THE C.A.T. APPROACH TO CRACK THE CAT
What is C.A.T. Approach?
This is the first phase of preparation and is imperative to build basic conceptual knowledge. A sectional view of the CAT reveals three areas of testing – Quantitative, Logic & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability. Performance in each section is linked to your ability to connect with the fundamentals therein.
Not knowing a concept can be a huge deterrent in effectively tackling a question; for example, it is virtually impossible to solve a question on “cyclic quadrilateral” without knowing what is one. Further, each section differs in the range of concepts involved - the “Quantitative Section” has a greater diversity of concept areas as compared to the “Logic & Data Interpretation Section”, the latter being more practice intensive; while the “Verbal Section” has more concepts to be familiar with in the “Usage & Grammar” area as compared to the “Reading Comprehension” area.
This difference in the sensitivity of each section to concept-intensiveness determines the time to be devoted to each section during this phase of preparation. It has been observed that a thorough awareness w.r.t major concepts can take a test taker to a performance level of 75 percentile in the CAT.
The C Module comprises ~3500 questions that enable you to strengthen your fundamentals across the areas of Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension. Assess and build your conceptual clarity with the help questions that have been classified on the basis of their difficulty levels.
This is the next level of preparation and logically follows the “concept building level”. Students should graduate to the “application level” only after a comprehensive know-how of the corresponding concept areas. The focus here is to develop confidence with regards to solving "CAT-level" questions from different areas assessed in the CAT. In this phase you will practice with a sufficient number of questions that would help you ingrain a problem solving approach along with the skills to effectively solve the questions.
Solving questions from different sections and areas followed by in-depth analysis for each of the questions is the way forward in this level of preparation. It has been observed that a strong application orientation can take a test taker to a performance level of 95 percentile in the CAT.
The A Module comprises ~1700 questions at a CAT-level – each of the questions are based on questions that have appeared in the CAT before and therefore give you the confidence to take on any type of question in the CAT. Each of these questions/question sets can be taken as a timed test – with comparative analytics on your performance.
- This is the conclusive level of preparation and assumes a successful completion of the first two levels. Test taking, per se, makes no sense if concept awareness is not intact or if an ability to apply concepts is questionable. The way ahead in this level of preparation is taking a range of tests simulating the difficulty level of the CAT and reflecting your performance on a certain scale.
Further, each test needs to be analyzed well – the attempted questions need to be revisited from a perspective of bettering the approach and reducing the time allocated for solving them; while the unattempted questions need to be explored from a feasibility perspective, which when attempted could have reduced the opportunity cost and apportioned out more time for other questions (the flowchart below details the action plan for an in-depth test analysis).
Optimal test taking can ensure competence w.r.t significant test taking skills like time management, strategy formulation, prioritization, judicious management of diverse sections, and can graduate the test taker to utmost levels of performance levels, with 100 percentile not being a far fetched expression!
The T Module is armed with ~5000 questions across 15 Proctored SimCATs, 25 Take-home SimCATs and 30 Section-tests. Each of these tests will be administered using a test software that closely resembles the actual CAT – so that you feel you are taking the CAT before the CAT. Each of the tests is enabled by a detailed test analytics report that will not only help you identify your knowledge and skill gaps, but also give you pointers on how to improve your performance in the future.