Completed CAT Exam Basics? Here’s What You Must Do Next

All aspirants for this year’s Common Entrance Test must have already kick started their preparation. And, those of you concluded with the exam basics by now must be pondering as to what next. But, you must hammer it into your minds that your actual journey to crack CAT commences from here. From improvising your habits to working on the mock tests, you’ve got a great deal to practice. And, all such vital tasks that you must pay heed to have been mentioned below. Have a look.

Work on the Mock Test

Once the basic exam is done, one can take up the mock test as these tests help the students to know the actual pattern of the exam and the environment of the test as well. These mock tests help to understand the level of difficulty in the exam and the preparation level for same. Mock tests help the candidates in preparing better as they set up an environment exactly the same as that of the original test.

Read Newspapers, Blogs, Journals

Every CAT aspirant should be aware of all the current happenings and must adopt a habit of reading newspapers. The aspirant must focus on the information given with the grammar and try to learn new words from the same. The aspirant should also read blogs, journals, novels and all those that are related to CAT preparation.
The editorial section of the newspaper must be read as it is not only of utmost importance for PI section but also it helps a lot in WAT (Written Ability Test) which is a crucial link on the overall exam section. Few newspapers the aspirant can go through are as The Economic Times, The Hindu, Live Mint and The Indian Express. The aspirant should also have a good preparation on GD round otherwise all would be a waste.

Attend seminars or webinars

The candidate must attend as many as webinars or workshops to get ready for the GD round. The candidate must take up some professional help in this section as it would be great to work upon on the C.V. as one need to show themselves in the best light and that’s where the candidate needs a professional help so that they do not overdo with the same in their overconfidence. These small seminars or webinars are a great help to the aspirants.

Working on the speed

The other thing which the candidate must work is on is the speed. Some sections in the exam do not allow a calculator so one must devise their own shortcuts so that they can improve their speed of working on the calculations like square roots, cube roots etc. These calculation needs daily practice. The mock exams also helps in improving the speed and the calculations. The aspirant must work more on more on the mock test so that they can improve their basics.

Backup Options

There must be some more back up plans one can sit for some more test like GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test), GRE (Graduate Record Examination), XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test), MAT (Management Aptitude Test),TISSNET. To maintain accuracy is very hard in CAT so to maintain the accuracy the candidate needs lots of practice. CAT has a negative marking pattern so the less to reach to the accuracy the high it comes near to negative marking so practicing on a rigorous level makes the accuracy level higher.
Once CAT exam is cleared, one can search for some B Schools which accept CAT scores. It is good to apply to the most preferred institute which you have in mind along with various secondary options. Decide clearly on the specialization the candidate want to pursue. Every institute has their own admission process so meanwhile the candidate can keep the other papers ready while the score arrives. So, be confident and start preparing as it needs lot of hard work and there is no end road to it.


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