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CAT 2009: Test-day tips and strategies

November 17, 2009 15:09 IST

This article discusses tips and strategies for testing day for this year's computer-based CAT.
Firstly, it is important to have a plan in place to attempt the computer-based CAT. Your plan of action should be decided based on all the practice and mock exams you might have taken and a careful analysis of your performance.

You should be clear on:

From this, you should have an idea of aspects such as:

Besides this plan, it may also be useful to have a fallback strategy -- a plan B. What will you do if the unexpected happens? For example, what do you do if the section where you hoped to do well turns out to have extremely tough questions in a particular paper?

How to begin:
Make sure you go through the instructions very carefully before you commence the exam. Try and check the following:

Next, even though the CAT is now computer-based, you could try and scan through a few questions to see what types of questions there are. For example, how many Reading Comprehension questions are there? Are there any questions on Vocabulary at all?

Attempting the paper

Sidharth Balakrishna, an MBA from IIM Calcutta, currently works in a global consulting firm in New Delhi. He is the author of best-selling book 'An Introduction to CAT: Tips from an IIM Alumnus' and is a recognised MBA preparation expert, having trained students for over five years. He can be contacted at

Sidharth Balakrishna