How to Improve Your CAT Score

Improve CAT Score
When you come right down to it, there are only two ways to improve your CAT score: answer more questions, or answer the same number of questions more accurately. But within those two categories, there are a variety of techniques you can use to boost your performance. So if you’re stressing out about how to improve your CAT score, stop stressing and read the below tips! Incorporate them into your CAT prep and see the “magic” at work.

Pinpoint Your Exact Areas of Weakness

So maybe your Verbal scores never stack up to your Quant scores. This fact doesn’t actually help us that much in coming up with strategies for improvement. Instead of blindly studying anything Verbal, go through your practice tests instead and categorize the kinds of questions you got wrong. Were they about Main Ideas? Author’s Tone? From there, you’ll be able to drill, take lessons, and improve your score more strategically.

Get the Timing Down

This shouldn’t be your primary concern when you first start preparing for the CAT. But in the month leading up to the official exam, it absolutely should take priority. Remember, you have less than two minutes to answer each question if you attempt them all. Because of this, it’s vital to know exactly how many questions you plan on answering during your exam and then calculating out . For further guidance on this, check out these posts:

And if you want to get faster, as well (who doesn’t?!), consider following this exercise from a previous post of mine:

Complete a set of ten questions in a particular subject area. Take note of how long it took you to finish them, but don’t set time limits. Next, do another set of ten questions, this time timed to ten seconds less than you took last time. Stay with this timing, repeating the drill until you can get your accuracy score back to where it was with the untimed set. Then, keep taking ten seconds off your time until you’re averaging around 1:30 per question.


Read constantly. Read high-quality materials from sources like The Economist, The New Yorker, and The Financial Times. Challenge yourself to come up with CAT-like questions about the passages—and then answer them. The ideal amount of time to spend reading? An hour a day, in addition to your CAT practice. I know, it sounds like a lot. But just wait until you see how many points it adds to your score…

Master Mental Maths

By the time October approaches, and preferably sooner, you should be well underway in your study of mental maths. How does this work? Mike has some awesome tips for how to basically turn your brain into a calculator (my words, not his!) on test day. But take heed! It requires a fair amount of practice beforehand.

In the End…

Strategies are really important, but they’re not as important as practice. Practice + strategies = the true key to how to improve your CAT score. By combining them and adding in time, you’ll see your marks soar during your next CAT exam.

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