How to Crack CAT 2012
CAT Test not only checks your basic quantitative and verbal skills, but also time management, Right selection and planning skills. As the Indian Institutes of Management have chosen the CBT (computer-based test) mode for the Common Admission Test. Students have to adopt themselves to the to the new format. Now students have write the test on the computer with key board instead of paper. Aspirants must try a lots of computer-based mock CATs to get used to the new method of writing exam. One need not get tensed about CBT as it will be similar to the paper-based one, where you can scan through questions and sections, review questions already seen and can come back to a difficult question.
Exam Dates: October 11 to November 6, 2012
Last date for Registration: September 19, 2012
The CAT 2012 will have only two sections instead of three. The first section will focus on Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation; the second on Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. These two sections will be implemented sequentially with separate time limits. The examination will be 140 minutes. Candidates will have 70 minutes to answer 30 questions within each section which will have an on-screen countdown timer. Once the time ends for the first section, they will move to the second and will no longer be able to go back.
A student can score maximum marks in CAT by following the below criteria
- Improving their fundamentals and concepts
- Pin Point Strategy in Preparation
- Self assessment of their performance in different sections in quantitative, verbal ability and logical & data interpretation
- More practice of computer-based mock CATs
- Attempting maximum number of Questions
- Maintaining Accuracy
- Choosing the easy and known questions first.
Pin Point Preparation Strategy
Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability You should focus on strengthening your skills by reading a wide range of non-fiction topics like rural development, space research etc in the e-book, e-paper or internet blog forms to help you do well in the online format.
Focusing on basic principles can fetch you good marks from this section. Strategic preparation by dividing the topics will be more useful. Don’t try for instant answers; instead practice questions using basic formulae to get answers.
This section requires no basic formulae. You should focus on understanding and analyzing the given statements carefully. One has to analyze the given statements in all the possible ways. Concentration plays a vital role in this section.
Do not set any minimum number of questions to be attempted as your target. Going by the past few years’ CAT papers, ambiguity and close options are likely, so proceed with caution while attempting the verbal section.