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Not prepared for CAT? Not to worry!
You have not gone too far with your preparation.
Begin with a reality check. With only 45 odd days of studies, you are at a disadvantage since you will be matching your wits with those steadfastly studious fellas who have been at it for over six months, if not a year. If you have not been practising your mathematics or mugging your word list and attempting your data interpretation regularly, you have to do all that and more by way of solving time bound mock tests and devising strategies to make optimum use of your skills and speed.
BACK TO BASICS
CAT is really a test about your basic fundas. Once you get your basics clear, lateral thinking is the next step to success. So brush up on your spellings, brush up your BODMAS (Brackets, Order, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction), relearn your theorems and equations and apply them in more ways than one.
The more you swot, the more you improve. Data Interpretation involves a wide volume of data and graphs. The more you study and handle them, the clearer they get. Do learn your word list for English. Look for comprehension passages that deal with subjects and issues beyond your reading preference. If you are a fiction lover, try attempting non-fiction passages on scientific discoveries, theories and philosophy. The more you attempt the passages, the easier they get, and that added confidence minimizes chances of negative marking.” Try reading the smaller editorials in the edit pages of newspapers and recalling the main points. Check your speed. You should be able to get it done in five minutes. Logic section is a grey area for many. Only repeated practice within a time limit coupled with your gut instinct can help you there.
WATCH THE CLOCK
Speed plays a key role in your overall performance. Nothing gets done without a time frame. “Remember, you will not get more than 30 to 45 seconds to answer each question. So try to answer them serially. Don’t go back and waste precious seconds. Take a calculated risk and attempt answers to questions that you are half-sure of rather than trying to figure them out later . This works best for the Logic section, where timing and accuracy are crucial.
Devise strategies in all areas. Select your core area of skill and select the questions. Five short questions in 10 minutes are better than attempting three long questions in 10 minutes. Know your strengths and weaknesses Decide on one area every week that you will work on [in order of priority], and try to convert it into an area of strength. Even a three-four mark improvement every week can make a world of difference to your actual CAT score.”
Move on to mock tests only after you are reasonably sure of your basic fundas and have improved your speed. Adds Salian, “Taking 25 to 30 of these tests will not help if they are not analyzed properly.” What is important is not ‘how many,’ but ‘how’ you take these tests. After every test, do a thorough analysis. It is quite useless solving mock tests for hours or doing too many of them (you need to solve at least 10-15in two months) when you could use that time fruitfully to develop your core areas and increase your speed. Once you are reasonably confident, attempt them and finish them on time.
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