Exam Preparation

Mock Tests – Must know facts for an MBA aspirant

As humans, the things we must learn, we do by practicing them. As it is said, ‘Practice makes a man perfect’, and to learn for securing high percentiles top management entrance exam, aspirants must practice from Mock Tests. Mock test plays a vital role to determine the level of preparation for the actual test. It is practice exam or a revision attempt for the studentto prepare for an upcoming examination. After taking a mock test, a candidate can evaluate his performance and check in which areas requires attention and practice.

 Why Mock Test?

A Mock test is the most effective method of evaluating your current preparation level and re-strategize your future preparation plans. It also makes you familiar with the type of questions which might appear in the actual MBA entrance examination. If you solve past 5 years’ questions of CAT, you have high chances to crack the exam with a good percentile.

Also, If you are taking a mock test in a proctored environment, it will make you familiar to, the exam taking strategy and the time management as required for the exam day. It also will expose you to the stress and exam environment you may be exposed to on the actual D-day.

Therefore, every candidate should expose themselves to full-length mock tests in proctored situation.   After Identifying and rectifying on your weak areas and being fully prepared,one canattempt the exam with confidence. Mock. tests must be an integral part of your preparation strategy. You must start taking them at least 2 months from the test.

Mock tests tell candidates which topics they have already mastered. They can then direct their learning to other areas and spend minimal further time on the topics they already know.

 Give sectional mock tests

Since CAT 2016 will have three sections with a sectional time limit of 60 minutes, it is important to strategize Mock tests in such a way that you complete one section before time. Mock tests will let you check your sectional preparation, and will let you get familiar with the changes.

Analyze your strong and weak sections

Mock test will make you analyze which is your strong and weaker section. By knowing this you will be able to focus more on your weak section. You will also be able to know which section you must attempt first in the actual test, to save time and energy for the difficult section.

Keep buffer time

When you start preparing for an exam through a mock test, it is important that you keep a minimum of 20 minutes’ buffer time to finish the test. Keeping buffer time in the mock test will let you know your time management strategy. Also, practicing the test with a buffer time will give you ample of time to complete the exam on the actual test day.

 

Strategy for Logical Reasoning

A lot of people find Logical Reasoning (LR) tough; especially for exams like CAT, XAT, etc. However, the right approach towards your preparation can help you master this section.

Logical Reasoning is a section that requires two things; practice, and familiarity. Sections like Quants and Verbal Ability contain a lot of questions that require you to know certain concepts like mathematical formulas or grammatical rules, beforehand. However, logical reasoning hardly has any questions that need you to know important concepts beforehand.

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Strategy for Arithmetic

Here is a quick strategy for studying Arithmetic, which is a part of the syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude for MBA entrance exams.

1)      Percentages: This topic is one of the foundations with which you should build your preparation for Quant. It is a basic topic where you will learn how to remove percentages of numbers and values. You will also learn how to convert percentage values to fractions and vice-versa.

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Tips to drive away the fear of Quants

Quantitative Ability/Aptitude is the section that is feared most, by MBA Aspirants. What the aspirants don’t understand, is that you don’t need to be good with numbers to crack Quant. You just need to be good with applying logic to the given question.
Now, whether you fear this section or not, you will still need a strategy to crack this section. Following are some tips and guidelines that you can use to build your strategy for Quant:

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Strategy for XAT

XAT or the Xavier Aptitude Test is organized by XLRI (Jamshedpur), every year. XAT scores are applicable to the admission processes of around 100+ colleges.

In terms of difficulty levels, XAT is considered to be the toughest of all MBA Entrance exams.

XAT vs CAT

Students, who have studied for CAT, might find XAT to be along similar lines. Like CAT, you need not be a mathematical wizard, or an expert in English, to crack XAT.

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Grammar: Tips & Techniques that you won’t find anywhere else

Grammar questions in Verbal Ability aren’t much talked about. You will hardly find someone who says that they “spent time practicing Grammar questions” or who consider Grammar as their “favourite subject”.

Most of the students spend all their time on RCs, Para-jumbles, and the lot. They don’t really devote enough time towards Grammar. And some of them do clear the cut-offs without practicing Grammar. However, this is not the case for everyone.

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Why MICA is different…and how to prepare for it…

The pattern of MICAT is different from other MBA Entrance Exams. Most of the MBA Entrance exams are made up entirely of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). However, MICAT has a paper pattern that asks objective, as well as subjective questions. The marking scheme for each section isn’t usually disclosed. Although negative marking applies only to the objective questions (except Psychometric) and will not be applicable to any of the subjective questions.

Despite the pattern changing regularly, preparation strategy for all the common sections are given below.

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Strategy for TISSNET

TISSNET is the entrance test for the M.A. Program in Human Resources at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. This program is one of the most sought-after HR programs in the country.

Now, preparation for TISSNET is slightly different than the preparation for other MBA entrance tests. The key difference being that TISSNET isn’t that difficult as compared to the others (The General Awareness section however, is a completely different story).

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Analyzing your mocks – Things you might have missed

Taking Mocks is one of the most important steps towards getting a good score in an MBA Entrance Test. But you must know that you won’t get ahead just by giving mocks. After giving a mock, you have to sit and analyze every question that you have attempted. That is what will lead to better attempts and scores in future mocks. So, how do you go about this analysis? Read on.

Mock Analysis Guidelines:

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