Why writing CAT mocks is important and how to make the most of it?

In this article we discuss why writing CAT mocks is an essential aspect of your CAT preparation and how you can maximize your score with each CAT mock that you write.

What do "Mock Tests" mean?

A mock test is a stimulator of the actual CAT exam, the only difference being that you are not attempting the real one. It is basically a convenient and a flexi version of the CAT examination, which is solely given by a candidate to know how to bell the CAT. It is an online version of the CAT sample paper. It is advisable for students to take mock tests at each and every step of their preparation, so that they can be well prepared for the actual test of CAT. The main idea behind the creation of CAT mocks was to develop familiarity among the students towards the real test taking experience. Students also get access to detailed solution analysis right after the completion of the mock so that they can juxtapose their answers with the correct solutions and get a fair idea of where they stand with respect to their preparation. It also enables them to be open to any alterations in their current preparation plan, as well as to double think over their current approaches and methods to solve a particular question. It is all about time management after all!

Significance of Mock Tests

Let us understand why so many CAT mentors believe taking mock tests to be incumbent on the aspirant targeting CAT 2020:

  • It is one of the most fool-proof methods of analyzing your preparation level and your performance. It can help you carve the variations in your current opted strategy and help you improvise your traditional test-taking approach.
  • It pertains to the latest examination pattern and trends that will be witnessed in CAT examination for that year.
  • Taking multiple mocks will strengthen your ‘mental calculations’ and further, your accuracy and speed. This will prevent u from losing marks in the actual examination due to the dreaded negative marking scheme of CAT
  • It helps you identify and dodge the “trick questions” in the examinations that you are likely to encounter and hence, aids towards reducing the number of guessed or incorrect attempts. It helps you to finally bell your CAT confidently. Initially, you might face the music while taking a CAT mock as you stumble upon the dreaded “sitters” of the examination. But slowly and gradually, you would gain mastery over the questions and try your hand at solving sitters within the time frame. Kindly note that this would only be possible if u practice regularly.
  • The ranking system of CAT mocks will depict your rank with respect to other mock test takers, Continously seeing your name on the ranking board will instill confidence in you to perform better with each and every mock and try to surpass candidates ranking above you.

Hence, writing mocks enable students to get used to the exam pressure and understand the competition. CAT is roughly taken by 2 lakh aspirants once in a year and keeping this in mind, students need to experience the phenomenon before the actual phenomenon. The reading of the exam’s actual character will do justice to your perspicacity and fluency during the examination due to exhaustive practice. You can subsequently frame your time conserving strategies and attempt each section with a pre-determined approach.

Why writing CAT Mocks is important?

A mock test is a stimulator of the actual CAT exam, the only difference being that you are not attempting the real one. It is basically a convenient and a flexi version of the CAT examination, which is solely given by a candidate to know how to bell the CAT. It is an online version of the CAT sample paper. It is advisable for students to take mock tests at each and every step of their preparation, so that they can be well prepared for the actual test of CAT. The main idea behind the creation of CAT mocks was to develop familiarity among the students towards the real test taking experience. Students also get access to detailed solution analysis right after the completion of the mock so that they can juxtapose their answers with the correct solutions and get a fair idea of where they stand with respect to their preparation. It also enables them to be open to any alterations in their current preparation plan, as well as to double think over their current approaches and methods to solve a particular question. It is all about time management after all!

Why is it believed that CAT mocks give you a feel of the actual CAT examination?

CAT 2020will be conducted by IIM Kozhikode on 29th November 2020. The official notification will be released in the last week of July 2020. Prior to taking CAT, candidates must ensure they have a sound understanding of the CAT exam pattern, CAT syllabus and the marking scheme set by IIM. If you walk in the examination hall thinking it is the same as that of other entrance tests, you are mistaken. There are significant parameters IN cat question paper which is disparate from the candidate’s expectations. However, the only way to take the examination and not be surprised but confident are the CAT mocks. CAT mocks are designed in the same way as the CAT question paper. From the test structure to the marking scheme, to the topic weightage to the nature of questions in the paper, CAT mock is a recreation of this management entrance.

The CL's free practice mocks (overall and sectional ) are updated annually , considering the one-year validity of CAT exam scores. These mocks can be taken from the perspective of enhancing speed and accuracy and developing stamina to sit through a 3 hour long examination without any concentration lapses.

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How to make the most of a CAT Mock?

To help you gain the maximum benefit from each mock attempt and for it to become a vital tool in your learning process there are certain practices that you must follow after every mock attempt. First off, after taking a mock and checking your scores do not immediately jump to the next mock - this defeats the purpose of taking a mock test. It is necessary to analyse your mock attempt if you wish to see any improvement in your next mock score. By minutely analysing your mock attempt you will be able to identify the gaps in your preparation and take corrective measures. Second, solve all the questions after the mock.

Types of Mock tests Provided by Career Launcher

The experts at CL have come up with a set of free CAT mock tests for aspirants who wish to assess their preparation and boost their CAT score. The mocks have been divided into 3 categories subject to the area of interest of the candidate.

