My annual rath yatra for Smart Quant Cracker makes a pit stop at Delhi on August 28. Having covered over 15 cities already, its a home coming of sorts for the Delhi event.
Many students have not been able to handle the new pattern CAT. As expected, time management and selection of questions proved to be the biggest problems in this pattern. While VALR was not really a problem, most of the students were unable to apply the 3 Round strategy in QADI. To explain the process of test taking I attempted the New Pattern Mock CAT 1 and am sharing the process that I followed in attempting the paper.
In continuation to the video – “New Pattern Decoded” by GP, Gejo Sreenivasan brings the strategies that CAT 2014 taker can adapt to maximize returns. Each of these insights can be invaluable.
Has CAT changed its stripes again? Along with my esteemed colleagues, with a cumulative experience of over 200 years of facilitating thousands of aspirants (many of who are CXOs now) reach the portals of IIMs in the last 20 years, analyzed the various ‘avtaars’ of CAT that have appeared during this period to come out with the incisive insights encapsulated in this presentation.
This is the second in the series of articles on ensuring that every Mock CAT helps you improve your scores. While the first one Are you choosing the right questions in your Mocks was on classifying the questions in different categories and identifying the right questions to attempt in (Mock) CAT, this one suggests what all you must do after every Mock CAT you take.
Students focus on writing the Mocks and some even go to the extent of a taking a Mock CAT every day. After the paper they check their scores and move on to the next paper. To understand how the Mock CATs should be handled we need to first understand the purpose of Mock CATs.
If a poll was conducted among CAT aspirants on the most hated question type in English section, possibly Sentence Correction and Para Completion would top the charts. Unfortunately the prerequisite for doing well in both these question types would mean going back in time and inculcating a “good reading habit”. You will rarely find someone who has been reading regularly not doing well in these question types. Obviously, going back in time is ruled out and since we are targeting CAT 2014, which is just 3 months away, “develop a good reading habit” is stupid advice.
In my last blogpost The single-most unpardonable, gravest sin you can commit in CAT,
I discussed the importance of leaving difficult questions. Let us now look at a related and equally important aspect of test taking – Are you choosing the right questions to attempt?
Most of the time the reason for poor performance is not lack of knowledge but poor question selection. To check if your question selection is upto the mark or not, take the last Mock CAT attempted by you and place each question of the paper in one of the cells in the table given below. You have to, based on your strengths & weakness, decide if a particular question should or should not have been attempted by you and then place it in the appropriate cell.
I have always maintained that in order to do well in CAT and other MBA entrance exams, while it is important to know what you know, it is equally important – if not more important – to know what you do not know or know only partially. In all these papers, the task in front of us is to ensure that we not only maximize attempts of questions that we are confident of solving but also minimize wastage of time by quickly leaving questions that we are not confident of solving. Continue Reading
Here is the ugly truth that no one tells you about taking the CAT – in your quest of attempting as many questions as you can, you are actually giving yourself more chances to screw up. The more questions you attempt – the greater the chances of silly mistakes and of missing the sitters. Which brings me to the most unpardonable sin you can commit in CAT – the greed of attempting more and more questions.
Understanding of a Paper (or a section) along with the understanding of own strengths and weakness are the two essential blocks of deciding the strategy for attempting it. To understand the section, let us look at the question types that appear in English or the VA section of MBA entrance test and look at the skills required to answer them and also simultaneously look at my comfort level with each of these question types.