Five myths as­so­ci­ated with CAT

Giv­ing im­por­tance to speed over ac­cu­racy and think­ing that only bril­liant students clear the test are myths which you should seek to bust 1The 2Speed

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Arun Sharma

As the day of your Com­mon Ad­mis­sion Test (CAT) draws closer, it is nat­u­ral for the ten­sion to peak. How­ever, it is im­por­tant to have a few things in mind while men­tally pre­par­ing for the test. First, re­duce the pres­sure on your­self by cre­at­ing an al­ter­nate plan of ac­tion in case the test does not go well. Re­view each ques­tion that you have solved to make sure that the ques­tions and the log­ics are com­pletely clear. Take a cou­ple of mock tests in the last week. Be sure about the num­ber of at­tempts you are plan­ning in each sec­tion. Dur­ing the exam con­tin­u­ously re-eval­u­ate and re-set your tar­get in case you find the go­ing easy (in­crease your tar­get) or tough (re­duce your tar­get). While pre­par­ing for the test, it is im­por­tant that you do not get taken in by the myths

ques­tions are go­ing to be re­ally tough: This is far from the truth. A lot of ques­tions in CAT can be solved by school students. Do not psy­che your­self by har­bour­ing this mis­con­cep­tion.

is the most im­por­tant part of the exam: Ac­cu­racy is more im­por­tant. In the on­line CAT, 18 ques­tions solved cor­rectly will lead to a bet­ter score than 25 ques­tions solved with five er­rors. Hence, fo­cus on do­ing ques­tions right and avoid guess­ing.

read­ing is cru­cial for the exam: The av­er­age CAT pas­sage is now about 600-900 words and you will com­fort­ably have around five min­utes to read it. Read­ing speed re­quired is only 120-180 words per minute. Much more im­por­tantly, is your abil­ity to un­der­stand the text per­fectly.

‘bril­liant’ students make it to IIMs: Look at the pro­files of past IIM grad­u­ates and you see a plethora of ‘av­er­age’ aca­demic back­ground students. Demon­strated aca­demic bril­liance is im­por­tant - but if you do not have it - does not mean you do not stand a chance.

need to do an MBA im­me­di­ately af­ter my grad­u­a­tion: MBA is not a get­ting-out-of-col­lege course. So a three to five-year gap be­tween your grad­u­a­tion and your MBA can be a part of your plan. Use this time to de­ter­mine which top-level in­sti­tute you would like to join and then give your­self three to five at­tempts to get there. Do not com­pro­mise on the rep­u­ta­tion of the in­sti­tute you join be­cause you will do an MBA only once in your life.


A lot of ques­tions in CAT can be solved by school students, so even you can do it

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