The first thing you must do when starting CAT preparation is to take a mock test regardless of what you prepared so far. This will help you get acquainted with the test-taking environment, get an initial assessment of your position across test takers, and most importantly get first-hand experience of what lies ahead for the rest of the season.
It is difficult to leave any questions, especially those you know but are not confident in attempting. But keep in mind that it is no less than a gamble and you may end up losing marks instead of gaining marks which will play against you in the percentile. For an exam like CAT, attempting questions that you are not sure of is hardly rewarding. Therefore, keep your eye only on questions that you are sure about.
Always take the first few minutes to skim through each section, especially Quant and DILR. Identify the sets and questions you confidently know you can answer with speed and accuracy. Ensure that you solve all the questions that you are confident about before you start testing your luck with other questions if there is time left.
The target should be to take at least one mock per week and towards October increase the same to two mocks per week. By following this routine, you will be effectively able to monitor your progress and develop a sound test-taking strategy.
You must thoroughly analyze each and every mock you give and not repeat the same mistakes. Taking a mock without analyzing them is like shooting arrows without bothering whether they hit the target. It is imperative to thoroughly review each mock test for at least 3 hours or more. The analysis will help you identify which easy questions you missed out, questions that you should have left, and how you can better manage your time and maximize your score.
If you are scoring low in a particular section or believe that you must focus on one section alone, follow some essential tips to strengthen your preparation to improve the CAT mock scores. So based on your weakest or strongest section, you can focus on the section-wise tips to improve the overall percentile in mock tests.
To get tips for DILR and Quant preparation, click here.
After you have attempted a mock you can follow the given steps to analyze and improve based on your performance:
Step 1: Redo all the questions you got wrong or left unattempted in the paper
Step 2: Do a question-wise analysis, putting them into 6 categories (Good Shot, Risky Shot, Unforced Error, Double Negative, Missed Opportunity, and Well Left).
Step 3: Do a sub-section-wise analysis of the paper
Step 4: Identify the weak areas
Step 5: Solve questions from your weak areas. 3-4 days of the week should be dedicated to this
Step 6: You should watch the corresponding mock attempts by experts. Follow their techniques and you will see the difference in the result.
Step 7: Take the next mock!
If you have CL’s CAT Score Booster, then the question-wise analysis in Step 2 will be taken care of by that tool. Once you fill up the strength finder as per the topics that you find easy and difficult, you’ll get a personalized report after each mock in which all the questions of the mock will be categorized in one of the given 6 categories.
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Thus, at the end of the day, you can improve your CAT mocks with consistent practice, analysis, and attempts. One thing that you must remember is that you must consistently change and modify your test-taking strategy to make or observe any difference in the results. While no one method is correct to ace CAT, you must experiment and try the strategy that allows you to attempt the exam quickly and accurately in minimum time.
Giving mock tests regularly for your CAT preparation is important for a number of reasons. Here are some of the most important ones:
After giving a mock test, the candidate should spend time thoroughly analyzing the performance to identify weak points, strengths, and the exam pattern for CAT.
Previous years’ CAT papers are easily accessible online. You can also find the past papers by clicking here.
While mock tests are an essential part of your CAT preparation, they are not a reflection of your actual CAT scores and percentile. While the mock scores can approximately depict your actual performance, their accuracy in predicting your actual scores is completely dependent on the institute whose mocks you are referring for practise.