How to prepare for CAT 2019 in one month
Himanshu.shekhar, 4 days ago, #CAT
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How to Prepare for CAT 2019 in one Month - Now that the last leg of preparation for the Common Admission Test (CAT) has approached, candidates want to know how to prepare for CAT 2019 in one month. Not everyone maintains the consistency of regularly studying for the exam. Moreover, some begin their preparation well ahead of the time and also a bit curious to know as to how to prepare for CAT in one month. However, less time is not a hindrance in the path to ace CAT as it cannot be determined whether one is capable enough or not to crack CAT, on the basis of hours he or she as they prepare for CAT. Even one month’s time is adequate for the test takers who put the right number of hours to study and follow an appropriate plan. So, a good strategy, time management, relevant preparation material and mock test CAT can help the candidates come out in flying colours. Here are terrain strategies to plan for one month to make it to the top management schools of India.
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Fix Number of Hours

For few days, fix a time table and ensure that you study for at least six hours without any distraction. At this stage of the preparation for CAT, it is pertinent to stick to the time table which they have drawn for a fruitful outcome. Utilise at least 3 hours in taking the mock test and after that you must try to analyse the taken mock test. As a result candidates will get to know the answers of those questions which they had not attempted or were answered incorrectly.

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Study Material

In the last phase of the preparation, you cannot finish the complete books for different sections. Hence, there are short notes that are available in the market as well as on the internet which can prove beneficial and give the much needed boost to your preparation. As the candidates complete each topic, they should solve the questions pertaining to that section as well. This will help them to know what are their strong and weak areas.

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Brush Your Basics

Be thorough with the basic concepts so that there is no confusion as you attempt the difficult questions. Once you will be able to answer all types of questions without facing any problem. Knowing your basics well will help you to know all the aspects of the questions that are asked in the entrance exam.

CAT Mock Tests - Indispensable part of exam preparation

Mock tests of CAT are an indispensable part of exam preparation. If you do not take the mock test, then in such a case you will lose onto solving the questions without facing any difficulty. So, for those who are focussing on one month preparation for CAT 2019, they must take a mock test almost every day and analyse it as well. The reason is to avoid the mistakes which they are making in mock tests. Also, CAT mock tests will enable the candidates to learn new questions of different pattern as well.

How to prepare for CAT 2019 in one month - Segregation of time

Segregation of time according to the topics is an essential aspect of CAT preparation. During the course of preparation, every aspirant should segregate his or her time according to their understanding of topics. For example- A, who is preparing for CAT is not very confident while he solves quantitative ability questions, then in such a case, he or she will have to spend more time while preparing for quantitative ability. On the other hand another aspirant B, who is also preparing for CAT, is confident about all the topics in the quantitative ability section, but needs to work on English and Vocabulary, then such a candidate will devote more time to this particular section. In the overall course of preparation, candidates must try to cover all the topics and sections, since competitive exams are a bit unpredictable.

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What after solving sample paper, previous year paper and taking mock test? Here are a few things to do after that-

  • Candidates should know their strengths and weaknesses in each section and prepare for CAT accordingly.

  • Figure out the questions, trends and pattern on the basis of CAT previous year question papers.

  • For Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension section candidates should concentrate on solving maximum number of reading comprehension passage because they carry more weightage.

  • Now come to the lengthy section, which is data interpretation and logical reasoning, section. Candidates should focus on speed while practicing for both these sections.

  • In the last month of CAT preparation, candidates need to brush up on the formulae for quantitative aptitude section and read them everyday. Keep shortcuts, tricks and how to apply them in mind for the D-day.

  • Many CAT aspirants who are working professionals, they should make a robust plan for last month of CAT. They should utilise their weekends to the fullest.

  • Candidates should distribute time equally for all three sections.

How to prepare for CAT 2019 in One Month - Revision in last week

Keep the last week for revision only and strictly avoid studying anything which is new as it will lead to confusion. Instead, try to revise the concepts and be thorough with them as it will boost and enhance their confidence of cracking the exam.

One Section at a Time

An important aspect of “How to prepare for CAT 2019 in one month,” is to complete one section at a time as they take regular mock tests. It is crucial to get familiar with all types of questions that can be asked in CAT. For this, candidates should pick broad areas, like Data Interpretation (DI) and start solving questions.

During the last month of preparation for CAT, candidates should divide the three sections (QA, DI & LR, VARC) into broad areas. Here is the section wise test taking strategy for one month before CAT preparation.

Quantitative Aptitude- Attempt QA section into two rounds (35 minutes and 25 minutes)

  • Try to do six questions in 10 minutes.

  • Or do eight to nine questions in 15 minutes.

Data Interpretation- Section time 30 minutes (7.5 minutes for each set)

Logical Reasoning- Section time 30 minutes (7.5 minutes for each passage)

Reading Comprehension- Section time 45 minutes (Candidates can alloted 8 minutes for each passage)

Verbal Ability- 12 to 15 minutes (For all non-parajumble questions)

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