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Now, you can opt for online CAT coaching

With less than 60 days left for the Common Admission Test (CAT), 2010 applicants busy getting themselves accustomed with the new online test format. They are opting for online CAT coaching.



The developments made in the field
of technology have made the job quite easier for the CAT aspirants. Students can now take CAT preparation online as enough study materials are available on the internet for the students. Be it the sample question papers or vocabulary exercise books one can come across a wide variety of options to choose from. Online CAT preparation materials available are quite popular among both students as well as working professionals.

With the common Admissions Test (CAT) of the Indian Institutes of Management going online for the second year, a lot more candidates are opting for online coaching to prepare for them and get accustomed to the format introduced to much controversy in 2009.

Also a number of working professionals are looking for short term coaching, say tutorials, which are having to modify their modules to suit the new online CAT spread over 20 days, vastly different from the previous pen and pencil test conducted in a day.  R Shivakumar, director, research and development, Career Launcher, says candidates are looking for a one month comprehensive and concise course to help them with the online test. “We are having to modify our classes accordingly. In the past candidates began preparing for the tests six to 18 months in advance, but now there is a growing demand for the shorter coaching courses,” he explains.

Beginners however still seem to prefer to take coaching over a few month, according to the centres. Not only are the coaching centres having to cater to the different kinds of candidates coming to them nowbut they are also having to offer more online coaching, with a number of them opting for classroom and web-based learning for the tests. Some centres are reporting a 30 percent increase in the number of students opting for online coaching.

“There are many modifications in the test and we are working on last year’s experience,” Says Ajay Arora of TIME Academy. But the coaching centers are not expecting a rise in the number of CAT aspirants this year. Mr Arora feels the numbers will continue to be sluggish this year as well.

This is the second year for online CAT, and the number of sites providing free online tests have also spurred. Taking as many tests as possible may be the best way to prepare for the CAT; however, experts have warned that spending time on randomunscientifically-designed tests could have negative impact on the students.

“Many websites providing online tests are randomly picking the available test material. These are not technically sound and even the content is poor. Our assessment of these tests is that while they do offer a practice piece, the difficulty levels are random and are not scientifically-designed. So they offer students poor testing experience.” Said Shivakumar.

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