As the CAT exam is a month to go. This is the most critical question in the mind of almost 2Lac Students. Is there any simple answer to the question? Not really- but what we can do, is follow an approach that simplifies our preparation and ensure we are well prepared to Bell the CAT.
Strategy to Prepare for CAT
Studying/preparing for exam itself is usually a very boring exercise something which most of us would like to avoid. But when we crack it we have fun. Eventually appearing for competitive entrance exams are very often than not a regular feature in any student’s life. Starting from pre-nursery admissions to post graduate courses given the limited number of seats in the prestigious schools, colleges and other courses, the competition is bound to rise.
A SWOT analysis.
The first step for acing CAT involves analyzing your strengths and weakness. We can reach to the destination well if we know the start point. We need to understand our strengths and weaknesses for any test preparation. This is important because, we will create our plan to turn our weaknesses into strengths and ignore certain weaknesses if they are not important from exam.
Plan a Head.
This plays the major role to prepare for any exam. Nobody can ignore the importance of planning when doing any important task, and if it is for preparing for the CAT exam, we should be even more careful. The Study Plan should be created for yourself weekly, we should be assigning some chapters to study every week so that we are able to complete our syllabus in time.
Know well about your Syllabus.
After knowing how to read it is equally imp to know what to read. First, for each of these sections, prepare a list of topics and sub-topics. We need to remember that the best route to our conquest is one we know. Second, carry out a quick analysis of all these topics and sub-topics, and classify them into three categories: strong, mediocre and weak.
There are three major sections that are present in the CAT exam:-
1- Quantitative Ability.
This section depends 100% on conceptual clarity. Ensure you basic fundamentals for the subject are in place. Also, make sure you practice tests in a phased manner, progressing from easy to difficult problems
CAT Data Interpretation requires good calculation skills, ability to interpret and analyze data and ability to identify traps in the question. In Data Interpretation, being exposed to numerous question types can help you understand the problem better. So make sure to practice different types of sets and expose yourself to as many kinds of possibilities. Logical Reasoning can be started by solving puzzles. These help to establish a certain familiarity with reasoning problems, and also provide you different kinds of approaches and tricks used by question setters in the actual exam.
3-Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.
Verbal Ability is a tricky portion in CAT. It requires having an understanding of CAT grammar and vocabulary question types, coupled with various forms of reasoning and in-depth understanding of comprehensions. The exam actually wants you to adopt a holistic approach to the exam, and pay sufficient attention to the three parts that constitute any language: Reading, Grammar and Vocabulary.
Practice Makes It Perfect.
Practice, practice and practice till we are perfect at the chapter and then move ahead. The strong areas require regular revision and test practice, the mediocre ones require a revisit of the concepts, and the weak areas need extra time and attention. Remember that simply solving tests would be of no use if we are not clear with the concepts. So need to give extra attention to the concept section of the topic.