If you are preparing for the CAT examination then here are few important guidelines on how to prepare for the CAT examination and obtain the highest score.
Analyze and plan: Analyze the syllabus and plan accordingly your strategy to learn all the essential topics necessary to clear the CAT exam with flying colours.
There are 4 main part of the CAT syllabus:
- 1. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
- 2. Quantitative Ability
- 3. Data Interpretation
- 4. Logical Reasoning
First of all understand the syllabus and the complexity of questions that are asked in the past years, based on it then decide which section is your strength and in which section you are comparatively weak.
After you know your strength and weakness, concentrate on both your strength and weakness, from the past papers you may get a brief idea about the questions and to what degree of complexity, again it is CAT examination so it is not possible to anticipate how or which type of questions will be asked next year but still past papers are worth going through to find your strength and weakness and consolidate your skills on the various topics from the four section of exam.
Dedicate your study hours according to your current level of efficiency and accuracy of solving the problems.
Understand all the basic concepts: Understand the core concepts in depth to answer complex problems, you should have sound knowledge of all the basic concepts and idea of how to apply it on the problems so no matter how twisted the questions are asked still you can counter it.
Make a list of all formulas and tricks: Make a list of all the important formulas and grammar rules, so it will be quite easy to revise just before you are practicing in mock tests.
In the CAT examination sometimes questions takes so much of your precious time to solve and obtain the correct answer, for such type of questions there are short cut tricks which should also be well documented and referred to save crucial time in solving the problems, prior to appear for exam.
It will help you to decide whether you need to invest your time on a particular problem or just move to the next one, as time management is of extreme concern.
Practice problems for accuracy and time management: It is very essential that you obtain the correct answer of the question that you attempt so the invested time will yield some marks, practice enough problems related to grammar and different logical problems to eventually get high accuracy and with accuracy you should also improve your solving pace to get things done in the bounded time.
If you are good at solving or answering in case of grammar section but if you will lack in time then all your knowledge will be in vain, in CAT exam time management is kind of a fifth section for which also you need to develop skills to crack the CAT exam with high merit.
Solve previous year’s papers: When you feel you are ready to face the challenges of the CAT then go for solving previous year’s papers, it will give you exposure of pressure and time management required to attempt the maximum possible questions in the given time frame.
Solve as many as possible past papers, it will be a significant confidence booster.
Revise all the formulas: At the last moment stop solving more problems and papers, revise all the formulas from the document you have created while preparing for the topics, go through all the concepts, formulas and basic rules prior to CAT examination.
Revise the documented material that you created by yourself while studying, as it is created by yourself it will be like going back to the trail you left.
After preparing with all your dedicated efforts, give your best! Do not let pressure shake your confidence. Stay calm and relax and answer the CAT paper.