With the stacking number of aspirants every year, cracking entrance exams like Common Admission Test (CAT) and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is turning into a backbreaker. The situation is much worse for all those who are preparing for both simultaneously. With only a limited number of seats available in top institutes, it is of paramount importance to prepare rigorously for every subject. Understanding the problem you face, while splitting the time between CAT and GMAT preparations, we have brought several hacks to tame the CAT in order to nail both exams with flying colours.
In the GMAT, this segment contains 41 questions overall which needs to answer within the stipulated time of 75 minutes. Unlike CAT, one cannot skip any question in GMAT and all the questions should be answered in a sequence. No shuffling is allowed. Both the CAT & GMAT require checking grammatical mistakes so if you are preparing for CAT, you can also do the groundwork for GMAT. But one thing to be kept in mind is that the sentence correction section of the GMAT is based on American English, whereas it is Indian/British English in the case of CAT.
The preparation of CAT can be utilised maximum in the reading comprehension section of GMAT as they have almost the same pattern. Coming to the part of Critical Reasoning, it is very straightforward in CAT exams and more advanced for GMAT.
Unlike CAT, many topics like clocks, logarithms, shares, calendars and trigonometry will not come in GMAT. There will be 37 questions with a completion time of 75 minutes including Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving. Data sufficiency tests your calibre for identifying the least amount of information for answering a question and holds 12 to 18 questions.
Analytical Writing Assessment
The good news is you don’t have to practice this section for CAT as it does not include an essay writing section. However, the GMAT exam judges the way you think through this section. The test will be of 30 minutes and the grades will not be added in the verbal and quantitative sections. Your essays will be reviewed by both a software program and a human reader. So, prepare well to get scrutinized from all the angles, including content, writing mechanism, language skills and also the thought process. If you are well organised in portraying your thoughts through writing, then this particular section will be easy to pass. For AWA, search for some sample essays and understand the model of them.
Practice Mock Tests
Browse the internet for sample questions and mock tests. Practice to understand the varieties of questions and the mistakes you make while doing it. Work on your weaker areas while maintaining balance in both side preparation.
Benefits of Preparing for CAT and GMAT Simultaneously
Preparing for the CAT or the GMAT prepares one for the other exam to a significant extent. Keep in mind that the CAT Quant section is of a slightly higher level than the GMAT quant section. If you’re already well prepared for the CAT, brush up on your verbal ability and logical reasoning sections since they are much harder in the GMAT.