CAT 2019 Mock Preparation: Practice makes a man perfect and the saying goes perfect when it comes to preparing for one of the most competitive management exams CAT. Mock tests are the most effective method of evaluating one’s current preparation level and re-strategize their future preparation plans. CAT Mock Tests play a vital role as they examine the level of preparation for the actual exam. Giving mocks will help one to analyze their strong and weak areas. They help in analyzing speed and also develop a strategy for the D-day. In order to have an upper edge over the students, giving mocks during CAT preparation should be the utmost priority for the CAT test takers.
Ideally, a student preparing seriously for CAT should start taking Mock CATs around 8 weeks before the test. Before these 8 weeks, one should complete their basic preparation and be thorough with the concepts. The important 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 out of the Mock CATs, one should analyze the mocks and overcome their weaknesses.
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 like the actual CAT exam. Full Mock CAT consists of three sections namely, 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 sectional tests before starting a full-length mock. One can join an Online CAT Quant Course, Verbal Course, and LRDI Course in order to practice sectional mocks.
- Topic-based Mock Tests: These tests will help you to check the preparation level of each topic and will help you to analyze the understanding of each concept. Online CAT Coaching provides topic-wise tests along with the full mock tests.
How to analyze Mock CATs?
After giving a mock test, the next important thing is to analyze the Mock CATs to know the strengths and weaknesses. While analyzing the mocks keep the below points in mind:
Time: You need to analyze how much time has been taken to solve each question, which question took the 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 the 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 very low accuracy.
Check the silly mistakes: Most students tend to make silly mistakes while attempting exams. Mocks help you to analyze the silly mistakes and rectify them in the 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 that you solve might have hidden short-cuts which help in saving time. Solutions of these mocks by experts will help you to learn these short-cuts and also strengthen the concepts.
CAT 2019 Mock Preparation: Do’s in Mock CAT
The sooner you start taking mock tests, the better it will be for your preparation. Before you begin taking your mock, these are the things that you should be doing:
- Make sure you take plenty of mock tests before the actual CAT.
- Take them as seriously as possible.
- Focus on building intensity.
- Analyze your strong and weak sections.
- Keep buffer time.
- Try out different strategies.
- Go through the analysis of all your previous mocks, identify your areas of strengths and weaknesses so that you can attempt questions accordingly.
- Maintain a proper rough sheet so that you can go through it while analyzing the mock. This will enable you to figure out where you are committing calculation errors and other silly mistakes.
- Once you have taken the mock, make sure that you do the analysis within 1-2 days of the results and solution getting published.
- Solve all the questions that you couldn’t solve or got wrong during the exam without any time limit.
- Bookmark the problems which had a different kind of question, a novel method of solving it or had anything which I would want to revise again.
CAT 2019 Mock Preparation: Don’ts in Mock CAT
- Don’t take the percentile scores seriously and get demotivated.
- Do not over analyze your mock scores and assume them to be perfectly fit to determine your actual scores. However, do keep track of your performance trend and keep going.
- Do not waste time if you are stuck at a question. Instead, proceed with the next set of questions and discuss the previous question with the right set of people who were able to solve this or you may discuss it in online forums as well.
- Do not take 2 Mock CATs in a day in order to increase your Mock CAT count, rather focus on accuracy.
Before the D-day, it is very essential to stay calm and not worry too much about the exam. As the timer starts, focus on getting each question that you attempt to contribute a positive score. Do not be afraid to move on from questions that take more time to solve. Remember, it’s about getting the questions right and not getting difficult questions right. In the end, I would like to say, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful”. All the Best!