CMAT 2019: Last Week Tips to Ace the Test
Ranjini Basu, 16 Jan 2019, #CMAT
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CMAT 2019: Last week tips to ace the test - National Testing Agency, popular as NTA will be conducting the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2019 on Monday, January 28 in two shifts - morning shift (9:30 AM to 12:30 PM) and afternoon shift (2:30 PM to 5:30 PM). CMAT exam is a computer-based test of three hours. By now, prospective test takers are almost ready to face the CMAT question paper on January 28 as they are left with only a  week's time for the D-day. While some experts say that it is best to stay away from books, others say that a little revision will not do any harm. Careers360, in this article, provides valuable tips to be followed in the last week of test to ace CMAT exam and secure a high percentile to fetch admission in their dream management institutes.

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As per most experts, in the last week, there is not much a candidate can do to change their preparation status drastically. However, with the following tips, one can get prepared for the final performance. Firstly, it is imperative to be thorough with the CMAT 2019 Exam Pattern.

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CMAT 2019: Last week tips to ace the test 

CMAT 2019 is a computer-based objective type multiple choice question exam of three hours.  There are four sections, Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness, each consisting of 25 questions. The total number of questions to be answered is 100 and the total marks are 400. Now, it is time to begin with the CMAT 2019 last week tips and strategy.

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1.  Keep taking mock tests

You can take a couple of mock tests in the remaining few days. “Ideally you can take two mock tests in a week. Once you take a mock test, analyze your performance thoroughly and avoid the mistakes in the next mock test and more importantly on the exam day,” suggests Gautam Puri, Vice Chairman, Career Launcher. Lagnajit Das, CMAT 2017 AIR 2 shares, "I solved as many CMAT mock series as possible to get a grip on my weak areas."

2.  Avoid starting a new topic

Now that you have a few days left for the exam, there is no point in starting a new topic. However, if CMAT 2019 is your first attempt in the MBA entrance exam, then you can make the choice of the topics you are absolutely confident about and leave the rest of the topics which you are not comfortable in.

3. Revise the basics 

If your basics are clear, then no matter how tough or tricky the question is, you will be able to solve the questions. Arks Srinivas, CEO-MBA Group, Career Launcher says, “The difficulty level of the CMAT exam mostly ranges from easy to moderate. Hence having the basics brushed up will help you in solving the majority of the questions.”

4.  Manage Time on the Test Day

It is important for every student to not to get stuck in a question and waste time over it, rather, mark and leave that question for the end. Do easy questions first and mark the difficult ones for the end, this helps in completing most of the questions within the test duration. On time management, CMAT Topper Supreet explains, “I started with Quant section and dedicated 45 minutes to it and skipped 2-3 tough questions. And then started with Reasoning, gave another 40-45 minutes to it. I found 1-2 questions time consuming so I skipped them too. Then for the Verbal section, I gave another 45 minutes and completed all the questions. After that, I attempted 25 questions of General Awareness that took around 10 minutes. By dividing the time efficiently in the end I had 5-6 skipped questions to attempt and 20-25 minutes left”. 

CMAT 2019 Section Wise Strategy:

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

This section will have questions related to areas in Arithmetic, higher mathematics, Permutation & Combination, Geometry and Algebra etc. In the subsection Data Interpretation, Bar Graph and tables questions will be asked. This section is easy for you to crack if you practice. It is also important to not to get stuck with a question while attempting the test. 

Logical Reasoning

The main topics of the Logical Reasoning section will be Linear Arrangements, Blood Relations, Visual Reasoning and Coding Decoding. It is best to solve mocks and practice from last year question papers. 

CMAT topper, Amitrajit shares his experience about CMAT LR section, he says, “The toughest was Logical Reasoning, actually more of time-consuming. LR takes a lot of time to solve as it does not follow a pattern. This section has random questions which are based on a different logic, so it consumes time to read, think and solve them. Language and QT were moderate for me."

Language Comprehension 

The Reading Comprehension and English Usage areas comprise the Language Comprehension section. This section might seem easy but could be tricky. Candidates must be careful while answering this section. In order to get a good score in this section, you need to have analytical and vocabulary skills. 

Apart from Reading Comprehension, the other areas included will be Verbal Reasoning, Grammar, Para Jumble, Fact Inference Judgment, Vocabulary and Fill in the Blanks. In order to get a good score in this section, you need to have analytical and vocabulary skills. 

General Awareness 

This section might be easy and will have questions related to banking, sports, arts and culture, geography, history, politics, business etc.  Cracking the section won’t be difficult for those who are in touch with current affairs. Lagnajit says. “To strengthen this section, I made sure that I read a newspaper daily. With that, I was able to keep myself updated with the latest happenings around the world.”


Best wishes to all the CMAT 2019 aspirants! 


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