CAT v.s. GMATCATKing
First and the foremost thing is you need to find out what is your focus area! CAT and GMAT have almost the same syllabus, the difference between the two is the approach and strategy you apply to crack each one of them. If you are planning to appear for CAT 2018, and have started preparing for it then you can simultaneously prepare for GMAT as well. I’ll try and suggest a plan to proceed with your preparation.
The GMAT aptitude test consists of four sections, namely Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. As per the GMAT pattern , the test duration is three and half hours with specific time allotment for each section.
GMAT test pattern is a Computer Adaptive Test, where the candidates will receive questions one at a time and the difficulty level and score of the GMAT will depend on the accuracy of their previous answer. If you answer the first question correctly in GMAT exam, the next question will be of higher difficulty level. If the answer is wrong, the next question will be of lower difficulty level and will be scored accordingly.
The paper pattern for GMAT is given below:
There are 3 sections in CAT-
- Quantitative aptitude ( 34 marks)
- Data interpretation and logical reasoning ( 32 marks)
- Verbal ability ( 34 marks)
As you can compare, the verbal ability section in CAT consists of Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, ParaJumbles etc. In fact 24 marks out of 34 is Reading Comprehension. Moreover, the verbal ability for CAT is comparatively facile as compared with GMAT. For GMAT, you need to hone comprehension skills and that only comes via consistent practice. You need to be very strong in verbal ability if you need to boost scores in GMAT . On the other hand, in CAT Quantitative Aptitude has a higher difficulty level as compared to GMAT.
In conclusion, since the syllabus for CAT and GMAT is more or less the same and both these exams just differ in strategy depending upon their weightage to different areas, you can give both the exams and choose the best that fits your requirement thereafter.
By scoring good in CAT you would be eligible to apply to the India’s Best Business Schools, whereas by scoring well in GMAT and stronger applications, The world’s best business schools will open doors for you:)
So choose wisely and nail it!
All the best:)