  • Full length Mocks – To take a complete 3 hour CAT mock test
  • Sectional Mocks – To take section-wise mock test
  • Topic-wise Mocks- To take topic-wise mock test pertaining to three sections of CAT
  • CAT Mock Test series - To take over 65 individually designed mocks with additive tools like percentile predictor, video attempts of each mock taken, score booster and more.

Check out CL’s CAT 2020 Test series which has been termed to have reached the nearest to CAT, testified by 1508 calls from the top IIMs last year.

Sectional CAT Mocks: VARC

RC Passages

  • Attempt the RC passages that you were not able to attempt in the given time and work on your speed. Ideally, your target should be to attempt all 34 questions in the given 60 minutes.
  • Figure out the reason for your incorrect attempts.
  • Go through the passages and learn the meaning of the words that you hadn’t come across before.

Verbal Ability

Go through all the Para Jumble, Para Summary, Odd one out sentence questions to understand why the given choice is correct or incorrect. Revise the difficult questions every week.

Sectional CAT Mocks: LRDI

  • Attempt all the data sets that you did not or could not attempt in the given time.
  • Identify the questions that could have been solved with the help of choices and revise them every week.
  • Identify the questions in which smarter techniques can be applied and revise them every week.

Sectional CAT Mocks: QA

  • Solve the question again and compare your approach with the one given in the video analysis.
  • Check if there are any shorter or faster methods to solve the particular question.
  • Check if the incorrect choices can be eliminated on the basis of logic.
  • Check if approximation or shortcuts get you to the answer faster.
  • Take note of the questions in which you have been able to identify an alternate method or those questions which have helped you understand the concept better. Revise these questions once every week.

Keeping the above pointers in mind you will be able to avoid unforced errors and work faster. Remember that revision is the key to higher speed and accuracy and therefore should be exercised at least once a week. If you religiously adhere to the recommendations in this article you will definitely see improvement in your mock scores. Moreover, it will make taking mocks an enriching experience.

Important guidelines to keep in mind during mock days:

There are some guidelines that must be followed by a candidate to strike that balance between rigorous CAT practice and peace of mind:

  • Don't jump into analysis right after taking a mock: Install a gap of at least 3-4 hours after taking a mock and before analyzing it. This is suggested because it will not be possible for an exhausted brain to understand its shortcomings after a 3 hour long test.
  • Also, do not extend the breather: In case you have attempted the mock in the last 24 hours, analyze it within that time frame. Otherwise you will tend to forget your own approach behind marking a suitable option.
  • Focus on number of overall attempts: The attempt rate largely varies according to the complexity of mocks. Mocks are generally designed to be of a higher difficulty level than that of CAT, so that you push out your maximum potential while solving a question. Also, you need not attempt a large number of questions to achieve your targeted sectional percentile. By keeping a tertiary track of this, you will be able to stretch your overall attempts even further.
  • Do not neglect your accuracy rate: Since your accuracy is directly proportional to the number of attempts, it nullifies the difficulty level and shows your performance in that mock. However, it can be an illusion sometimes as you might have gotten some questions accidentally correct.
  • Set benchmarks: The final point I wish to make is regarding having some benchmarks in place for each section prior to the mock attempt. This is because you should see yourself progressing.
  • Do not neglect your section-wise performance: In CAT 2017, the DILR section was so difficult that 15 correct attempts could fetch a 99%ile. If the attempt rate was a bit low in DILR, the accuracy rate will be inversely proportional to it. Thus, the sectional percentile is a true evaluator of your performance. Before taking every mock, it is advisable to set benchmarks of sectional percentiles in VARC, DILR and QA.

What measures should you take to improve your performance in CAT mock tests?

“Failure is a mock test before you appear for success’s exam”

Given below are the steps which would explain how to deal with the aftermath of mock tests and accordingly, furnish your exam strategy:

  • Attempt the questions you skipped during the mock: Start with closely examining the questions you left behind or solved incorrectly during mock because of time crunch or anxiety. If you solve them without any hindrance, it implies that you are clear with the concepts and only need to work on your speed. You need to relax during the test and learn to act smartly. The mock needs to be analyzed on the same day it was taken. Do not keep it pending for the coming day or before taking your next mock. This would break the chain of your preparation and make you go foggy on the concepts.
  • Build your concepts during mock breathers Do not be under a misconception that you can rest after analyzing your mock. Analysis is just a review of your performance. Now is the time to kick yourself mentally and work on areas that require utmost attention. Before the next mock, make sure you are clear with all the questions of the previous mock.
  • Optimization of time Like Career Launcher, some training institutes allow a candidate to inspect the entire time lapse on a single question. This is very important from the exam point of view. If you think you are wasting too much time on a particular question, skip it in your next mock. Taking a mock is basically a hit and trial exercise that enables you to constantly furnish your preparation strategy. One should try to extract the maximum benefits out of CAR mocks and take risks over here than the actual CAT examination.

Conclusion

Keeping the above pointers in mind you will be able to avoid unforced errors and work faster. Remember that revision is the key to higher speed and accuracy and therefore should be exercised at least once a week. If you religiously adhere to the recommendations in this article you will definitely see improvement in your mock scores. Moreover, it will make taking mocks an enriching experience.