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How to analyze CAT Mocks: Step-wise approach for CAT Mock AnalysisWith the onset of the MBA exam season, preparations have started in full swing, and candidates have started learning concepts and taking up cat mocks. However, a lot of candidates appearing for the CAT exam tend to forget one major factor which leads to a low percentile. Every candidate should analyze their cat mocks thoroughly. Mocks without thorough analysis are futile and a waste of time. But before jumping on the analyzing part of the mock, every CAT Aspirant needs to make sure they have their strategies and shortcuts to solve CAT Mocks. CAT online courses This article will give you a detailed analysis of how to analyze CAT Mocks thoroughly. Students following these steps to analyze Mocks will understand his/her weak areas and strong areas in the CAT Exam.
Steps to Analyze CAT Mocks-
Step 1: Appear for CAT Mocks:This may sound silly for the first step, but it is a genuine problem; A majority of the CAT Aspirants don't give Mocks! It's either because they have started late and now don't have enough time at hand, or because they keep procrastinating. While it's true that giving one mock requires a lot of time, energy, and dedication, there is no way out. If you look at the strategies of all-time CAT toppers, all they do is give mocks and analyze them (the analyzing part we will come to later), but for now, if you are one of those who haven't started giving mocks, start now!
Step 2: Targeting a Score for each CAT mock:The next problem with giving mocks is giving them half-heartedly. Appearing for cat mocks just for the sake of it is something that any candidate should not do. This might be a less common issue, but it exists. Some students just give the mock and ignore the score, which is also a wrong approach for the CAT exam. The right approach for your CAT preparation would be to first fix a score that you want to target and then attempt the mock. For example: Be determined that you will solve 4 sets of DILR and attempt at least 20 questions of Quants, to begin with. Once you give the mock, analyze the accuracy of your attempts, and accordingly keep increasing your target score and attempts. If you continue doing this, you will soon get into the flow of solving a higher number of questions in less time. Step 3: Analyze your CAT mock section-wise Here comes the most important part: analyzing the sections in your CAT mocks! Once you are done giving your mocks, make a mental note that you will dedicate at least a few hours (if not the entire day) to analyzing the CAT mock, section-wise. You have to analyze each of the sections namely, Verbal Ability, Logical reasoning, and Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability. Start by going through all the questions that you have attempted section-wise. For the ones that you have attempted wrong, check the solution, and analyze at which step you went wrong. Most of the time it's just because of a silly mistake, so try to understand the. In case of the ones that you solved right, again don't skip them, check if your solution matches the one provided in the mock solution. A lot of times they provide some shortcuts or tricks to solve the question that you may not know before, so don't skip the right ones either.
Step 4: Resolve the same CAT mockNow that you have gone through the entire paper and analyzed all the questions, resolve the entire CAT mock. Make sure to solve the questions that were not attempted, were wrong, and the questions where you didn't get enough time to solve. Identify the questions you missed out on, and try to segregate your silly mistakes. Make a note of the questions that you can solve without the time pressure. Try to understand how you solved the paper in the first go and how you should have solved it If you have analyzed your questions well in the previous step, you will notice that you have performed better in this attempt. That is exactly what we want, to learn from our mistakes and apply them in the future. Keep a note of all the new shortcuts you learned, and continue using them in your future mocks as well. CAT study material
Step 5: Keep a cheat -sheet handyIn continuation to step - 4, make a quick cheat sheet of all the things you learned from the exam. This should include:
- Shortcuts and Maths formulae
- Tips and techniques for Data Interpretation
- Logical reasoning self-made diagrams and codes
- Grammar and usage rules (new ones that you discovered in the exam)
- New words you learn