CAT 2019 Exam Preparation Tips for Retakers
A CAT retaker running around with keys typing at different WhatsApp preparation groups or Facebook preparation groups and a flash card in his pocket is not a rare scene. Especially if this is the last attempt for the fellow CAT retaker.
Is Full Time Offline Coaching Needed?
Since you have already taken the exam with a decent level of CAT Exam Preparation, you will be comfortable with the basics of most of the topics. Also, having gone through the grind once, you will have a reasonable grasp of what the exam actually demands. Therefore, the focus should be on solving questions to impress the concepts upon your mind. This will, in turn, help you in allocating the time to the tougher questions that you encounter in the exam. There is no point in wasting a huge sum of money yet again in full-time coachings if it does not sync with your current level of preparation. Else, candidates can go for some Doubt Solving Programs or Topic Wise CAT Courses, which are very specific to your weak areas to improve them.
CAT 2019 Exam Preparation: Concepts or Mocks?
It depends on the candidates’ level of understanding of concepts. Analyze, take a diagnostic mock and then take a call. If your analysis shows that there are a majority of topics where you face issues with concepts, then start with concepts before moving on to mocks.
However, if there is no or just one section of the paper where you are weak (either Quant or Verbal or LR), start just the weaker part from concepts while for rest, you can start off with sectional tests. And once you are done with concepts of weaker section and have solved at least 5 sectional tests from it (and around 15-20 sectional tests during this duration from stronger sections), comes the time to move on to mocks. If your analysis showed that you are comfortable with the basics of almost all the topics, you can directly move to sectional tests of all the sections and once done with 15-20 tests, you can move to mocks.
CAT 2019 Exam Preparation: Mocks and Quantitative Pointers
- Aim around 50 mocks and around 75 Sectional Tests between mid-June to October. Followed by an in-depth analysis and a gap of 2-3 days on an average in consecutive mocks and a gap of 1-2 days in consecutive sectional tests of the same section.
- One of the possible distribution of Full length mocks month wise could be:
|October||12 Mocks + Past Papers|
- One of the possible distribution of Sectional Tests month wise could be:
- Prepare concrete checkpoints after having analyzed the mocks or sectional tests and achieve them. Start off with wide checkpoints make smaller and finer ones as you try to achieve the wider checkpoints.
- Fix targets in terms of the number of problems, number of concepts and number of tests but never in terms of hours to be spent. And never ignore the importance of analysis and its impact on increasing the score. There have been CAT retakers who increased their scores from meagre 75- 80 percentile to 99+ in the following CAT, as they analyzed each and every question they solved and used the result of the same to improve.
- Develop a strategy to be implemented on the exam day. Test your strategy in the mocks that you take. After finalizing the strategy, put it to test in at least 5 mocks that you take so that you become well acquainted with the strategy.
- Do not go to the exam with any preconceived notions. Never let your past performances haunt you. Try to hold your nerves while taking the examination. Though it is easier said than done, maintaining your composure while taking the exam can make a remarkable difference to your CAT exam score. Believe in your capabilities and the effort you have put in the preparation.