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Why Take The Mock Test Before The CAT Exam? Why Is It Important?

Mocks are the vital tool that equips a student towards shaping up their D-day performance

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Why Mocks?

Mock tests help students in revision, making strategies and discover what works best for them. Best available Mock test possess and inherit all the surprise elements of CAT. It is basically a simulated test environment in which CAT aspirants can experiment with themselves by applying different permutations and combinations of approaching the test so that one could zero on one single strategy that produces the best comparative score.  The best MOCKs are designed, and conducted, to help you build concepts, prepare strategies, identify weaknesses, and take steps to eliminate them. It simulates many variations that CAT could come up with and help students to optimize accuracy and speed for the exam. Experts suggest that Mocks are the vital tool that equips a student towards shaping up their D-day performance.

How to choose the Mocks?

CAT aspirants should carefully choose the Mocks in which the maximum of the prospective aspirants appears across the country. The heterogeneity of test takers makes the mocks a powerful tool to evaluate one’s performance. Good mock tests not only provide you questions on relevant topics and difficulty level but also a simulated environment and the navigation in accordance with the latest changes introduced in CAT. It also ensures that the students are well equipped for any eventualities on the final day. Once you keep on attempting the test you start adjusting to the test conditions, constraints and pressures and so the actual test would not tense, stress or surprise you much.

How to analyse the Mocks?

Test takers are advised to increase the frequency of Mocks in the last one month to 3 to 4 mocks in a week with a gap one day between the two mocks. The detailed analysis is an invaluable part of preparation which any serious CAT aspirant would vouch for. We should invest a considerable amount of time to analyse our performance. We should give the top priority to those questions in which time is invested but the answer is wrong. If you are observing any particular pattern in your mistakes, then it would be fairly easy to rectify it after identifying the cause of errors.

The second priority to those questions in which question is shortlisted after proper scanning but due to some or other reason it takes more than the allotted time. One should not forget that performing well in CAT purely based on one’s ability to filter out the easier ones first the relatively tougher ones to score over the rest. The difficulty level questions or out of the box questions which remained un-attempted is the last priority, but one should try to learn the hidden concept so that similar question can be attempted in the forthcoming tests if time permits.

Don’t be unnecessarily burdened with the fluctuation of scores. This could happen because you have been involved unwarranted/not well thought out experiments with your strategy, or have been writing mocks when you are tired or not able to concentrate.

The mocks attempted one week prior to the CAT normally test the consistency, nerves, intelligence and all the hard work you have put in over the last so many months. Treat these tests as your last few rehearsals before the CAT.

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Pradeep Pandey

The author is Academic Head of T.I.M.E.

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