Focus On Accuracy Than Number Of Attempts, Says Cat Guru Arun Sharma-vstart

College-University 11 days of CAT 2010 are now over. Now there are 9 more days left for the exam to conclude. The test takers are having a smooth experience this year, unlike last year, which was the debut of the computer-based CAT. At this stage, the candidates who have already taken the test are wondering about their performance and want an expert opinion on what percentile will make them eligible for the next rounds of the admissions process. On the other hand, those who are yet to take the test want expert guidance on what to do, how to prepare for the test and how to get the maximum score. To provide answers to the queries of MBA aspirants, MBAUniverse.com held Live Expert Chat on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 with renowned author and CAT expert Arun Sharma. CAT takers and aspirants from all over the country participated in the chat. We bring to you the key excerpts from the Live Expert Chat: Q: Sayan: Sir, till now it is seen that CAT 2010 has been easy to moderate. Is it expected to be up to this standard in the coming days? A: Sayan I am not so sure that it can be classified as easy to moderate. Actually what has happened is that in Quant there are three categories of questions – easy/sitters, moderate/between LOD 1 and 2 of my book & difficult/unsolvable/LOD 3. The difference in difficulty levels in the papers is essentially due to the change in distribution of each of these types. So while we have had distributions of 10-5-5, there have also been distributions of 12-5-3 and even 8-6-6. For your information, this has been the pattern over the past 10 years of CAT also. What makes it seem easy is that due to the online platform and one question appearing at a time, you end up seeing the easy questions. The future papers should also be the same – I dont see any logical reason for the paper to change its shape. As far as DI/LR is concerned, speed has become the major issue – while the difficulty level is moderate. Language section has been like the CAT of the past few years and is also expected to remain the same over the next few days. Q: Aparna: First week of CAT focused on block 1 and 4 in Quant. Will this continue or change in the upcoming days? I need your advice as my CAT exam is in last week. A: There have been block 3 and block 5 too in the initial days. So I do not tend to agree with your block 1 and 4 comment. So, you should be doing all blocks and avoid selective studying. Q: Sayan: Sir, My exam is on 16th. What sort of preparation should I take in the last week before CAT 2010? A: You may take a couple of mock tests. You could take your last mock test two days before the exam i.e. on 14th. Apart from that review and revise things you have already solved. Try to make sure that your form is good on that day. All the best! Q: Prasanna: Sir, on a test of moderate difficulty, what is the minimum number of questions to attempt in QA section (@ 80 per cent accuracy) for getting 85 + percentile? A: I think around 12 to 14 questions at that level of accuracy should give you your desired score. However, I would advise you to reduce your error percentage. Solve only what you know and try to get 10 questions all correct. Last year for instance, 14 with one wrong got a higher percentile than 18 with three errors. Q: Kumar: What should be the percentile (overall and individually) for someone with no work experience and not very good academic record to get a call from one of the IIMs and the number of correct attempts for the same? A: Difficult to say on that, as not very good academics record is a subjective term. But still I would put it at 99.4+ with individual section scores of 90+ in each. Q: Aparna: Sir in the last week of prep should we concentrate more on our weak or stronger sections? A: Concentrate more on your stronger sections Aparna! No time for turning around weaker sections now!! Q: Prasanna: Sir, considering the increased focus on accuracy, is it worth attempting questions where we can eliminate two answer choices (especially in the verbal section of the test)? A: Good question Prasanna! Depends on how many attempts you have done. If you are struggling for no of attempts then you can go for that strategy, but if you have got through 14+ questions all accurate, maybe you can desist from marking such questions where you are unable to distinguish between two choices. Q: Aparna: My LR is strong but have a bit of problem in DI (although not my weakest). How can I work on it? A: Interpretation/comprehension, calculations and speed are the two things you should focus on. Practice as many sets as possible. Also prove to yourself that you are able to solve normal DI questions. If you can solve the next 10 sets you pick up in practice there should be no reason why you should not solve the next three to four sets you face in the exam. Q: Aparna: What should be the strategy for cracking DI & LR? A: Speed should be the main criterion for cracking the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section. There should be 14 to 16 attempts with a maximum of one to two wrong attempts. Stay tuned to MBAUniverse.com for more CAT 2010 Live Expert Chats! About the Author: 相关的主题文章:

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