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How to prepare in this last week - CAT 2023

Updated On - November 21 2023 by Abhinandan Singh

Remember, the last week is about consolidation and ensuring you approach the exam with a calm and focused mindset. Stick to your well-thought-out preparation plan, and trust in the efforts you've put in throughout the year. Best of luck for CAT 2023!

Do's:

  1. Mock Test Strategy:
    • Focus on taking mock tests similar to the actual CAT exam.
    • Try to simulate exam conditions, including the time duration and environment.
  2. Revision:
    • Prioritize revising strong areas to reinforce concepts.
    • Ensure you cover key formulas, concepts, and strategies.
  3. Sectional Strengths:
    • Identify and reinforce your strengths in each section.
    • Practice more questions from sections where you are confident.
  4. Mock Test Analysis:
    • Analyze previous mock tests to understand strengths and weaknesses.
    • Focus on improving accuracy and time management.
  5. Mental and Physical Well-being:
    • Ensure you get adequate sleep to stay focused during the exam.
    • Practice relaxation techniques to manage stress.

Don'ts:

  1. New Topics:
    • Avoid starting new topics or concepts in the last week.
    • Focus on reinforcing what you have already studied.
  2. Overemphasis on Weak Areas:
    • While it's essential to address weaknesses, avoid excessive focus that may lead to stress.
    • Balance your efforts across all sections.
  3. Late-Night Study Sessions:
    • Avoid staying up late for last-minute cramming.
    • Maintain a regular sleep schedule to stay alert during the exam.
  4. Excessive Mock Tests:
    • While mock tests are crucial, don't overwhelm yourself with too many in the last week.
    • Use them strategically for targeted practice.
  5. Negative Thoughts:
    • Stay positive and confident.
    • Avoid comparing your preparation with others; focus on your strengths.

Here are last-minute preparation tips for the CAT 2023 exam:

Approach to Mock Tests:

  1. Simulate Exam Conditions:
    • Treat mock tests as if they are the actual CAT exam.
    • Take mocks at your scheduled time slot to align with the exam.
  2. Limited Mock Tests:
    • Limit the number of mock tests in the last week (3-4).
    • Avoid attempting too many to prevent demotivation.

Revision Strategy:

  1. Focused Revision:
    • Revise only topics you have already learned in the last 2-3 days.
    • Avoid starting new topics or attempting new mock tests.
  2. Use Notes and Formula Book:
    • Revise from your notes and formula book created during your CAT preparation.
  3. Time Management:
    • Emphasize easier-to-moderate level questions in the last week.
    • Focus on maximizing scores in areas where you are confident.

Exam Day Preparation:

  1. Strengths Focus:
    • Concentrate on your strengths to maximize scores in those areas.
    • Prioritize well-prepared topics in the last week.
  2. Avoid Overexertion:
    • Reduce time spent on challenging topics; focus on what you know well.
    • Maintain a balance to prevent burnout.

Day Before the Exam:

  1. Recreational Activities:
    • Engage in relaxing activities the day before the CAT exam.
    • Avoid long study or revision sessions to keep a positive mindset.

Analyzing Past Papers:

  1. CAT Papers Analysis:
    • Analyze past CAT papers and cutoffs for top B-schools.
    • Tailor your exam day strategy based on this analysis.

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