Use the new format of CAT to your
The numbers are out. CAT 2014 will be conducted in 99 cities across 354
test sites. There will be four testing windows, two each on the testing dates
November 16 and November 22.
The format of CAT will undergo a
change this year. The number of questions in each section, Quantitative Ability
and Data Interpretation, and Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning, has been
increased to 50 from 30 last year. The total time has also gone up to 170
minutes, from 140 minutes, with the option of moving from one section to the
other within the testing window. With only a couple of months to go for the
exam, let us focus on the best methods of preparation and areas of focus .
The flexibility to move across
sections will give the aspirants complete control over time management. Everyone
has strong and weak areas and reallocating the available time to questions that
require much more is now completely within your control. Exercise that right
judiciously. Questions that can be cracked with added investment of time can be
handled in that fashion. At the same time, do have the judgment to leave
questions that can be complete time-stealers.
Another great way is to take a
model CAT paper you have attempted before the new pattern was announced. This
time around, do the same paper without the sectional time limits. Do notice the
different choices you make in question selection. Your own strong and weak areas
in the testing arena will be clearly highlighted in this exercise.
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