How to Prepare Effectively for the CAT

A candidate, in order to perform really well in the CAT test must start preparation well before the exam. At least 6 months of preparation is advised and a maximum of one year can be spent. More than that would be too much and may cause loss of interest in the candidates. The best way to prepare would be to enroll in a class room course that would provide you with the best material for both the mathematical and verbal sections of the test as well as many diagnostic and sample tests. What are more important than the tests is the tutors who grade the papers and point out to the students their mistakes. After every test, a counseling session can be held where the student learns what his mistakes are, so he doesn’t repeat them in the future tests. Also a class room course where there are few students and skilled tutors should be preferred and it must be reasonable too. Spending tens of thousands of rupees on a coaching class that is not effective is not worthwhile.

Apart from going to class, students must also diligently prepare at home. Vocabulary building is a main factor in preparing for the CAT test. Every aspect of the verbal section i.e. the Reading comprehension, the sentence completion and the critical reasoning demands good vocabulary skills. Side by side, quantitative problems should be prepared. One by one the units should be practiced and formulae must be jotted down for future reference and study. Weak areas should be given more concentration and more time for preparation. Confidence and concentration play a major role in both the preparation and during the writing of the exam.
Another alternative to the class room courses are the online courses. One can enroll in the big institutes’ online and take their video courses or download the same from other websites. There are a lot of websites that provide free material and sample tests. One such sample from a material of a website is given below:
Pick the word from the alternatives given that is most inappropriate in the given context.
1. TEMPORAL: Do not get tempted by these temporal pleasures. They do not last long.
(1)
Eternal
(2)
Immortal
(3)
Everlasting
(4)
Ephemeral
2. FATUOUS: He is far too sensible to have done a fatuous thing like this.
(1)
Stupid
(2)
Intelligent
(3)
Inane
(4)
Foolish
3. MACABRE: The office wore a macabre look on Friday after the company downsized its staff strength.
(1)
Grisly
(2)
Tropical
(3)
Gruesome
(4)
Lugubrious
Sentences given in this question, when properly sequenced form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labeled with a letter. Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the four given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.
4.
One of the solutions provided by this calculator was the Torpedo Track Angle, the gyro angle to be applied to the torpedoes. This angle was relative to the direction the bow would be facing when the fish was fired.
The advantage of this was that the bow didn't necessarily have to be pointed towards the target.
During the attack, estimated target speed, course and range were fed into a mechanical angle solver ("fruit machine") which was also provided with the submarine's gyro heading.
Torpedo spread was achieved by maintaining a steady course (of the submarine) and varying the gyro angle firing interval (time between firing) for each fish.
(1)
BCDA
(2)
ADCB
(3)
CBDA
(4)
CADB
Answers: 1-(4) 2-(4) 3-(3) 4-(4)