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Way2k 12 Oct 2012
How to score in CAT 2012

With less than three months to go for CAT 2012, it is imperative that those serious about making it to the IIMs change gears on their preparation. Some students may wonder if they can really crack the CAT, after the initial set of Mocks. But, if one can identify the weak areas and put in focused effort, the CAT will be easier. Let’s look at the areas in CAT and discuss how one can improve on them.

How to score in CAT 2012

  • Reading Comprehension: CAT has traditionally been an RC centric paper, for English. The number of passages varies from 3 to 4 with 3 to 4 questions per passage. Read on diverse topics, target all direct questions followed by partially inferential questions. During the Test: don’t spend more than 10 mins per passage and ensure that all passages are looked at.
  • Verbal Ability: This includes grammar and word based questions. For grammar, ensure you practice on the rules of Grammar. For word based questions spend 30 mins daily going through a list of most commonly misused words like homophones etc. The root-prefix-suffix method for word learning can help solve fill in the blanks questions in CAT.
  • Verbal Reasoning: This includes Para Jumbles and Para completion questions and Critical Reasoning Questions of the kind which appear in GMAT. Following are a few approaches to answer these questions: Identify the introductory statement, then identify links that would connect the two sentences (connectives) which can be conjunctions (but, and) or can be content connectives like cause-effect, generic to specific etc.
  • Quantitative Ability: List out the areas / topics to focus on: As the sections are timed individually, selective preparation is very risky, as one may end up getting questions from the areas that he/she has left out of preparation. So, till the last 3-4 weeks running up to the exam, focus on getting better on all the topics in Quant. Then shift to concentrating on specific areas to give you maximum return for your time. A two pronged approach needs to be adopted: either through Mock-CAT Performance Analysis (understands your comfort level in all Quant topics and analyse mock CATs a topic level. Focus on areas where scores are low) OR Previous CAT papers analysis: Identify areas that have consistently contributed to the CAT exam over the years
  • Logical Ability: The questions in Logic come from three areas viz. Puzzles, Venn Diagrams & Cubes, Deductions & Logical Connectives. Questions on puzzles have been most common followed by Deductions and Venn Diagrams. Work out problems from the Study Material Booklets and Puzzle books.
  • Data Interpretation: The skills required to crack questions in DI are: Ability to analysis and understand difficult / complicated data. This is a skill which one can acquire through regular practice. One approach would be to start solving all the DI sets from your study material. Once this is done, it is time to move online using 'Online Practice Tests'. Speed of calculations is where the students should focus on, along with practicing different sets. Acquiring this skill is often easier said than done as it is difficult to get over the old habits of scribbling numbers on a paper even for simple additions.

Courtesy: Times of India

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