CAT 2018 – What you should do in the last 3 days
CAT 2018: The Last 3 Days
After an entire year’s effort, finally the CAT is just a few days away. The last mile to cracking the exam is one of the most crucial phases and can make or break the challenge. While the preparation is almost done, students have a lot of difficulty in figuring out the way to go about the last week. Here’s a quick brief on the Do’s and Don’ts:
Section 1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
- Read a variety of topics spanning across Technology, Environment, History, Evolution, Philosophy, Politics to name a few. The more you read, more will be the speed and the ability to comprehend passages properly.
- Visit global news links and read articles from their archives.
- Revise the concepts in Verbal Ability like Para-Jumbles, Sentence Correction techniques, Summary tips which you have been taught in class or you have learnt over the last few months.
- Analyse your Mock Tests. Pick up RC passages which you have not done before and solve those.
- Do NOT read topics of your choice. Rather pick up jut anything and everything. Remember you will always be comfortable while reading a passage of your area of interest. However, CAT will not ask you from similar topics. For example, if you are not comfortable with Philosophy, do not avoid reading an article on the same as you might find out that the first passage you get in CAT is from Philosophy.
- Do NOT unnecessarily spend time in VA topics where you are not comfortable. For example, if you are not comfortable with “Pick the odd one out”, do not spend time in becoming a master in that.
Section 2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
- Solve 2-3 sets everyday till the last day.
- Pick up the sets from the Mocks, sets which you have not done before.
- Keep a mix of DI and LR sets while solving.
- Revise few concepts in LR like Venn Diagrams, Arrangements, Games & Tournaments etc.
- Revise few concepts in DI like Percentage Growth, Percentage Points change etc.
- Do NOT solve sets which you have solved earlier. In DI-LR section, there is nothing you can get similar or common, hence do not waste time in revising any set you had done earlier.
- Do NOT take a look at the solution. Instead, spend time in thinking about the way you should approach the set. Looking at the solution does not help; what is more important is to think on your own.
Section 3: Quantitative Ability
- Revise all topic wise concepts – Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Number System and Combinatorics
- Put special attention in Arithmetic and Algebra because the number of questions from these two modules has been significant in last 2/3 years. Under all probable conditions, the same trend will continue.
- Solve around 15-20 problems everyday. Problems should span across the different modules mentioned.
- Take a look at all the formulae. While you will not try to solve problems only based on formulae, knowing them is mandatory.
- Do NOT try unnecessary complicated problems. Remember your basics are tested, not your mastery.
- Do NOT leave any module unattended. Even if you are not comfortable with one of the modules (say Geometry), revise the formulae and the concepts. You never know you might be asked a very simple question from the said module.
- Do NOT try to mug up complicated formulae which are not generally used. For example, Fermat’s theorem in Number System, area of cyclic quadrilateral, Ceva’s theorem in Geometry etc.
- You can take 1 Mock test.
- Analyse your earlier mocks once again and finalize your Test Taking Strategy.
- Take Sectional Tests, if you do not want to take full length tests at this point of time.
- Do NOT take more than 2 mocks under any circumstances
- Do NOT unnecessarily think too much if the last mock goes bad. It happens every now and then with all, hence does not mean you are going to lose out the battle. In fact, it may be a boon – the ‘bad score test’ is gone and you are going to ace the actual test!
- Do NOT analyse too much – at times analyzing too much will make you confused.
CAT is an exam which tests your smartness. It is a time bound exam which tests your skills to score maximum in the allotted 180 minutes. You need not be a mathematician or a voracious reader to do good in CAT. All you need to do is play smart; understand yourself, your strengths and how to utilize those strengths on the day of the exam.
Do not think too much about the exam. While you might be tensed, that’s quite normal. So is everyone. Always remember that there’s no end to it. If you have done 10000+ questions, they will still ask you something which you have not solved earlier. Hence, the important part is to get your basics in place and remain confident.
Do not discuss too much about the exam with friends with whom you have prepared. For the last 3 days, spend time on your own. You are different from your friend; let your CAT taking style be different too.
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