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Tips for managing common pitfalls

Updated: Monday, 16th October 2017 02:42 PM

Tips for managing common pitfalls

CAT 2017 is scheduled to be conducted in November, 2017 and registration to this effect were open from 9th August 2017 to 20th September 2017.

Before you go on to the CAT Study Material and start giving Mock Tests, here are few tips to manage common Pitfalls that you avoid and some basic strategies that will help you get a higher CAT score.

• You must remember – That the obvious answer is the Wrong Answer

With the number of questions going down, there are hardly any 'sitter' questions in the recent CAT. The obvious answer (the one you can guess without spending much time on), is likely to be the wrong one, so be careful.

There will be three Sections in CAT 2017 Exam
1.    Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
2.    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
3.    Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)

• Guess if you can eliminate at least ONE answer

You need to invest some time on all questions, so while you are going through the questions, do NOT become emotionally involved with any of them. And even if you think the questions is outrageously difficult or outright incorrect, just try to eliminate at least one answer, guess and move on if you are not feeling confident about it.

•    Keep track of the time

180 minutes are allotted in CAT 2017 and 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and you cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.

Certain questions by their very nature take more time to answer. The first step to better time management is to recognize these questions.

While doing your practice tests, try to become more aware of how much time you have taken to answer a question. You will soon begin to develop an Internal Clock that will help you meet the pacing requirements of the CAT and reduce test anxiety.

• Compare & Discard

This is immensely useful for the Reading Comprehension of VRC section of the CAT Exam.

While there may be a 'Perfect' answer to a question, it may not appear as one of the options. What you need to do is compare the different answer choices and choose the best one available. In fact you can usually zero down on two choices and discard the ones that are distinctly different from these two.

• Use Short-cuts Only when necessary

It is extremely important to be aware of all the possible shortcuts that are available to you, however, these are to be used only if you are unable to apply the ‘regular’ methods.

• Analyze your Strengths & Weaknesses and create a study plan unique to them.

The important thing here is NOT to ignore your strengths, and to stick to your study plan.

• Managing Test Anxiety

More than anything else, the CAT is a test of your nerves. There are hundreds of brilliant students who score MUCH lower in the CAT than they do in their practice tests. It is important to manage your test anxiety.

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