MAH CET 2017: Expert tips on sectional time management and accuracy
Every test taker is required to strategically develop not only a preparation plan but also a test taking approach to reduce the exam pressure and secure a good percentile. MAH CET 2017 is scheduled to be conducted on March 4 and 5 in computer based mode. Since last year, there have been few changes introduced in MAH CET exam pattern, which requires the MAH CET aspirants to develop a strategy according to the new pattern.
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Careers360 presents expert column on MAH CET 2017 by Ranjit Calangutkar, Course Head, T.I.M.E, who shares the section wise preparation strategy along with test taking tips for the exam day.
Sectional Strategic techniques for preparing the exam
The MAH MBA/MMS CET over the years has been a test of speed. The task of attempting 200 questions in 150 minutes with a high accuracy is not so easy. A few things required to crack the exam are proper preparation, good test taking strategy, practice and speed enhancement techniques. A lot of practice is required to build up speed. The more you practice, the better you do in the test. I have provided insights on every section, with regards to what best can be done in the next few days before the exam.
Quantitative aptitude (QA)
QA has been an integral part of any aptitude test; questions in this section will cover areas like basic arithmetic, geometry, algebra, Numbers and modern math. Data Interpretation (DI) and Data Sufficiency have been incorporated in the QA section itself. The level of difficulty of the questions in this section has been easy over the years.
Get your basics in place. Solving school level Math books would be of a good help. Also solve a lot of practice questions from a good source. As speed is what you need in this exam, know your tables, squares, and cubes very well. DI would form a major chunk of the QA section. I would advise the students to practice DI questions every day. Mental calculations and methods of approximations need to be practiced rigorously to solve calculation based DI sets. Make it a point to solve at least four sets of DI daily, by assigning about five minutes a set. Also, ensure that you use the best methods to solve them, as lengthier methods can lead to a lot of time being wasted. Also, the weight-age of chapters like Geometry, Mensuration, Permutation Combination and Probability is generally higher in these exams, so practice these chapters thoroughly. Generally the level of difficulty of the CET paper is easy, so know your basic formulae and concepts well and practice questions from all chapters.
Logical Ability (LA)
This section is the highest in terms of weightage. A candidate can actually boost his scores spending very less amount of time. Some areas in LA which are really easy and scoring like coding decoding, symbols, and notations, blood relations, direction sense, Deductions, Input output, Analogies, venn diagrams, decision making etc., are to be taken very seriously as these are the topics where test takers can maximise attempts with a greater accuracy. Other areas that occur in the LA section are verbal reasoning, analytical puzzles, linear circular arrangements, series etc. This is part of LA section where the students struggle a lot. Not having good practice in these areas can lead to a lot of wastage of time. A lot of practice is needed in these areas as the chances of making mistakes are higher. I would advise the students to solve at least four analytical puzzles on a daily basis, by giving about five minutes per puzzle having five sub-questions, as this area generally has a considerable weight-age in the paper. The recent CET models encapsulate a combination of critical reasoning with logic. The students can expect questions on courses of action, assumptions, strengthening and weakening of arguments embedded in the same question. Revising at least one topic of verbal reasoning and logical ability each everyday in the last few days would be sufficed.
CET has a trend of asking questions of a high level of difficulty from this section. Series, odd figure, analogies are some general areas that occur in this section. As this section will have 25 questions, the best the students can do here is practice 25 questions every day by giving themselves 15 minutes to complete them.
Verbal ability & Reading comprehension
Good language skills are a requirement for any MBA entrance exam. Some of the relevant areas for the CET exam are Jumbled paragraphs, Sentence correction, Vocabulary, Sentence/Paragraph completion, Synonyms-Antonyms, Idioms and Phrases, phrasal verbs, Cloze passages and Reading comprehension. The best part of this section lies in the fact that verbal ability questions can be solved in a very less amount of time. Students good at this section can save a lot of time and utilise it in QA and DI areas where time is a big issue. In the last few days, I would recommend the students should practice at least 2 RCs every day giving themselves a time limit of about five to six minutes for short passages and 10-12 minutes for long passages. Grammar rules should be on their finger tips. The students should have sufficient amount of practice of Jumbled paragraphs, cloze passages. Familiarity with idioms and phrasal verbs will strengthen their preparation.
Finally the students are advised to solve as many mocks as possible from a good reliable source. There are many mocks and previous year CET papers available in the market, which are irrelevant as per the CET pattern, even the previous year CET papers that are published by a few of the coaching institutes are not up to the mark. The students should try and take the mock tests in the same time slots as their actual CET exam; this will help them to get accustomed to write an exam during that time of the day.
MAH CET 2017 Test Taking Tips
Good Preparation alone will not help; the student also should have a good test taking strategy for attempting the paper. As the CET level of difficulty or the type of questions generally do not change, after giving a few mock tests the students will have a good idea about the paper and the questions asked. The students are supposed to categorise the questions into the following areas:
i) High speed high accuracy (HSHA)
ii) High speed low accuracy (HSLA)
iii) Low speed high accuracy (LSLA)
iv) Low speed low accuracy (LSLA)
At first, the student is supposed to finish off all the HSHA questions and ensure that none of them are left. Usually a paper will have about 80 – 90 HSHA questions. Ideal time allocation for the HSHA questions is about 60 minutes. The students should also be open to surprises as the difficulty levels may vary. In some cases an easier paper may include more of HSHA questions and a tougher paper would include less of HSHA questions. Solving the HSHA questions should also help the student complete the first scan of all the 200 questions. During the first scan, along with solving all the HSHA questions, the student is supposed to also locate the HSLA and LSHA questions which he is supposed to attempt in the next 60 minutes. He should take up the HSLA and LSHA questions in the next 60 minutes and the last 30 minutes should be kept for LSLA and guessing the unsolved questions as there are no negative markings. The above strategy may change at times as per the student’s level of preparation. For instance, a well-prepared student will have more questions in the HSHA area and may have to spend more time there which means he will have fewer questions in the other areas and require less time there. The students are advised to take as many mocks as possible and experiment different time allocation strategies in the mocks.
One day before MAH CET
Ensure that you have taken proper printouts of the MAH CET hall tickets and necessary documents to be taken at the exam venue. If possible, visit the venue beforehand to avoid any hassles on the day of the exam. Relax get some good sleep and give your best in the paper. Finally, my advice to all students would be, not to fall prey to any rumors and always rely on trusted sources for exam-related news.
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