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CAT Online Test

From 2009 onwards CAT has become an online exam. Actually, the term 'online' is a misnomer as the test is not internet-based but only computer-based. In place of previous paper-pencil test, CAT aspirants would now use a computer interface. Instead of reading the CAT questions on a paper booklet and darkening the ovals on the answer-sheet, a candidate will read the CAT questions on a computer terminal and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option. A candidate will take the exam only at designated test venues in 30 cities across India.

CAT Online Registration Process

The CAT Online Registration fee is Rs.1400. The SC/ST category candidates can pay a discounted fee of Rs.700. Candidates are required to make the fee payment at selected Axis Bank Outlets once the registration for online CAT 2009 begins. They are required to fill a pay-in-slip at the selected Axis Bank Outlets to obtain the voucher. There will be two copies of the pay-in-slip. The bank will retain one copy of the filled pay-in-slip and the other will be stamped and given back to them. They should retain their copy of the pay-in-slip with them during the entire selection process. Note: The name on the pay-in-slip should match with the name appearing on the school-leaving certificate. Candidates can find the voucher number under the scratch-off area of the voucher they purchased at an Axis Bank outlet. They should ensure that they scratch off gently so the voucher number does not become illegible.

The rest of the registration instructions can be found HERE.

CAT Online Admit Card

Soon after candidates fill-in, review, and submit their personal information during online registration, an automated confirmation email, which will contain their Candidate Profile, will be sent to them at the email address provided. After submitting their personal information, they are expected to continue registration by scheduling their test date, test time, and venue. Once they have submitted this scheduling information, a 2nd automated confirmation email, which will contain their CAT 2009 Admit Card, will be sent to them at the email address provided. Only at this stage their CAT 2009 registration is complete. The admit card will contain the name of the candidate, test date, time, venue, confirmation no, CAT registration number and instructions for the candidate. The admit card will be sent to you as an email on your email address, provided by them, only when they filled in your online application and scheduled a test. It is therefore, mandatory for them to have a valid email account throughout the selection process. Note: They are required to take a print out of the Admit Card to bring with you to the test centre.

CAT Online Exam Day

Candidates have to report 2 hours prior to the test time. If the test begins at 10 AM, they are advised to reach the test centre by 8AM and no later than 8:30 AM. Candidate will need to bring their CAT 2009 Admit Card, voucher, a valid document as proof of SC/ST eligibility (if applicable). and one photo-identification to the test centre. Acceptable forms of photo identification are Driver's license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, College ID, Employee identification card, or a notarized Affidavit with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address. Candidates will not be permitted to take the test if photo identification and Admit Card is not presented. Note: They will have to store all other personal items at the test centre at your own risk. Please do not bring any other items to the test centre, as they are not permitted into the testing centre.

CAT Online Test Format

A demo of the CAT Online test can be found HERE. The test will be of 2 hours 30 minutes including 15 minutes tutorial. The actual test may contain about 60 to 70 questions.

Computer based testing is a proven and reliable process that is administered to tens of millions of people each year. As with paper and pencil testing, or virtually every other human endeavor, a very small number of problems could occur that might prevent a test from being delivered and/or a result from being generated. Unlike testing on a single day (as CAT was in the past), whenever multiple day testing is undertaken, a large number of questions have to be developed with the same level of difficulty. This requires a different technology for generation of tests and establishing their equivalence. All the tests over this day period are dissimilar while asking questions that test similar concepts. However, by design, the test includes a few questions that are common in at most two tests. This is a standard practice followed by all tests that are offered over multiple days (including GRE, GMAT, TOEFL etc) to develop equivalence in terms of difficulty between two tests. It helps in making appropriate adjustments for varying difficulty levels thereby making the scores comparable across multiple days of testing. A few common situations may occur across different tests forms but key data has always been different in all and each situation asks a different question or requires a different analysis. These may give an impression that questions have been repeated when that may not be true. This kind of testing process and its evaluation system which is common in other established tests such as GRE, GMAT, and TOEFL needs to be understood.

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