Importance of Mock CATsakanksha
A student preparing for 10th and 12th standard board exams will definitely give full-length prelims exams. These exams will instill confidence in him before appearing the board exams. Similarly, when preparing for CAT and other management exams, giving Mock test is very important in order to appear the exam confidently. It also makes you familiar to all the varieties of questions being asked. Giving mocks will help you to analyze your strong and weak areas. The mocks which you give help you to analyze your speed and also develop a strategy for the D day. In order to have an upper edge over the students, giving mocks with sincerity during CAT preparation should be the utmost priority for the students.
The ideal time to start taking Mock CATs
Ideally, a student preparing seriously for CAT should start taking his mock CATs around 8 weeks before the test. Before these 8 weeks, you should complete your basic preparation and be thorough with the concepts. Importance point to remember is to give only those Mock CATs which are standard and all the relevant topics with all levels of difficulty. In order to gain maximum benefit from giving these Mock CATs, it should become important for your preparation process, analyze the mocks and overcome the weaknesses one is facing.
How to best utilize from giving mock CATs?
According to toppers who have excelled in the CAT, their main success mantra was giving Mocks regularly and learning from the mistakes. The method and frequency of taking mocks regularly will decide your performance on the final day. If you are very comfortable giving mocks and if you are scoring well then your final paper on the D day will be a cakewalk and you definitely excel. Giving mocks regularly will help you keep motivated. Set a target for every mock and try to accomplish it. This way every time you achieve your target, you will feel proud and keeps you motivated.
Types of mock CATs
Based on the preparation level, a student can take three types of mock CATs:
- Full mock tests: This kind of mock CATs will be a replica of the actual CAT exam and this mock has to be taken very seriously as if you are sitting for the actual CAT. Full mock CAT consists of three sections i.e Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability Data Interpretation, and Logical Reasoning.
- Sectional mock tests: These sectional tests help the aspirants to check their preparation level for each section of the CAT exam. It is advisable to take the sectional tests of the topics before starting a full-length mock.
- Topic-based mock test: These tests will help you to check the preparation level of each topic. Tests on Permutation and Combination, Geometry, etc will help you to analyze the understanding of each concept.
How to analyze Mock CATs?
After giving a mock test, the next important thing is to analyze the Mock CATs to know your strengths and weaknesses. While analyzing the mocks keep the below points in mind:
Time: You need to analyze how much time taken to solve each question, which question took maximum time to solve, which section was the easiest and the hardest, average time spent on each question.
Accuracy: Number of attempts and accuracy of the questions attempted is very important because less accuracy can bring down your percentile. Every time you write a mock co-relate the attempts and accuracy and try to increase the accuracy. A decent number of attempts with high accuracy will fetch you more percentile than a student attempting a high number of questions with low accuracy.
Silly mistakes check: Most students tend to make silly mistakes while attempting exams. Mocks help you to analyze your silly mistakes and rectify them in your main CAT exam. If there is any common pattern in committing the mistakes then these mocks are a great tool to rectify them.
Short-cuts: A lot of problems you solve might have hidden short-cuts which help you save your time. Solutions of these mocks by experts will help you to learn these short-cuts and also strengthen your concepts.
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How many mocks to give before the main CAT exam?
Ideally, you should give one full-length mock per week from September. Only giving the mock will not help, one should analyze it thoroughly before attempting the next mock. Remember, analyzing mocks take time and one should plan properly for analysis of the mocks. In between the two main mocks, one should regularly attempt topic wise mocks to keep his concepts updated.
Apart from CAT mocks, give mock tests for other entrance exams like NMAT, IIFT, XAT to get your maximize your score and percentile.