Before you go on to the CAT Study Material and the Questions (using the Links on
this page), here are a few common Pitfalls to avoid and Basic Strategies that will
help you get a higher CAT score.
- The obvious answer is the Wrong Answer
With the number of questions going down, there are hardly any 'sitter' questions in
the recent CATs. The obvious answer (the one you can guess without spending
much time on), is likely to be the wrong one, so be careful.
- Guess if you can eliminate at least ONE answer
Do NOT become emotionally involved with any question. Even if you think the
questions is outrageously difficult or outright incorrect. Just try to eliminate at least
one answer, guess and move on.
- Know that time can be your biggest enemy
Certain questions by their very nature take more time to answer. The first step to
better time management is to recognize these questions.
While doing your practice tests, try to become more aware of how much time you
have taken to answer a question. You will soon begin to develop an Internal Clock
that will help you meet the pacing requirements of the CAT and reduce test anxiety.
- Compare & Discard
This is immensely useful for the Reading Comprehension section of the CAT Exam.
While there may be a 'Perfect' answer to a question, it may not appear as one of the
What you need to do is compare the different answer choices and choose the best
one available. In fact you can usually zero down on two choices and discard the ones
that are distinctly different from these two.
- Use Short cuts Only when necessary
As I have explained in detail in my book 'Ways of the CAT Winners', it is
extremely important to be aware of all the possible shortcuts that are available to
you, however, these are to be used only if you are unable to apply the 'regular'
- Analyze your Strengths & Weaknesses and create a study plan unique to
The important thing here is NOT to ignore your strengths, and to stick to your study
- Managing Test Anxiety
More than anything else, the CAT is an test of your nerves. There are hundreds of
brilliant students who score MUCH lower in the CAT than they do in their practice
tests. It is important to manage your test anxiety. You can try using techniques like
'Thought Stopping', 'Self-Talk' and 'Visualization.
I have detailed out these and other advanced strategies for getting a 99 percentile
score in the ebook Ultimate Guide to cracking the CAT.