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Preparing MBA Entrance Exam

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With just over 4 weeks left for CAT it is time for us to move on to the next stage of preparation. While the earlier stages of preparation were about building up of fundamentals, application of concepts, exposure to MCQs, increasing speed and working out strategies for various types of questions, the focus of this stage of preparation is to ensure accuracy with speed.

 

This stage of preparation is also a stage of confusion. Do I have sufficient knowledge to tackle the paper? Which topics can I afford to leave?  How many Mock CATs should I take? What to do in the run up to CAT?

 

The Plan of these 4 Weeks
In these 4 weeks to CAT, focus only on three things: Practice – Analysis – Revision. Let us understand this in detail:

 

Practice: solve CAT papers are the only things you should consider to keep you in shape for the D-day. Do not worry about the funda books, in fact you can even throw these books away. You should however be revising the important MCQs in the funda books. The focus has to be taking tests (Mock CAT, Past CAT papers and Section tests) under actual test condition so that you are CAT-ready.

 

Please ensure that all tests are taken at the same time that you have chosen for CAT. So if your CAT is scheduled at 10 am, all test should be taken at 10 am.

 

Past CAT papers should not be taken as a whole but in the form of section tests. The time limit for past CAT papers should be 2 minutes per question hence a section of 40 questions should be attempted in 80 minutes. While questions from all the past CAT papers (1990 – 2008) are important, you should ensure that the following CAT papers are definitely attempted:

 

For DI: CAT 1990 to 1999

For VA: CAT 1997 to 2008

For RC CAT 2000 to 2008

For LR CAT 1999 to 2008

For QA CAT 1995 to 2008

 

How to manage all three?

My suggested plan is a 3 day cycle of Practice, Analysis & Revision. This would ensure that not only are the Mock CATs, past CAT papers of (with analysis) but also revision is not neglected. Your schedule could be as given below:

 

Day 1: Practice (Mock CAT) & Analysis

Mock CAT and Analysis of the test.

One section test of QADI or VALR or one section test of past CAT paper or questions.

 

 

Day 2 : Practice (Section Test) and Analysis

  1. One section test each of QADI and VALR or section tests from past CAT papers with detailed analysis.
    2. Questions from Past year paper.

 

Day 3: Revision

Revision of important questions from all Mock CATs and Past CAT papers taken so far.

Day 4: Practice (Mock CAT) and Analysis

 

Mock CAT and Analysis of the test.

One section test of QADI or VALR or one section test of past CAT paper or questions

 

Day 5:  Practice (Section Test) and Analysis

  1. One section test each of QADI and VALR or section tests from past CAT papers with detailed analysis.
    2. Questions from Past sample paper.

 

Day 6: Revision

Revision of important questions from all Mock CATs and Past CAT papers taken so far.

Obviously, based on your specific needs you should modify the above plan.

All the best

 

The author is a faculty by profession and imparts education/training for Common Admission Test (CAT) exam. For more details, you can visit www.careerlauncher.com and get information on all entrance tests, Online coaching, notifications, results and exam analysis.

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