The May CMAT aspirants have to cover all the subjects since the questions based on each of them carry equal marks. The weightage on any question is not less than the other one.
With just one month left for May Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) to begin, MBA aspirants must be ready for a rigorous preparation to score better in their last chance for B-school admission in the academic session 2013-15.
As you must be looking to utilise best the next one month for preparation of May CMAT 2013, this article of MBAUniverse.com Prep team of experts brings you the best strategy for each section.
The testing window of May CMAT begins on May 19 and continues till May 22. Before preparation strategy for each section during next one month, let’s have a look on the question pattern of CMAT.
Pattern of examination for CMAT:
Type of Questions Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Quantitative Techniques 25 100
& Data Interpretation
Logical Reasoning 25 100
Language Comprehension 25 100
General Awareness 25 100
The Time management for various sections should be judiciously carved out of the study schedule. It could be learning parallel to revising the learnt topics. You can divide the strategy among Language Comprehension, General Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude, data interpretation, and Logical Reasoning. Now the aspirant has to cover all the subjects since the questions based on each of them carry equal marks. The weightage on any question is not less than the other one.
This article brings you preparation strategy for Language Comprehension and General Awareness. The next article in this series will bring preparation strategy for Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation.
The ensuing one month needs –learning- revision-practice. Nevertheless, you may divide your study schedule and concentrate on following areas.
First 10 Days:
English: What to prepare -You may confront various types of questions to correct the errors in Language comprehension. If you have a good grasp on fundamentals you could correct them.
Revise the various parts of speech & usage of tenses– e.g.- usage of Articles, Non-finites, dangling modifiers, Nouns, Pronouns (Especially relative Pronouns), adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, spellings of the words, usage of punctuation, verbs, Syntax, Subject-verb Agreement, Simple, continuous, Perfect tenses and Conditional-unreal past etc. You must have been subscribing to some good study material related to the preparation to CMAT, now go for revision and practice to avoid the avoidable errors.
If you find that time is short – go for more and more exercises related to above topics-this will create interest and you will get more expertise
Vocabulary – use Flash Cards for synonyms-antonyms, exercises on one words substitution, Phrasal Verbs, Idioms. You need to practice as much as possible. Please remember every word has a specific use, while using the
vocabulary words always try to place right word for right use.
General Knowledge- You could further divide General Knowledge in three parts i) Conventional-available in books ii) Current- based on current reading of newspapers and periodicals iii) Business. Please remember current
GK-whether Business, national and international has an on-going preparation method and that is you have to go for thorough reading of the newspaper, note down the important events and relate them to something in your memory so that you may remember it. The conventional General Knowledge – if already prepared, must be revised regularly because no event in future might co-relate it. Revision will help.
Day 11 to 20:
English - Stop starting to learn any new and unfamiliar concept which might give you trouble. Apart from going for more and more exercises on error corrections and vocabulary usage. Begin attempting more Mocks and para jumbles alongwith word expressions. Reading comprehension passages, at least two a day are to be solved. Difficult words in them must be understood and should be put to correct usage.
General Knowledge – This segment must be covered with great enthusiasm now. Regular updating of General Knowledge in Business and Finance, Past related to present, Recent changes –National and international –must be at the core of study.
Day 21 to one day before examination:
English – Practice of fundamentals, vocabulary, parajumbles, Reading comprehension passages must be given more time. Mocks should be focussed. Queries must be sorted out – from books, Mentor or whatever source is available. No more new concepts but mocks and exercises should be at the core of the study schedule.
General Knowledge – Revision of learnt areas is required. Since the examination paper must have been prepared by now, you may not go for any new GK learning, however, conventional General Knowledge must be refreshed.
One day before the examination –
Practice a few things during the day, if you like. Do not attempt to cram your head further. Arrange your papers to be taken to examination hall, have nice food and go to sleep early.
The next article in this series will bring preparation strategy for Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation.
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