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CAT 2009: What to expect

Last updated on: June 30, 2009 11:36 IST

After threatening to for more than three years, the CAT is finally going to be a computer-based test (CBT). And this means BIG changes for a CAT aspirant. And until the IIMs give more clarity to their potential students (all wannabe MBAs), there is confusion and questions galore. Amit Saboo from Career Avenues ( tries to answer some of the key questions and suggests strategies for students to adopt now until the IIMs come out with more information. So here we go:

What is the official information that IIMs or Prometric ETS have shared (as on June 8):

There are many questions that still remain unanswered, however. Let's explore their probable answers:

Technically speaking, ETS has the capability to serve the test in at least four different formats.

Okay, so there are multiple options. Does it mean that your CAT prep strategy needs to change? Yes, definitely. In the next article we look at changes in test prep strategies. We have compared the transition of CAT from paper-based test to CBT with the similar transition in GMAT a decade ago. There is rich learning in the issues faced by students at that point of time and what did successful students do differently. Also the changes made by leading GMAT test prep companies have been analyaed.

The author of the article is CEO of Career Avenues and now ProAvenues, who has helped thousands of students into the IIMs over the past 12 years. You can reach him on

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