Noida, India (PressExposure) April 18, 2011 -- Most of the MBA aspirants have started their preparations for CAT 2011, but if you have not started yet then you should go through these FAQs:
Q. How to start the preparation?
A. The CAT takers are of two types, the beginners and those who have prepared and taken CAT exam before as well. The strategy for beginner and advanced test takers for starting CAT 2011 preparation is as follows:
Beginners: If you have just begun your preparation for CAT 2011, the suggestion is that the first step should be to take a diagnostic test. This would help you determine where you stand today, which in turn will help you understand the extent of effort you need to put in for success at the CAT. Also, you would get a fair idea of your weaknesses and strengths.
Next, you must chalk out a study plan. Allocate 45 days to get all fundamentals of Quant, Verbal and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning in place. Slot one hour per area, i.e., three hours of study every day. Every week, take one full length test and keep fine tuning yourself. For first 45 days, start taking full-length tests every three days. You must ensure that you learn from the feedback of each test.
Advanced: If you have already been preparing for the CAT, you must take a mock-CAT to see where you have reached. Identify your weak areas and focus on them in the first phase. Remember, every mock-test that you take from now on will give you additional areas to focus on. Keep fine-tuning yourself accordingly.
Q. What is the right time to start the preparation?
A. The CAT should ideally be given with eight months preparation, as then a student has enough time to space out his preparation and work at a comfortable pace. Also, for working professionals who don't have as much time on their hands as the college students, and who perhaps have to devote more time to preparation than college students, it is essential to start early.
Several key steps which you should keep in mind while preparing is that, CAT exam cannot be taken overnight or crammed into a couple of weeks' time. Starting early enables a student to work out the best possible strategy and implement it effectively. If you are a beginner, it should take you not more than 12 to 18 months to get a handle on shape of things, and consistent preparations over such a time period can significantly enhance your final chances of cracking the aptitude test as well as GD PI assessment.
Q. How to prepare for the basic for CAT 2011?
A. You need to analyze your strength and weakness. Appear for two to three mock tests to analyze it. After knowing your weakness try to get as much information you can to make this weakness to strength. Don't be nervous; think every time that you can do it.
Aspirants also need to organize their studies. As you need to study for CAT 2011, make a habit of reading and make some rules for it. Prepare a time table and try to follow it. It is important that you build up your patience because CAT checks your patience level too. Check your performance and find out the mistakes.
Q. How to choose MBA test prep institute?
A. There are many MBA test prep institutes. It is very important to make the right choice. The parameters should be unique pedagogy, updated course content according to the pattern of CAT and other entrance exams, number of mock tests an institute provides for practice, course material, faculty etc. These are the parameters you should judge before you choose an MBA test prep institute.
Q. How to do self study?
A. Self study is a good method to study. But when we talk about few of the tough entrance exams, like CAT, it is definitely important to have proper guidance and approach towards studying. Few of the books which students should refer to are: 'High School English Grammar and Composition' by Wren and Martin; 'Verbal Ability' by Arun Sharma; 'How To Prepare For Quantitative Aptitude For The CAT' by Arun Sharma; 'Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations' by Abhijit Guha; 'How to prepare for the Data Interpretation for CAT' by TATA-McGraw Hill publications; 'How to prepare for the Data Interpretation for CAT' by Arihant Prakashan; 'Reasoning and DI for MBA Exam' by Arun Sharma; 'Business English and Communication' by Clark Grade C.
Keeping yourself motivated is very important and is a challenge for the MBA entrance aspirants. Getting fewer marks in a tough test should not de-motivate you.
Stay tuned to MBAUniverse.com for more advice on CAT 2011.