Proctored Mock CAT 2- An Overview

This is a world full of surprises that defy expectations…It’s an era of the UNEXPECTED!!! It very well happened on the cricket field…the former T-20 world champions- India- being forced out of the tournament due to overconfidence and a casual approach towards the game. To save you the fate of our beloved Indian cricket team we also surprised you with a different format of the Proctored Mock test!

The test was designed to give you an idea of the unfathomable possibilities that exist in the well-maintained arsenal of the examiner. The test had a sectional time limit to make you aware of a new kind of battle field. Now let’s discuss in detail why such a test was designed and how tackling such a test can add weight to your preparation.

Why a test with Sectional Time Limit?

It is a well established fact that most online aptitude tests world-wide follow a pattern in which the sections are timed. So don’t be surprised if CAT follows suit. It not always good to lurch and relax in your comfort zone- most of us while taking a Mock test tend to spend more time in sections that we are comfortable with in the hope to maximize our scores. In the process we often neglect ways to improve our weaknesses.

The test with sectional time limit challenges you to build an overall aptitude and taste for topics which otherwise you may overlook or disdain. For example, a student who is not comfortable with English may not devote ample time to the section, instead he/she would try to maximize his/her scores in the quantitative aptitude or the data interpretation sections; however, with the sections being timed such a possibility becomes extinct.

While designing this test the time alloted to the sections was almost in the same proportion as the number of questions in each section, thus being unbiased to any particular section.

You should not have panicked but taken the sectional time-limit as an opportunity to score well!!! Let’s now analyse each section :-

Verbal Ability:- For a change this was the first section staring you in the face. However, the given 70 minutes were sufficient to get a good score in the section- the trick was to scan and pick the easy targets. A healthy mix of 5-6 questions from reading comprehension passages and another 12-14 questions from English usage would have landed you comfortably on the shore!!!

Quantitative Ability:- The sectional time-limit of 45 minutes was sufficient for you to scan and pick the doable questions, which ideally should become you strategy for such tests even in future. There were 6-7 doable questions in this section.

Data Interpretation:- The first set of four questions seemed much easier than the remaining three sets. Also, many DI sets based on set theory were present in our course material so solving such a set ideally would not have been a difficult task.

Best Of Luck!!!

The Career Launcher Team.

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UK may emerge as most preferred study destination

MUMBAI: The UK may once again emerge a preferred destination for higher studies among Indian students as a recent spate of attacks on the current batch in Australia forces them to redraw their plans. One of the best education systems and shortest visa processing time make UK the strongest contender to replace this affordable and easy-going destination for education.

“The pattern of education is the same in Australia and the UK as they both offer similar courses . And since UK enrols students in the September period versus July for Australia, this is still an open option for students ,” said the director of a large education consultancy firm in Mumbai. The average fee for a course in engineering or MBA is the same in the UK as that in Australia.

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Source: Economic Times

Take the Test- The Statesman- 16th June, 2009

Career Launcher has designed a full-fledged proctored mock CAT for tech-savvy aspirants.

Proctored Mock CAT 1- An Overview

Finally, the time has come when you should be abreast with the changing colours of one of the most coveted entrance examination- the Common Admission Test. This test was designed to give you a an actual feel of how it would be on the D-day. So how was the feel taking a simulation of the future in the new avatar? With the advent of the new technology, this test seems different, albeit with similar questions pattern.

In this paper you had to fight the battle on two fronts- tackling the known enemy- (questions present) and getting used to the battle ground- (the online version). A few problems that you could have encountered and would encounter in future are:-

1- Concentration- It is a fact that while reading and comprehending questions online, the level of concentration required is much higher than reading on paper.

2- Feeling lost in the vast jungle- When it comes especially to Data Interpretation and Reading Comprehension questions, one might feel completely lost if one doesn’t make a mental- map of what one is reading. Especially, in DI, a lot of students are in the habit of redrawing the table and the graphs, which consumes almost double the time required to solve a question. In an online test scenario, it becomes extremely difficult to note the information, hence, you must practice making a mental map and filtering relevant information. Even In Reading comprehension the scope of underlining key-words in the passage becomes redundant on screen. Therefore, mental map is the only solution.

3- Combat Fatigue- It is a widely accepted fact that while taking a test online one feels much tired due to the sitting posture…you have no choice but to sit upright, the old pleasures of slouching on the seat are history now. Another area where you might feel fatigued is your eyes. Reading constantly from the screen tires the eyes. A valuable suggestion would be to take a 30 seconds break in between a set of questions…you might just move your hands a bit and blink your eyes, this would help you to concentrate better.

This Mock test had an overall moderate level of difficulty with Quantitative Aptitude being on the tougher side. There was a healthy mix of questions in all the three sections.

Quantitative Aptitude:-This section was difficult. The trick to solve this section was to identify 7-9 relatively easy questions and attack them with 85% accuracy.

Data Interpretation:- This section was on the easier side with 2 sets that were very easy to crack. The DS questions were easy but tricky. A good scan would have helped you to identify these questions.

Verbal Ability:- This section was on an easier- moderate side. The grammar questions could have been well left out. The RC passages were short but required high level of comprehension. A good scan of the questions before attacking them could have helped you to get a good score. Overall, solving 10-15 questions with 85% accuracy would have helped you sail to the safer shores.

Tricks to combat the battle:- You must familiarise yourself with the battle field and prepare for the future battles by:-

1- Taking all the online Topic Tests.

2- Taking all the online Section Tests

3- Taking all the Online Mock tests.

Wish you Luck…

The Career Launcher Team.

India’s first IIT-IIM MP

Came across this news in the Times of India a few days back:

NEW DELHI: It is Indian education system’s ultimate ticket to the corporate boardroom. According to one study, around 50% of all CEOs in India have those magic letters on their CVs — IIT-IIM. But for all their brilliance and achievement in the corporate world, not a single member of the IIT-IIM club had so far entered Parliament as a member.

Now, Prem Das Rai, elected to the 15th Lok Sabha as the lone member from Sikkim, has the unique distinction of being the first ever IIT-IIMer in the Lok Sabha. Rai, 54, hopes to contribute his bit in changing the way Parliament and MPs are viewed in the country.

For the moment though, this IIT Kanpur (chemical engineering) and IIM Ahmedabad alumnus just wants to familiarize himself with the new job. As he puts it, ‘‘First, I need to look at the benchmarks of what constitutes a good MP. We are at a crossroads. People this time have voted for stability but they have also voted for better parliamentarians and parliamentary processes,’’ says the Sikkim Democratic Front MP, who early in his career chucked a cushy job as a multinational banker and later gave up opportunities in the US in favour of returning to his home state, Sikkim.

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