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Cat Goes Online

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