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CAT: Exam day tips
Sidharth Balakrishna
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November 14, 2008

As you prepare for the final countdown to CAT, here are some tips to keep in mind as you take the exam.

How to begin
You will be given the Question Booklet in the beginning and have some time to read it and go through the instructions. Go through the instructions in the booklet very carefully for it will give you information on:

Scanning the paper

Deciding your final strategy
It is only after you scan the paper that you can decide your final strategy. This will include all the following:

Attempting the paper

Strategies for questions

Other tips
~ Make sure you are marking the answers on your OMR sheet periodically while solving the questions. If you leave this for the end when there is no time left, you may make a mistake and circle the wrong option even though you have marked the correct answer on your question booklet!

~ Make sure that all the circles you make are made properly -- circles must be darkened completely and there should be no stray pencil or pen marks on your OMR sheet.

The author is an MBA from IIM Calcutta and is employed with a management consultancy. He is also a visiting faculty with MBA coaching centres in New Delhi [Images] and a freelance writer on travel and management related issues.

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