Monday, 22 October 2012

CAT-2012 My Experience

For the benefit of this blog, to be equipped with the experience of real time testing environment, I have decided to give CAT every year from this time onwards. My last attempt at CAT was in 2008 and that was the last PBT conducted by IIMs. From 2009 onwards, it has been conducted computer based. The very difference between PBT and CBT is that, in PBT we can have our own section-wise timelines. If you are strong in  Quant and if you feel that you have already cleared the cut-off in Verbal section, then you can give some extra time to review Quant section and get some points there. But here in CBT, there are clear time lines defined for each section. We have 70 min time for each of QA-DI and VA-LR sections. We can't have 50 min here and 90 min there.

About D'day and Test Centre
Date 21/10/2012
Time slot 10.00 AM
Candidates shall reach the venue 1.30 hrs before the allotted time slot. I reached by 8.15 AM. Initially finger prints of point-fingers of both hands and live-photo snap (half-size) are taken. Seat number is allotted. 42-systems are arranged in each of the three test-rooms of the Centre. I occupied the allotted seat at around 9.00 AM. Screen appeared with login/password prompt.
Test admin has entered login and password at 10 AM. Two options are provided on screen: Choosing a tutorial of 15 min duration or going straight-away to test. As most do, I opted for tutorial. Even if we know the procedures thoroughly, it is better to go through the tutorial for knowing about any surprise elements if exist.

About the tutorial:
Tutorial is a comprehensive document on test structure, screens, time duration etc., It explained how to go back and forth of the pages, where to mark for review, how to check the total Q's attempted/mark for review/ left unanswered etc.. It explained the use of scroll bar in browsing through questions of a multiple question-set. It explained about the prompts such as test/section completion prompt, 1-minute pre-completion indication prompt. One point to be noted is: What happens if you answer a question and mark it for review and in hurry it was left like that (forgot to remove "review" tag)?  Need not worry, it will be considered while calculating score.
In simple words the summary of the tutorial is: we can go back to any question and answer it or we can change the answer of any attempted question in a section before the closure of the time allotted for that section.

About the test:
Section-I: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 30 Q's 70 min
Section-II: Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning 30 Q's 70 min


Difficulty level: 
DI medium to tough
QA easy to medium


Difficulty level: 
LR medium to tough
VA easy to medium

As per the rule, we should not reveal the questions given in the examination and the same commitment is taken online before proceeding to the first screen of the test.

Given the rules, I could not go beyond this point. This may not be comprehensive but I thought it may be a little bit helpful for the guys taking the exam... All The Best...

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