“The secret of success in life is for a person to be ready for his opportunity when it comes”, said Benjamin Diserali. So, when CAT examination comes a knocking the door, be sure that you need to tackle it to the best of your ability. A combination of strategy, well preparedness and brushed up skills will take you a long way ahead here.
Let us look at a few things you need to know and do to keep you a notch ahead from the hoard of test takers across the country.
Strategies to adopt during the preparatory stage for CAT Examination:
- Identify your weaknesses — Jot down the study topics and list your strengths and weaknesses in columns. Once you have identified your weak areas, attack them with regular, timed practise. Repeat till it no longer is a chink in your armor.
- Build a schedule and stick to it. This is essential. Divide the time you want to devote to Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC).
- Let mocks help you in the journey. Treat them as the real test and it will dramatically improve your chances of qualifying. If you have taken a few already, you know what we mean.
- Make your studies seem fun rather than a chore. Involve and take help from family to help with preparations and morale boosting. Use pin-ups, colorful stick-ons, flash cards, games, abbreviations, songs, etc. to pep the routine up.
- Create a study group and tabulate the progress. Collaboration often leads to health completion and a pooling of resources.
Beat the blues of Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section:
- Pick a chapter that you wish to study.
- Mark the difficult questions.
- Stay focused and limited to one chapter, or even less. Remember, if you don’t absorb, it is no good.
- Repeat the revision till you are sure about your command over it
- Mocks. Mocks. Mocks. Take a lot of them.
Beat the blues of Quant section:
- Brush up your math skills. There is no shortcut to Quantitative Analysis.
- Time your solutions and strive to get fast, faster, fastest.
- If you have access to IIT/JEE material, use it for the tougher topics such as Permutations & Combinations, Geometry, Probability, Functions
- Using tougher IIT/JEE material in addition to CAT textbooks will help you gain confidence while solving the easier ones.
Beat the blues of the Verbal and Reading comprehension section:
Do not have habit to read much? Then you definitely got to try and work on building a good vocabulary.
- Reading helps so try pick up newspapers, books, journals, blogs, all of them, at least with CAT standing close to you.
- Make learning fun with the use of flashcards, apps and games.
- Try keeping a record of what you learn and go over it in rotation.
- Helpful newspapers : The Hindu, Economic Times and Mint. Yes, subscribe to them if you haven’t already.
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