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The CAT test is conducted generally during the months of November- December. It is comparatively less predictable than other management entrance tests as its pattern/ number of questions keeps changing every year. The number of questions, however, is spread across 4 sections namely:

1.
Quantitative Ability (QA)
2.
Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR)
3.
Reading Comprehension (RC)
4.
Verbal Ability (VA)
The Online Study Plan includes:

i.Online Concept Tests (~75 tests) Starting May 2010. Each of these tests will assess a specified set of concepts stated well in advance.

ii. Online Section Tests (~25 tests) Starting August 2010. Each of these tests will include questions across various concepts in the corresponding section and thereby help you fine-tune your sectional performance in the CAT.

iii. Online Comprehensive Tests (~10 tests) Starting September 2010. Each of these tests will be followed by a detailed Performance Evaluation Report and feedback ala SimCATs to help you gear up for the actual CAT. A few of the Take-home tests will be provided in CD format to ensure that students get sufficient practice for computer based tests.

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A few of the SimCATs will also be conducted in a computer based environment to give the students a near real feel of the actual CAT. 3. IMS has proven expertise in online testing and the capability to deliver training for both computer based as well as computer adaptive tests like the GMAT®, GRE®, TOEFL® and IELTS®. IMS has been training more than 50% of the GMAT® (an online computer adaptive test) takers in India for

the past 10 years. So, be assured that IMS will provide the right mix of offline and online training to ensure that we continue in our endeavour to deliver success to our students even with the new Online format of the CAT.

How to Prepare for CAT 2010 Online Exam
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"The nature of study preparation doesn't depend on whether the CAT is a paper-based or a computer-based test". Every year the CAT has changed in some way or the other. This year, the change is with respect to the mode of taking the test. As far as preparing the concepts are concerned, there will not be any change. However, you have to go through sufficient online practice to acclimatize yourself with the online testing process. The nature of study preparation doesn't depend on whether the CAT is a paper-based or a

computer-based test. You need material that will cover basic concepts explained in a friendly manner, CAT application based questions for practice with explanatory answers and test papers. Also check out the material of most of the reputed MBA training institutions.

You do not need to be computer savvy to take an online test. All that is required is the ability to use the mouse and a few basic keys. Do not worry on that front. Spend at least 5 hours a day for the ultimate preparation. There are two phases of preparation

Preparation for CAT 2010 - First phase:
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In this phase you should get good grip on fundamentals and get familiar with all chapters and problems . Do not look for speed solving or feel any sort of pressure while preparing fundamentals. Learn with your own efficiency, without getting into fundamentals clearly speed-solving is not useful. Please manage to allocate at least one hour a day for reading newspapers, magazines. It is better to subscribe for any good magazines during the preparation. Get in touch with current affairs.

Schedule your weeks to prepare accordingly because haphazardness will waste lot of time. If you have been preparing without any study structure then whatever you may achieve would have been increased up to 50%. Try to shuffle the subjects also, so that you do not get bored with one subject. A good time table for 1 days look like below:

Day 1:

1 hour reading
2 hours of math
1 hour of analytical reasoning / data interpretation
1 hour of reading comprehension exercises / verbal ability

Preparation for CAT 2010 - second phase(self analyzing and improving):

By the time you finish the fundamentals which is about second week of august, you will get a fare idea on the area of your weakness and strengths. Make a tabular form of topics categorizing strengths and weakness to have a clear picture on it. Keep weak areas in mind and try to improve yourself by focusing them more.

From second week of August you can take section tests along with revision of topics in alternate day, here if you think you have to allocate more time you should do. You must start taking comprehensive tests by the beginning of September.

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Things you look to learn in comprehensive tests of 2-3 hour long, is how to manage paper so the attitude here should be the same like a batsman who wants to score as many runs as possible in the last 10 overs in onedayers. You should think of scoring as much as possible, but most people will get emotional to have a challenging problem and stuck up solving only that problem. After you tested yourself spend time to analyze it. The key points to analyze your test:

Speed

See if your speed is better than previous tests, notice if you do not understand basics you cannot apply them to tougher problems. Both these attributes are a prerequisite for speed solving;

Concentration

Most of we do not use two hours sitting at a stretch; a high degree of concentration is also not easy for first time test takers. Comprehensive tests make us to sit for two hours at a stretch and we increase our attentive span.

Time Management

The most important value provided by the comprehensive test is an idea of our strengths and weakness. So you should manage time and allocate certain time to each section depending on your strength and weakness

Accuracy

Accuracy is the number of correct questions out of attempted questions. if this is low you need to go and revise the chapters which are reducing your accuracy because marking wrong option will impose negative marks in cat.

Finding traps

You should avoid false positives or false negatives i.e., you shouldn't leave easy questions thinking they are hard and attempt hard questions thinking they are easy. Analyzing your progress on the above four: compare with the previous attempted paper on above all point

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