CAT Test Duration and Pattern

The actual duration of the test is 2 hours and 15 minutes. Candidates with scribe requirements will be scheduled for an extra hour. Prior to the test, there will be a 15-minute tutorial to familiarise candidates with the layout of the screen and functionality available during the test. Candidates are advised to go through this tutorial even if they have viewed the CAT Demo as it will demonstrate how you use a mouse, select, change or de-select your response, mark a question for review, move from one question to another, highlight text within a passage and end the test.


All candidates will start the test at the same time. Candidates are to remain at their seats for the entire duration of the test even if they complete their test early. No breaks will be given during the test. Candidates are advised to use the bathroom prior to check-in.

Each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with scratch paper and pencils for calculations. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room. After the test, candidate must return the scratch paper to the test centre administrator who will then check you out.

The test consists of multiple choice questions that evaluate a candidate’s quantitative, verbal, and logical & data interpretive abilities. There are a total of three sections and about 60 to 70 questions in the test. Test centre administrators are not allowed to answer any questions pertaining to the test content. If you do not understand a question on the test, you should answer the question to the best of your ability. There is no penalty for questions that are left un-attempted and negative points will be given for wrong answers.