03-17-2015, 06:55 PM
AS 2016-a first report in brief
The familiar CAT is back again! But this time around it was a renewed, expanded in length and duration, and on many counts, much more test taker-friendly than that in recent years. Examination scheduled to take just four test sessions and only four test forms rather than 20 days the saga was now drastically short of only two days. Today, the first meeting of CAT2016 was done on hundreds of test centers, which covers almost a hundred cities and towns across the country, with almost no technical errors being reported.
As revealed by the IIMS, AS paper consisted of two sections-(1) quantitative ability and interpretation of data, and (2) verbal ability and logical-reasoning with each section having 50 questions, and a total length of 170 minutes. This is a significantly expanded version throughout the 30 questions on the section and 140 minutes seen in recent years. Furthermore, this time, there was no Tutorial 15 min since the start of the test, as opposed to that of recent years. Instead, a comprehensive demo test, complete with instructions and frequently asked questions, has been made available well in advance in order to help students become familiar with the model and experience.
While the checking done while allowing candidates in the exam centres was reported to have been as stringent as that mentioned on the site AS a centre, students have reported that even frisking was not done.
Moreover, at some centers, infrastructure has been reported as being sub-par for an exam like CAT. And this was not limited to not having AC alone-even computer systems used for test administration were old and did not give students an experience of making happy testing.
As our interactions with multiple students, from all over the country, who took the cat in the first slot, but generally has been perceived as being not very different in terms of quality of content or difficulty level compared to the past Cats. But some areas were reported to have seen notable variations in the level of difficulty, especially in comparison to the past two years. In section I, quantitative skill area was perceived as relatively simple and doable by most students, as compared with the high level concepts and the difficulty level seen in the recent past. However, the opposite could be said about the interpretation of the data, which the sets involved, as well as the relatively difficult compared to the moderate level of difficulty seen earlier. In section II, the parties WILL have been assessed and RC to be around the same level as in recent years, but the LR was perceived as being very difficult.
T.I.M.E. students have expressed their happiness about the fact that the number of questions DI (n-section I) and LR (in section-II), which appeared in the CAT was the same as that experienced in the last three AIMCATs awarded by TIME. All sets of questions in DI, RC and LR has had four questions, each as indicated on the official site of the CAT.
Test makers feel that those who are strong with the basic concepts in the areas of testing would have been able to do better. T.I.M.E. students appreciated the rigour of AIMCATs put them through life easier in the current CAT. They complimented the exhaustive preparation our course gave them, what helped to do well in the CAT.
It is likely you would come across a lot of information legally permissible and sometimes inadmissible floating on the net, on various platforms on-line-about the types of questions, difficulty levels and a few other details about the exam. It is self-evident that we must break with the utmost caution in respect of any such content could have access to. There have been countless instances in the past where students were misled because they got the wrong cues from such dubious claims. If you appear for the CAT on the 22nd, they did not change the whole test taking strategy based on rumors about the composition of a few questions in a given space. It must not be the same for a slot later.
Another important point to remember is something we emphasize on every chat session-it is impossible for even the IIMS to predict the number of attempts to obtain an X or a Y percentile. the end result will be a result based on the level of difficulty of the work and the manner in which test takers other solved paper in time slot. Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to be influenced by predictions that you can find online or hear from friends.
Furthermore, in light of the IIMS not permitting the exchange of explicit information related to the exam, not job Coaching Institute/online portal may share between