MICAT 2 is scheduled for 30th January, 2021 and this time I had the opportunity to interview the prodigies at MICA regarding their last-minute preparation tips for MICAT.
- Be genuine and consistent with Psychometric. Don't think too much while marking. However, make sure your core personality representation remains the same throughout the paper.
- Don't forget to Attempt all the questions in psychometric. Double-check you haven't missed even one. Same is true for Descriptive.
- Attempt enough questions to be through all the sectional cutoffs. Even if you're champion in quant or love verbal, have some patience. Attempt 5-7 questions of each section first to make sure one doesn't sink your ship when you are so close to meet the shore.
- Attempt General Awareness first. You either know its answer or you don't. It's great to get it out of the way within a few minutes. This will give you a much more holistic picture to divide time later on.
- Attack your forte, your strong area next, then prioritise based on your section-wise difficulty assessment (which you would've known based on initial attempts).
- Quants won't bother you much if you would've prepared well for CAT. The biggest advantage here is that you can aim for 100% accuracy. Don't hit darts in the dark here. Usually, DI sets are good scoring options.
- Don't leave Reading Comprehension or Data Interpretation sets for the end as you can't attempt individual questions in it with less time on hand in the end.
- For word mapping, ensure you've thought about each permutation and combination, sometimes three relationships work well but the fourth doesn't and you end up marking the wrong answer.
- For the descriptive section, time is paramount. Ensure you've attempted at least basic points in all the four questions first. Then go detailed into whichever is your forte (picture-story for creative minds or rational-arguments for scientific minds). Don't repeat any point or beat around the bush. Make sure you cover all that you wanted to say with minimum spelling or grammatical mistakes. Be creative as hell in the story you form.
- At the end of the day, it's a beautiful test that covers all the aspects of the personality as well as intelligence, attitude as well as aptitude, creativity as well as critical thinking. Don't stress too much, as the MICAn culture is more about being yourself than what the world wants you to be. Don't fret over what the result is going to be, the fact that you would've enjoyed the test would be more than enough to win the day.
Wish you all the very best of luck! Hope to see you on campus :)
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- Read Current Affairs
- Write Stories to practice
- Read Opinions on Current Issues
- Practice Quants like Crazy Cat
- Attempt Mocks or Prep Papers
- Start Typing Fast
- Have Opinion about Topics
- Analyse Mocks Be Honest with Yourself
- Chill. Learn. Unlearn. Get Smart.
- If you have prepared for CAT, the sections involving quantitative ability and verbal ability shall not be an issue
- Practise as many mock tests as possible as they give you the real picture of the exam
- Give emphasis to story writing, pick any four pictures you like and frame a story get it read by somebody else
- Have a good hang of typing out long paragraphs since the keyboards at the centres may not be as per your comfort
- Pick up general topics and write about them from all perspectives for eg. Is privatisation good for the economy? Think for both its pros and cons and have a neutral stand.
- Do practise questions on divergent and convergent thinking as they might appear confusing in the first go
- Check sample papers (available at mica website) to get familiar with the pattern
- Try out a few, free psychometric tests online
- Try to attempt the descriptive section by writing about common GD topics and time it, this will help you prepare the order in which you will attempt the descriptive questions
- For the story section, pick random photos from Google and try to create a story on your own
- Brush up your major quant topics (Trigonometry, time and work, time and distance, probability)
- For GK section check out the logos of some of the major brands, CEOs of big companies, current affairs
- Plan the order in which you will attempt all the sections (it helps with time management)
- Watch your favourite movie or read a book, this helps with your creativity at the last moment
- Get 8 hours of sleep, a fresh mind is a must for MICAT
- If possible talk to someone who has given MICAT before to get more clarity about the exam
- MICAT has a descriptive section which requires one to weave a story from 4 images, usually unrelated. If you are not from a creative background, it would be wise to practice a few of those
- In the psychometric section honesty is the best policy. Try not to think too much same with the convergent-divergent thinking, usually, your first instinct is correct. Try not to overthink
- Don't forget quants. Know your basics and practice well
- Read current affairs for GK
- There is negative marking in some sections, so sometimes it may be wise to leave some questions
Hope this article helps the potential candidates in preparing for MICAT 2.
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