Keep testing your strategy to ace CAT
There are just about a few weeks left for the Common Admission Test (CAT). Aspirants should follow the learning, practising, analysing, strategising and revision model.
Learning: By now, you should be thorough with all the concepts from the expected topics. If not, make sure it is all done in the next two weeks. Some things that you should have already done by now or should target in the next few days include going through the syllabus, checking your comfort zone in the areas tested, not trying something completely new and working on speed of calculation which could critically impact your scores.
Practising: Once you are fluent with the concepts, start practising the problems. Document all your errors as it would come in very handy in the last couple of weeks. Set goals of what needs to be done on a daily basis. Take stock of what you have been doing after two weeks.
Analysing: You should carefully analyse your performance and scores in the tests and try to assess the areas in which you score well. No test is complete without the requisite analysis. Besides the mock tests, ensure that there are sufficient number of sectional tests that are attempted to keep the momentum on.
At the same time, too many could mean a burnout. Solving excessively tough problems is not advisable. And most importantly, it could set you off in the wrong direction and demotivate you.
Strategising: Nothing beats the real thing. In the actual test, you need to maximise your score vis-a-vis your potential. This requires a good strategy. It means your ability to leave the tougher and more time-taking questions.
It takes a good eye to identify them in the first place. Keep testing your strategy and keep altering the way you approach the paper – the question type you attempt first, the target number of questions you want to attempt, the time you spend on each section etc.
Only then will you perfect your most favourable CAT-solving strategy which ensures that you make it to your dream institution.
Revision: The last couple of weeks must be spent on revision. As you practise problems and mock tests, you will discover many areas where you have substantial scope for improvement. Identify these and keep revising till you master all the areas.