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CAT 2010: Dos and don'ts for test day

Last updated on: October 25, 2010 18:26 IST

Photographs: Uttam Ghosh/ Vinayak Kudva, IMS Learning Resources

You have reached the final lap in the race to CAT 2010 and we are sure you have put in a lot of effort. At this time, it would be natural for you to be a little anxious about the test. Do not let this anxiety lead to distress but let it serve as a motivator to keep your performance levels high on the big day.

You need to stay focussed and confident at this point of time.

24 hours before the test

  • Stop studying. Just revise some few concepts or formulae, make mental maps of important strategies that you have used during test preparation. Do not study anything new.
  • Relax with friends or watch a movie on the day before the test.
  • Ensure that you get a good night's sleep on the eve of the test.
  • Be positive and confident.
  • Ensure that you read the test rules and regulations and are aware of what can be carried into the test venue.
  • Do not forget to carry your Admit Card, photo id proof and stationery.
  • Ensure that you reach the test venue ahead of time. Be there early, with plenty of time to relax and get used to your surroundings.
  • At the venue try not to discuss the test too much with your friends. Avoid questions about what you have studied and what you haven't. Do not speculate about question types.
  • Meditate for a bit and believe you are going to ace the CAT.
  • Ensure that you find your test centre in advance.

Vinayak Kudva is Product Head at IMS Learning Resources.

Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/

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During the test

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  • Solve the test with 100 per cent concentration and ensure that you read the questions and directions carefully.
  • Do not pay attention to what others are doing in the room. Ignore comments about the test.
  • Get into warrior mode, do not miss on the familiar questions, ensure that you do not waste time unnecessarily. Do not be complacent in your approach.
  • Be positive. There are enough questions in the test that can be attempted correctly. That will definitely fetch you a call. Do not make silly mistakes due to over-confidence.
  • Do not think negative. What will happen if I don't do well? What if there are technical errors? Just manage time and try answering the questions accurately.
  • Ensure that you do justice to all the sections in the test. Make sure you have tackled all questions related to your strengths first.
  • Do not resort to copying or any unfair means during the test.
  • Keep a water bottle with you if the centre allows it.