations strategy

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