Last-minute CAT Preparation Strategy

Last-minute CAT Preparation Strategy

With only 10 days left for the Common Admission Test (CAT), the time for preparation is gone and the most crucial thing to focus on now, is revision and practise.

In the last leg of preparation, it is essential to not experiment with anything new and revise thoroughly whatever has been studied in the past year.

Steps to stick by now are as follows:

  1. Making a schedule
  2. Solving question papers
  3. Time management
  4. Personal Health
  5. Revise from flash notes
  6. Read questions carefully
  7. Don’t stress
  8. Prepare for the D-Day

CAT 2021 is scheduled on November 28 with an expected attendance of more than 2 lakh students.

Stress and anxiety is at its peak when only 10 days remain and it can absolutely destroy the confidence of many leading to doubts about how much you remember.

Ideal number of attempts 23-27 16-21 18-25
Total number of questions 34 32 34

CAT 2021 – Good Attempts*

Ideal number of attempts 23-27 16-21 18-25
Total number of questions 34 32 34
*This will be applicable if the total number of questions that will be asked is 100. In CAT 2020, the number of questions were reduced.
  1. Making a Schedule

All aspirants have different daily schedules depending on whether they work or are students. It is hence important to create a schedule with enough study hours, so as to balance daily life with CAT preparation.  While planning a schedule, it is important to carve out some time for your hobbies to keep the mind fresh and active.

2.    Solving question papers

Practice makes a man perfect, hence, aspirants must make sure to attempt a number of CAT mock tests or previous year sample papers to get a feel of the exam environment. Students must attempt the papers for 3 hours as they would during the actual examination. The more you practise with a rigid, exam-related environment; the more comfortable you will get. This would help you maintain focus and avoid silly errors during the actual exam.

3.    Time management

As per the exam pattern of CAT, each section will have a sectional time limit. That means students will have to attempt the questions of a particular section in 40 minutes, hence students must practice mock tests in a similar way and frame a good strategy to attempt questions. Students must recognise their strengths and allocate time to the various sections accordingly.

  1. Personal health

While you are getting ready to prepare for CAT, do not forget to maintain your health and well-being. Staying calm and healthy is as important as studying. You must eat protein-rich fruits to increase your mental alertness. Moreover, avoid skipping meals even if you don’t feel hungry. Have milkshakes and smoothies to feel energetic and avoid eating bakery items, as they take longer to digest and can make you feel lethargic. And most importantly, you must sleep like a baby.

5.    Revise from the flash notes

Revision cannot be done by reading entire books. So, you must prepare notes well in advance for important formulas and tricks. Try recalling all the formulas before bed and give your notes a glance before the exam.

6.    Read Questions Carefully

Students are advised to go through the instructions properly and read the question paper very carefully before starting. There is nothing worse than putting time into a question and realizing that you have misunderstood it completely or that the essay is off-target. Slow down and stay focused.

7.    Don’t Stress

Anxiety is great motivator pushing you to extreme lengths to achieve success. But don’t cram everything while revising the topics in a fit of panic. Keep your cool and only brush up on the concepts that you have already studied. Don’t touch any new area because it will create confusion and erode your confidence. CAT is not solely conducted for scoring grades but to also test how well you handle the pressure. Therefore, you must pursue your hobbies amid the preparation to feel fresh and maintain the calm.

8.    Prepare for D-Day

Keep your important documents ready, a few days in advance, like the Admit Card, Original ID Proof, SC/ST or DA supporting documents. Also, check for the travel time on Google maps. Aspirants must visit the exam centre before the D-day to become familiar with the route to reach the examination centre. Post COVID-19, students are advised to take the necessary precautions like wearing masks, face shields, sanitizing their hands, and avoid contact with any contaminated surface. Also, check the guidelines and instructions issued by the centre relating to COVID-19 and the examination.

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