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  • 1. May 2009
    CAT Goes Online
    Ankit Sharma
  • 2. Disclaimer
    The information in this presentation is only
    indicative. A comprehensive assessment
    will only be possible after the IIMs give out
    more information.
  • 3. Session Objective
    Discuss the likely implications of the change in test format
    Changes in test taking strategies
    Live demo of the possible test formats
    Most importantly, reduce the
    uncertainty in the mind of the
    CAT aspirant.
  • 4. What Does It Mean To You ?
    Life will change !
    New rules will be made
    New skills will be required
    New order of success will be defined
    Being aware and adjusting to it is the key!
  • 5. CAT History
  • 6. Online Tests Formats
  • 7. Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)
    Standardized test
    Students have to attempt all questions
    Based on the answer to previous question, next question is picked – of a different difficulty level
    More challenging, as the student has to prepare all topics
    The first few questions have to be attempted very cautiously
  • 8. Computer Based Test (CBT)
    Students get a similar difficulty level of paper even if exam is conducted on different days
    Questions tagged to particular difficulty levels
    Students can scroll through the entire paper, thus selecting questions
  • 9. CAT Online Exam Facts - I
  • 10. CAT Online Exam Facts - II
  • 11. 20 – 20 Analysis
    “ We feel that the quantitative aptitude part of the CAT
    will remain the same but the comprehension passages, in
    the reading part, will become shorter. Also, the data
    interpretation section will become smaller.”, Gautam
    Puri, Vice Chairman, Career Launcher
  • 12. Impact On Your
    Cracking Online CAT
  • 13. Computers
    As you have been using computers for a long time do not be
    overconfident. You might be in for a big surprise!
    There are 3 stages of getting used to computers
    Taking computer based tests on a regular basis
    Smaller problem to tackle
    Get used to similar test (GMAT) interfaces
    You should only need to know how to click on the correct answer, submit the answer or skip the answer by clicking on the relevant radio buttons on the screen
  • 14. Computers
    Getting used to reading and comprehending from the computers
    It’s a long drawn process
    Reading from the computer and comprehending is slightly different from doing the same from sheet of paper
    We have been used to the paper formats for such a long time that our eye – mind coordination has got used to it
    Practice is the key factor
  • 15. Computers
    Maintain discipline while taking the test
    Different timings for tests
    Build appetite for long tests – start from short ones and move to long ones
    If possible take test on different machines such as laptops and desktops
  • 16. Practice Tests
    Do not have the attitude shown in the above cartoon 
    Large number of tests available on Career Launcher SIS
    Questions database of over 1 lakh, to generate multiple sets
    Tagged Questions – To generate queries of multiple difficulty (Difficult, Moderate and Easy) levels
  • 17. Practice Tests
    Free online test on www.careerlauncher.com
    Have a look at the GMAT papers of the previous years
    • www.mba.com
    • 18. www.kaptest.com
    If possible, have a look at the TOEFL papers for ensuring a comfort level with the online software
    • www.ets.org
  • Exam Date and Time
    The plan is to conduct it on 10 different days
    You may be asked to book your time slots and take the tests at some designated centres, mostly on first come first serve basis
    Exam to be held sometime in calendar year end (Nov/Dec)
  • 19. Exam Pattern - I
    Candidates would get different questions
    All papers would be of similar levels of difficulty
    Pattern is more or less expected to remain the same
    High probability of reduction in length of reading comprehensions
    Sections might see the following changes
    Sectional time limits
    To be answered in fixed order
    Navigation in sections may not be possible
    Candidate will not be able to spend more time on his area of strength
  • 20. Exam Pattern - II
    Question display may be as follows
    One question will be displayed at a time
    In the above case, there might be an option to return to a question later
    All questions of a section will be displayed
    Reading and comprehending questions will be affected
    Candidate will not be able to highlight important lines in a passage
    Scrolling across passages will be required
  • 21. Exam Pattern - III
    Solving quantitative and data interpretation questions especially graphical questions will be much more tedious, as the candidate may have to redraw the graphs offline
    Candidate will have to make notes offline, thus reducing his/her speed and may also affect his accuracy
  • 22. Exam - Do’s and Don'ts
    Do not discuss your questions and answers with any one until all the 10 exam days are over
    Refrain from sharing your question and answers on websites such as www.pagalguy.com
    As the online CAT is going to be held for the first time, given an option, do not book a time slot in the first couple of days
    Given an option, if comfortable book the morning slot for taking the exam
  • 23. Preparation
    There are 3 stages of your preparation
    You learn as you are doing now. Just because CAT has gone
    online the conceptual learning is not going to change. Just
    stick to your fundamental books and move onto the online tests
    for practice.
  • 24. Preparation
    Part of this must be offline and part of it online. Career
    Launcher would upload many more tests online in the
    next few weeks to enable you to get as much practice as
    possible online. Apart from these practice free GMAT
    tests on websites.
  • 25. Preparation
    Testing for a significant part must be online. This is
    because your strategies would significantly change since
    it is no longer a paper based format. You need to
    experience enough full duration tests on the computer to
    make yourself aware of what is working for you and what
    is not.
  • 26. Immediate Action
    There are a few things that you must immediately do.
    • Start taking tests on the SIS immediately. Make sure that you have sufficient practice of taking computer-based tests especially in RC and DI
    • 27. Read e-newspapers, e-books
    • 28. Make sure that every test that is made available to you by Career Launcher is completed. This would be more than sufficient for you to get cracking in CAT
  • 29. All The Best