Is the difficulty of CAT Exam too high?
No exam is too tough or too easy with the right preparation but the CAT Exam does have a notch up on the difficulty level. CAT Exam is an entrance test for would-be managers; hence, it simulates everyday situations a manager has to tackle. The exam, in fact, tests much more than one’s skills in the English language and quantitative aptitude.
The first thing you need an unshakeable belief that you can crack the CAT Exam because you will see lots of ups and downs in these few months so it’s really important to not to lose focus. Believe in your strategy and more importantly in yourself. No one can tell you what’s the best way to prepare for you but there are some basic measures which will help you find your way.
Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation for CAT Exam
Practice is the key here. There are hardly any topics which take more than 2 hours to complete. But without practice they do not retain in your brain. Our mock tests for CAT Exam are specially designed to increase your practice and to keep you updated with the latest CAT Exam pattern.
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT Exam
Reading is essential for working through these sections as building your vocabulary is of utmost priority here.Our video lectures make your verbal ability strong by making you work on your grammar.
Besides the sectional aptitude improvement CAT Exam requires you to develop managerial aptitude which includes the following
This is a crucial skill if you want to master CAT Exam, you need to be able to manage time well. The time pressure is deliberately imposed to see how a student deals with it. Rather than cracking under pressure, keep a realistic target. To receive an interview call, you have to clear the cut-offs in each section. It will be useless to have an excellent overall score if you have neglected one section and done very well in the others.This is where time management between sections comes into play. Be proactive; set time limits for each section. A common mistake students make is exceeding the time limit they have set themselves so as to solve a few more problems. But such a strategy leaves very little time for the last section (which could be the easiest) and panic sets in.
Time management is crucial while preparing for the CAT Exam. The real test is when it comes to managing time between your job or final year studies for your graduation, and your preparation for CAT.
Like we said earlier, it is just not possible for anyone to solve all the questions in the stipulated time. You need to exercise good judgement in selecting which questions to attempt. About half way into reading the question, you should get a fair idea about whether it is tough or not.
Remember, if you are leaving a question unattempted without wasting more than 10 seconds on it, you are ensuring no question will be left unseen and you will still be left with ample time to come back and attempt the questions you have left.
Do not attempt a question if you are unsure of the process. Remember, if you could have, you would have solved it in the given time frame. Almost each question that appears in the paper has a decision attached to it; you have to decide whether you will attempt it or not. The wiser your choice, the better your chances of clearing CAT Exam.
It is this pressure that takes the heaviest toll and this happens during the preparation and not during the two hours of the actual test. Year after year, we see that about 30 to 40 per cent aspirants who are very serious about taking CAT Exam cannot sustain the pressure during the preparation process. By the time they take their mock exams in, they have mentally given up.
Remember, the paper is the same for everyone. If you have studied well and put in hard work, there is no reason why you should not be selected. In fact, it is this competition pressure that weeds out the losers from the winners.
Change is inevitable
Every year CAT Exam surprises the aspirants as well as the teachers. Keeping an open and flexible mindset while taking the CAT exam is the strategy you should have rather than going in with a fixed mindset of doing English section first or spending such and such time on a section. Your strategy must be flexible.There also are a few new questions introduced every year. Tackling them requires a quick understanding of the style of questioning and sound judgement as to whether to attempt them or let them be.