30 Aug 2012

Preparation: Avoid the common pitfalls

Before you go on to the CAT Study Material and start giving Mock Tests, here are a few common Pitfalls that you avoid and some basic strategies that will help you get a higher CAT score.

Always Remember, the obvious answer is the Wrong Answer
With the number of questions going down, there are hardly any 'sitter' questions in the recent CATs. The obvious answer (the one you can guess without spending much time on), is likely to be the wrong one, so be careful.

Guess if you can eliminate at least ONE answer
You need to invest some time on all questions, so while you are going through the questions, do NOT become emotionally involved with any of them. And even if you think the questions is outrageously difficult or outright incorrect, just try to eliminate at least one answer, guess and move on if you are not feeling confident about it.

Keep track of the time
Certain questions by their very nature take more time to answer. The first step to better time management is to recognize these questions.

While doing your practice tests, try to become more aware of how much time you have taken to answer a question. You will soon begin to develop an Internal Clock that will help you meet the pacing requirements of the CAT and reduce test anxiety.

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