Prometric to release online `practice test` for CAT

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 22:48

New Delhi: To familiarise CAT aspirants with
the online format of the examination, Prometric, entrusted
with the task of conducting it, will soon be releasing a
`practice test` paper.

The `practice test` has been designed to provide a
comprehensive overview of what to expect on the day of the
examination for admissions to Indian Institutes of Management.

"The practice test will be available on
in about a couple of weeks to familiarise candidates with the
navigation and functionality of the CAT," managing director of
Prometric India Soumitra Roy said today.

There will be a tutorial followed by 12 sample questions
in the practice test and the candidates can take it as many
times they wish.

The sample questions in the practice test would, however,
not be representative of the content or difficulty level of
the actual test, he said.

"We came across several candidates last year who had some
difficulty in handling the online mode of the CAT test due to
lack of exposure," he said while highlighting the need for the
practice test. He said the practice test has been designed
with relevant inputs from the IIMs.

The tutorial will explain features like navigation around
the screen, question number, on-screen timer, next button,
previous button, mark button, review button and quit test

The CAT 2010 online test will be conducted in a staggered
format starting from October 27 and ending on November 24. The
last date for registration for the test is September 30.

Assuring that CAT 2010 will be free of glitches and
problems that had been encountered last year, Roy said they
have even ensured back-ups in case of any hitch.

CAT 2009, held for the first time under the online
format, was marred by technical glitches leading to the
rescheduling of the examinations.

Roy said they are preparing 147 labs across 78 centres
to conduct the CAT test. "The guarantee is that we will test
the candidates within the testing window period," he said.

He said a set of videos have been also uploaded in
youtube for the benefit of candidates. The videos contain
registration and scheduling, test day procedure, test format
and CAT scoring process among others.

He said they are halfway through the registration process
and it has been "absolutely flawless" so far.


First Published: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 22:48

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