It is very important for people to know that there is no short-cut to success. It is the qualitative preparation that counts, not the quantitative. Don’t measure the time spent on preparation. The only thing that matters is to make the most of the time you are spending to prepare for CAT after your busy schedule (office or classes).
Common Admission Test (CAT) is an exam which tests your expertise in 3 sections:
- Quantitative Aptitude
- Verbal aptitude and Reading Comprehension
- Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
Aspirants serious about belling the CAT exam cannot ignore any section and topics that are included in these sections. To crack CAT one has to be the master of all trades.
Through this article, some important tips are given revolving around the CAT which will let you know some secrets to succeed in CAT and easily achieve 99 percentile in the exam.
Focus on the Way You Think
The habit of questioning things around and always relating the education imparted in school with real life is extremely crucial. For the CAT preparation, one needs to be relaxed and calm and keep a positive attitude while learning. Always ask yourself “why this happened?” Don’t ever try to rote or memorize the theorems or properties. Don’t be overwhelmed with stress if you can’t get a topic right.
Don’t Practice Geometry or Arithmetic Blindly
Catching the root of concepts and fundamentals is more important for the students than blindly following the numerous properties from the books or other materials.
There is one simple trick for arithmetic problems. Be it percentages, fractions, cost and profit, time-speed-distance or averages is using the inversely proportional method to solve the respective type of questions.
Use the Mathematical Approach To Reading Comprehension
With the formula given by Mr. P N Santosh, Byju’s faculty, you end up reading only 20% of the passage to answer all the questions and understand the underlying assumptions and infer the clear meaning of the passage. Check Mathematical Approach to Solve Reading Comprehension in CAT to know more about this technique.
Compare your performance in each mock test
Find out your areas of strengths and weaknesses. You need to carefully analyze the syllabus and see the areas you already know and the areas you need to start preparing for. Taking these mocks aren’t enough. You need to see the topics you’ve missed after every single test. Mocks acts a weapon to formulate the strategy.
While taking the test
Leave the questions if it takes you more than 3 minutes to solve. Keep in mind that you have the negative marking system in CAT. You need to be clever in building your strengths and leaving behind your weaknesses. This art, if mastered, can help you score more marks and higher percentile.
Keep yourself motivated all the time. Never be complacent: Increase your aspirational level each day. You must learn that competition is not with others, but yourself. To learn more such important tips to prepare more effectively for CAT, stay tuned with Byju’s.