Will my CAT preparation come in handy while targeting the GMAT?
If you are not sure about your recent CAT 2016 performance and are looking at other entry options to still pursue that coveted MBA from a reputed institute, the above question would have certainly crossed your mind. With an increasingly large number of schools in India now accepting GMAT scores for applications, a strong GMAT score could boost your career prospects and open doors to not only domestic but international B-schools as well. Through this post, let’s understand how your CAT preparation could jumpstart your GMAT journey. (for FAQs on GMAT, read this post by KA)
Although CAT & GMAT have quite a lot of differences in terms of their pattern (CAT is a straightforward MCQs type test, while GMAT is adaptive in nature), at the core both require you to brush up on your verbal and quantitative skill sets to fare well. Now presuming you prepared decently well for CAT, you must have certainly put in a considerable amount of effort on mastering these two sections. This effort will immensely help you in gearing up for GMAT – let’s closely look at each of these two sections to understand how:
- Quant: The level of difficulty for quant is inarguably far more in CAT as compared to GMAT. The plethora of quant topics that you cover while preparing for CAT, suffices more than what’s really needed for GMAT. You would only a need a couple of weeks of practice to adjust to the type of questions asked (data sufficiency and problem solving) in the GMAT and you would be good to go. Absolutely nothing to fret here. (If you still face issues, refer this post by KA for additional help.)
- Verbal: This is probably the key differentiator between CAT & GMAT. Although CAT covers question types such as reading comprehension (RC), sentence correction (SC) and critical reasoning (CR) among others, the depth to which these three topics are asked in the GMAT, requires some serious level of dedicated practice. However, with a clear strategy and focus, this section can be wrapped up in 6-8 weeks given the background CAT preparation.
GMAT has a couple of additional sections as well – Analytical Writing Ability (AWA) & Integrated Reasoning (IR), but they require a secondary focus and can be easily dealt with later during the course of preparation.
To sum it up, if you are considering taking the GMAT, your CAT preparation will certainly come in handy and with a couple of months of add-on focused effort, you’ll be able to not only adapt yourself to the pattern but also prepare to ace the test! With GMAT scores being valid for 5 years, this is perhaps the best time to go ahead and take the test, even if you are unsure of your plans.
And of course, you can always reach out to The Bootcamp for any support you might need with your GMAT preparation. We’ll be more than happy to help!
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