30 Days To CAT – Tips And Strategies – Live Chat Transcript
Exactly a month to CAT remaining. What should your strategy be? Should you start any new topics? How important are mocks in the last 30 days? How can you improve your score significantly? To answer all these questions and more we have ARKS Srinivas from Vistamind to help you. ARKS Srinivas is a IIM Calcutta alumnus and has trained students for CAT over the last 20 years.
Here are some Excerpts from the Live Chat:
Sarang Trivedi: Hi please help on how to approach last days to CAT
Vistamind Counselling: Last 30 days are very important for you not to lose focus. Every day 2 RC passages, 2 set of DI, 2 Set of LR and for quant, please take up only those areas that you have some idea but not perfect. Do not start on completely new topics
Vistamind Counselling: Guys, writing many mocks is NOT what you should do now. write a mock every week or two per week and thats the max. But spend enough time on figuring out where you went wrong. This is more important – the analysis of mock. writing 10 mocks every week without rectifying your mistakes is of no use.
Last 30 days are very important for you not to lose focus. Every day 2 RC passages, 2 set of DI, 2 Set of LR and for quant, please take up only those areas that you have some idea but not perfect. Do not start on completely new topics.
Do not start completely new topics right now.
Anumeet Singh: I was facing difficulties in RC section since day 1 of my preparation and it has only improved a bit. Though I have a strong hold on quant. Any advice?
Vistamind Counselling: Try reading the question first and then RC and focus on finding the lines that the question refers to. Try this approach.
Tushar Agarwal: I get stuck with at least 2 LR questions in every mock even after practising many questions? What should be the strategy?
Vistamind Counselling: If you can answer 2 LR out of the 4, it is not bad at all. you only need one more LR to be safe. Remember if you can answer a total of 6 sets out of the 8 in DILR, that is 24 questions. taking a 3/4 accuracy, you can get 18 correct which is decent. But did you consider the reason why you are not able to attempt the 2 LR? Is it shortage of time or lack of knowledge? If there is a shortage of time, it means you are spending time on unnecessary questions in DI probably. If there is a lack of knowledge, then I don’t suggest worrying too much about it but focus on maximising DI. Also keep solving 2-3 sets of LR every day from here on.
Ch Akshay: Can you please let me know how to select the Very Difficult and difficult RC in Verbal . That questions killing my time also my accuracy. It will surely practice on it can you say me the any approach to follow.
English becomes difficult if what you are reading has no base in your memory. For example, everyone feels comfortable reading about facebook, online media etc. That’s because you are used to it. But if I start talking about human evolution or philosophy, you might not be comfortable. That is because you are not familiar with it. so pick those topics that you have some idea about. Mostly you will find them easier.
Please guide how to prepare for quants in last 30 days ?
Focus on Numbers, Geometry, T&D, T&W, Percentages, P&L, Functions & Graphs, Quadratic Equations, Simple Equations. If you are completely new to any of these, leave that and focus on others.