Analyzing Your Mocks – Things You Might Have MissedRahul Singh
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:
1) Right your wrongs: Solve the questions for which you marked the wrong answer. Find out where you went wrong and learn whatever there is to learn about that concept. This will ensure that you do not make the same mistakes twice.
2) Types of wrongs: Not all the errors that you make are concept-based. Some errors may be just plain silly mistakes. While some errors may be due to a hasty approach and incorrect approximations. So always be aware of the type of errors that you make.
3) Rectifications: Understand what to do with your errors. If you are making too many calculation errors, it’s time to practice!
If you are making a lot of concept-based errors, it’s time to revise all the basics and concepts.
If you are making too many silly mistakes, it’s time to work on your alertness and practice some more!
4) Attempts & Accuracy: Focus on how much you have attempted. Make a list of the number of questions that you attempted. Now, keep increasing this number in every successive mock. If the numbers aren’t increasing, focus on the speed of solving the questions. Simultaneously, along the list of the number of questions, keep noting down the accuracy of your answers. Now, as done for the number of questions, try to increase your accuracy in each successive mock.
For example, let’s say that an LR set took 10 mins with 3 correct answers out of 6. So, next time, your goal should be to finish the set within 7-8 mins with 4-5 correct attempts. Eventually keep decreasing the time and increasing the correct attempts.
This will make sure that you are progressing on the right track in your mock analysis.
5) Solutions: You will obviously check the solution for the questions that you marked wrong. However, it would be wise to also check the solutions for the questions that you marked right. This will show you if there were any differences between your method of solving and the one that is shown in the solution. It will also show you different shortcuts and tricks used in the solution, which you may then use as required.
For the questions that you didn’t solve, try solving them again. If you are still unable to solve, look at the solutions and start learning.
6) Strengths & Weaknesses: Your first mock test will give you a hint about your strong and weak areas. Eventually, after analyzing some more mocks, you will have a good idea about these areas. Your strong areas are usually the ones that take less time to solve and are most of the times, right. Your weak areas are the ones that constantly have low accuracy.
7) The untouched ones: A lot of times, you will not be able to solve some questions in the mocks due to lack of time. While analyzing the mocks, these questions will strike you as ones that you could have easily gotten right. Here is where you need to check your strategy. If you feel that you are missing out on potential questions, then you are probably devoting some time to the complex questions which can be avoided. Again, this is where you have to modify your strategy.
If you are still missing out on the easy questions, then you need to start increasing your speed. Increasing your speed will help you to cover all the questions in time.
8) Notes: Write down the notes of what you learnt and keep them handy. These can include different tips and shortcuts for quant & DI, different approaches to LR, certain grammar rules, new words, etc.
9) Variance: If you are getting varying percentiles, then you have to speed up on your preparation.
Varying percentiles are an indication of any of the following factors:-
- lack of preparation in some areas
- inability to handle exam pressure
- tendency to panic in weak areas
- too much guesswork (which is to be avoided)
- too reliant on your strong areas
You have to make sure that you address these issues if you do come across any of them.
10) Smart Work: Do not spend too much time on complex unsolved questions. Sometimes, questions can be a bit too far away from the main concept. These questions are usually present to increase difficulty levels or to give the paper that ‘extra kick’. In such type of questions, focus more on the strategy and logic involved, rather than going after unheard-of concepts and terms.
11) Strategy: Finally, this is the most important aspect pertaining to mocks. Make a strategy before attempting a mock. After every mock, modify your strategy for the next mock. Keep on doing this until you develop the perfect strategy to increase your scores.
Remember, you will know when you have adopted the right strategy, once you know the following things:-
– What to Attempt
– When to Attempt
– How to Attempt
In the end, it isn’t about how many mocks you give. The real improvement is in what you do after the mock.
All the best!!