October 19, 2018
With roughly 2 months left for the CAT 2018, for admission to the coveted IIMs and other good management institutions of the country, the preparation is moving to higher gears. We look at how to proceed for the next 50 days.
For most of you, "more studies" is better but with an important caveat. Studying more will help provided you are able to concentrate and learn. If you find it difficult to concentrate or understand what you are studying, it is time to take a break. Most of you who are not working or do not have any other major demand on your time, can study 6-8 hours a day.
SIMPLE TECHNIQUES TO SCORE 100 PERCENTILE IN CAT 2018:
Power of analysis:
While taking AIMCATs seriously is extremely important for you to know your relative strengths and weaknesses, it is even more important that you analyse your performance thoroughly and have an action plan to improve upon it.
Initially taking around 1-2 mock tests per week with complete analysis and taking action based on the analysis is sufficient. By the end, taking around 2-3, full-length tests in a week will be sufficient followed by analysis.
When analysing, look at what you solved but took too much time, look at what you solved but got wrong and look at what you left but could have been solved easily. This will give you targets to work on for study.
Revision of mathematics concepts:
Revision of mathematics concepts and important formulae can be done the last one month.
For now, focus on improving your conceptual clarity. Do not memorise formulae since the CAT is not looking at your ability to memorise, but rather the ability to apply concepts. Working on lots of questions in practice tests that test your concepts is a much better approach than just working on formulae based questions.
How to tackle DI and LR?
For DI and LR, do look at all types of questions, so that there are no nasty surprises in the exam. If you are familiar with various types of problems in the exam beforehand, you are likelier to do well on the test. Your mock tests can serve as an excellent source of a large number of sets which are the level of the examination.
How to practice English for CAT exam in 2018?
For English, please note that more than two-thirds of the English section is reading oriented, whether it is RCs or reading oriented VA questions like Logical Completion of Paragraphs, Logically ordering the Paragraphs, error in usage etc.
Surely, there are some Vocabulary and Grammar questions, but the effort you put in them is not going to be as fruitful as improving reading skill. So focus more on reading.
You may continue reading some newspaper articles etc. but now the time is for solving the material provided to you, which will give you reading practice and question practice.
Do not worry too much about lots of grammar rules, new vocabulary words etc. Whatever new words you do find in a passage, that you may revise but do not focus extensively on improving vocabulary now.
Important information for CAT 2018 preparation:
Do not start anything new in the last two weeks before CAT. Focus only on strong areas in the last two weeks. Gradually reduce your study in the last 3-4 days and relax on the day before you will take CAT.
In fact, most students tend to get higher percentile in CAT than they were getting in AIMCATs. So, keep your confidence in yourself and believe that "I shall crack the CAT" till the 180 minutes of the CAT are over.
--The author, ANKUR JAIN, is Chief Knowledge Expert, T.I.M.E. Delhi
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