How to Prepare for CAT Exams 2018

The notification for CAT 2018 has been released. The exam will take place on November 25, 2018 which will be held in 147 cities in morning and afternoon. The forms will be available from August 8, 2018 and can be filled till September 19, 2018. The fee for the exam has witnessed a slight hike; now the form costs Rs 1900. CAT exams have been changing in some way or the other every year. But still a mixture of strategy, planning and implementation always helps in scoring well in this test. Try these simple tips before the CAT Exam and feel more confident and geared up for the big day.

Exam Preparation Tips for CAT 2018

Tip #1
Rather than focusing on all the topics, students need to try and select those topics with which they are more comfortable. Even on the exam day, with the question sheet in hand, students shouldn't try to solve each and every question and waste their energy; they should rather spend 5 minutes in scanning a section and selecting questions from their area of expertise and skill.

Tip #2
In order to ace CAT, students should look at questions from previous years' CATs and understand its syllabus. They should assess whether they are proficient, average or need improvement in each of the areas. The areas that fall in the third category should be focused on first followed by second and first.

Tip #3
CAT aspirants should always start early in preparing for the exams as an early start would benefit them in gaining knowledge about the kind of questions to be asked. Another advantage to it can be spending time in developing extra reading habits and increasing vocabulary.

Tip #4
The best way to go on with the CAT 2018 preparations is to evaluate oneself in every 10-15 days, which is done by mock tests. But one thing that students should be careful about is to not to repeat the mistakes made by them in either the mock CATs or while practicing at home or the whole purpose of taking mock tests would be lost.

Tip #5
One thing that is must while preparing for CAT 2018 is to practice on calculations rigorously on an everyday basis. There are never long equations in CAT 2018, the only thing which works is the smart way of calculations which can be mastered by practicing the tricks available in books and internet.

Tip #6
While preparing for the CAT question paper, one must keep in mind that management schools seek to test understanding of basic concepts that the student possesses. So, students should stop looking for the toughest material to practice and realize that their understanding of concepts is not as good as they think it is.

Tip #7
Some things which CAT aspirants must do on an everyday basis are- Minimum 10 hours study everyday, especially before the 6 months of CAT exams 2018. Preparation of minimum 10,000 words to enhance Vocabulary, study of newspapers and editorials for 2 hour's everyday and reading at least two magazines and one novel each week.

Tip #8
Time management is an essential ingredient to crack the CAT exam 2018 and make it to your favorite college. Managing one's time includes balancing speed with accuracy, handling the pressure and uncertainty and the apt decision making.

Tip #9
Negative marking is a part of CAT. CAT aspirants are advised to not take wild guesses in the Exam paper. Only if the student is able to eliminate 2-3 choices, then he should take a guess. Otherwise there is no point in wild guessing, as it may drop ones chances of making it right.

Tip #10
Last but not the least, students are advised to keep their calm, relax, and believe in them on the day of the paper. They should be ready with all their stuff like admit card, pencils, pen etc well in advance to avoid last minute hassle and give their best shot.

Last Updated on : August 06, 2018

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