With the countdown on for CAT 2017, the moods and anxieties are varied. Some of you will be studying hard, some may be fine-tuning the strategy, some of you will be looking for shortcuts, while a few will be quite confident! Here is a list of Dos and Don’ts in the run-up to the CAT on November 26.
Have a positive attitude
Be positive, you know you have prepared well, and that positivity will help you keep your spirits high and give you confidence. If YOU believe YOU can, only then will YOU taste success!
Set/review your goals
Give yourself a realistic goal for the CAT (if you haven’t yet), and if you have already done so, see how you can achieve it. Take into account your current performance in mock-tests while setting this goal. Decide your daily study hours; create a study plan, and stick to it.
Firm up your test strategy
Now is the time you freeze your test-taking strategy – and get used to it. You need to fix the order in which you will attack the questions within a section. Finalize the time you have allotted yourself across areas and questions. Maximise your attempts in a section by applying the ABC approach – as we have always recommended in our test-taking strategy workshops at IMS.
Practise with a purpose
Now is the time when you have a definite objective to your practising. Don’t simply take simulated test after test just for the sake of it! Try and identify areas where you can improve in the limited period available and also those that give you the highest returns in the test. Since the CAT is a computer-based test, it’s quite obvious that you should be practising on the computer – imagine not being comfortable with the CAT software on the day of the test.
Practise with a PC, practise with friends
Group preparation can be very helpful, giving you various perspectives that will help you during the CAT. But ensure that you work with friends who have a goal similar to yours – warna har ek friend kamzori hota hai!!
Be disciplined in your practice
Make sure to practise in a distraction-free environment. Take a practice test like the actual test, and focus on the task at hand. Keep track of time while you’re practising. You will soon know what a 10 or 20 or 30 minute stretch feels like!
Create formula charts for ready reference
Post these charts on your bedroom walls, cupboards, study table, PC desktop — in short, wherever you will be forced to see them on a regular basis.
At this juncture, with less than a month, don’t try to mug up anything, or cram new concepts into your head. If you haven’t understood a concept by now, it certainly won’t lodge itself in your brain overnight.
Questions to solve per day
Choose these questions randomly across areas and question types.
- Solve 35 to 50 Math questions per day. Time: 100-120 minutes.
- Solve TWO DI sets every alternate day. Time: 30-45 minutes.
- Solve TWO LR sets every alternate day. Time: 30-45 minutes.
- Solve 20 to 25 VA questions per day. Time: 30-45 minutes.
- Solve 1 RC passage per day. Time: 30 minutes.
Take a simulated test every 3 to 4 days
Make sure you take this test regularly and analyse your performance, review your progress against set benchmarks. Execute your test strategy and build your test stamina. Also, try and take the test in the slot in which you’ll take the CAT. This will give you an idea of how you will perform.
Don’t keep looking for the light at the end of the tunnel!
You need to endure the length of the journey to reach the end.
Nov 25: The Day before
Don’t overstrain yourself
For instance, taking three simulated or mock tests back to back is quite a bad idea. In fact, I would recommend that you don’t take any test at all.
Find out where your test centre is
Make sure you know how to reach there, how long it’ll take to get there, and plan accordingly.
Be ready with all you need to carry
Don’t wait till the last minute to collect everything. Remember to carry your admit card and the required ID proof as mandated.
Relax in the evening – watch a movie
Take the evening off to do something fun and relaxing. And don’t do anything stressful that might disrupt your emotional balance. De-stress by watching any comedy movie or your favourite sitcom. Have a good night’s sleep and be fresh for the D-Day.
Do not give up at this stage – it is important that you reach as close to your destination as possible and who knows that might just be sufficient to get you through THIS YEAR!!
ALL THE BEST!!