Why, When and How to take CAT Mock Test?
Shruti.garg, 13 Nov 2019, #CAT
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Why, When and How to take CAT Mock Test - Authorities have activated the link for CAT 2019 Mock test on October 16. It is rightly said that practice builds confidence and empowers you to perform well. When it comes to competitive examinations, mock tests become necessary to know the level of preparation and areas that need more focus. Candidates who aspire to appear for Common Admission Test (CAT), they must know why, when and how to take the CAT mock test. By solving CAT mock tests on a regular basis candidates will be able to score higher percentile and analyze their strong and weak areas. IIM Kozhikode will conduct CAT 2019 on November 24. Owing to an increase in competition and with an increasing number of candidates appearing in the exam, the importance of mock test of CAT has increased. Hence, in order to leave no stone unturned so as to sail through the exam with ease, candidates must practice regularly the CAT mock test. By going through the mock test, candidates how to solve the questions in each section. With a month left for the test, candidates must buckle up for CAT mock tests which is available by IIM Kozhikode from October 16. Read this feature article by Careers360 to strategize preparation for CAT through mock tests.
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Why to Take CAT Mock Test?

Mock tests are taken to evaluate one’s performance. Moreover it helps candidates in analyzing their areas of concern, as suggested by one of the CAT 2018 100 percentile scorers, Rickshesh who says, “The first step I took for CAT preparation was to take up certain mock tests to understand my potential; my strengths and weaknesses which was followed by revision of concepts where I lacked knowledge and confidence. The basis of my preparation was on the sectional tests more than full-length mocks as it helped me understand my weaknesses.” Highlighting the significance of CAT mock test, who had scored 100 percentile states that, it increases speed and accuracy. On how to take CAT mock test he shares the strategy adopted by him and added, “I was weak in both VARC and DI & LR. For VARC, I employed different tactics in separate mocks, getting to know which sequence I should attempt the questions in. For LRDI, all I did was intensive practice and increase my speed.”

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Further why, when and how to take CAT mock test, Kaustubh, 99.99 percentile scorer says that “I made sure to practice mock tests at that time to make myself acquainted with the timing. This helped me a lot as it gave me a balance and did not drain me while I attempt the examination and took minimal breaks as possible to make myself comfortable on the day of the examination.”

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Therefore, mock tests must be taken frequently to assess oneself. No matter if one opts for either coaching centres or self-study, practicing mock tests will help one gain confidence and speed.

When to take CAT Mock Test?

The importance of when to take CAT mock test holds the key to success in the exam. One should avoid taking the mock test in the initial stage of preparation. However, candidates in the first two months can take one or two mock test so that they are able to gauge their preparation. Later on when they are well versed with the sections from which questions will be asked, and that point of time the frequency of taking CAT mock tests should be increased. Let’s have a look at the five stages of taking CAT mock test.

Stage 1- Before beginning the preparation

Stage 2- During the course of preparation

Stage 3- Before 4-6 months of examination

Stage 4- Before 2-4 months of examination

Stage 5- 1-2 weeks before examination

Stage 1- Before beginning the preparation

It is advised that the candidates must take a mock test before starting with CAT preparation. Taking a mock test before helps in knowing the exam pattern and the areas that need focus. Mihir, who scored 99.97 percentile in CAT 2018, while sharing his preparation strategy on why, when and how to take CAT mock test states, “I started off with my preparation by attempting mocks. This helped me to assess where I stood and where I needed help the most. I am a working professional so attempting mocks was the most convenient way for me to assess my performance.”

Stage 2- During the course of preparation

After analyzing weak areas and CAT exam pattern, candidates must now start their preparation by taking one mock test every month. Taking a mock test during the course of preparation will help to rectify strategy for preparation. Jagesh, who scored 100 percentile in CAT 2018, suggests that, “it is very essential that you attempt at least 20 to 30 mocks and go through the past years CAT question papers thoroughly. And even days before the exam you must go through the question papers so that you can familiarise yourself with the pattern.”

Stage 3- Before 4-6 months of examination

Herein candidates must finalize his/her preparation strategy and try appearing for one mock each week to tune in with the preparation well. Candidates might discover new areas to work upon. It is said, “Knowledge is of no value, you put into practice.” Knowing only the weak and strong areas will not help one improve unless the preparation through mock tests continues.

Stage 4- Before 2-4 months of examination

Just two to four months before the exam the question of “why, when and how to take CAT mock test” tends to baffle the students. At this stage students must attempt 2-3 mocks every week. Attempting 2-3 mocks will help in managing time and increasing accuracy for the final day of the examination. Amit, who bagged 100 percentile opined, “I started my CAT preparation in May 2018, as I was quite confident of my basics. I focused on intensive practice and solving as many questions as I could during the last five to six months leading up to the exam day. I spent May to June revising my concepts and started taking mocks around July and August, at a rate of one per week and increased it to one every day in the last month.”

Stage 5- 1-2 weeks before examination

In the final stage, when almost 10 days are left for examinations, students must analyze their previous mocks. Now the candidates must taper their preparation by giving more attention to previous mocks and taking 2 mocks in a week. Students must pursue their hobbies to de-stress for the D-day.

How to take CAT Mock Test?

CAT mock tests helps one in mastering topics and other areas which they already know about. Knowing how to utilize the CAT mock test is important to focus on other aspects as well as mentioned below:

Sectional Mock tests - With each section allotted 60 minutes, candidates must focus on their section-wise preparation strategy to complete each section within 60 minutes. Having said that mock tests will help candidates in getting familiar with each type of questions in each section and to plan accordingly. Manaswi, who scored 99.14 percentile shares his sectional strategy stating that, “I first solved all RCs before moving to VA. As RCs were much easier than mocks, I finished in around 40 minutes, and then subsequently I solved verbal questions in the remaining time.

For DI & LR, I spent the first eight minutes selecting questions and arranging them according to their difficulty level. My strategy was clear, even if I am stuck on a puzzle which seems easier, I won't spend more than eight minutes. I may solve two questions that of puzzles or three, I will move forward. By this way I attempted a fair number of questions with around 85 per cent accuracy.”

Remain focused, practice more and do not panic- Now in the last leg of your preparation you are able to know the level of your preparation for CAT 2019. Hence it is advisable not to panic and try to recall the mistakes that you committed while taking the mock test of CAT. Do not try to repeat those mistakes and remember the measures or steps that you took to rectify. Jagesh, who bagged 100 percentile share his strategy to tackle weak and strong areas, “ Since QA was my strength, I made it a point to practice as many QA questions and mocks as possible. And whenever I went wrong I sat down to understand my mistakes and make sure I understood the process and work. VARC was my weakness and to make sure it did not cause much trouble I practised as many passages as possible. I started by reading newspaper articles and editorials and increase my reading speed. After this was achieved I started solving passage questions.”

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NCERT books will sharpen your basics and you need strong basics for preparing for any entrance examination. Once your basics are in place, because the time period for preparation is quite less, your preparation should be extensive and thorough.

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Overall,once you know the syllabus, it's easier from there on.Go through the previous papers to analyse and prepare a comprehensive plan and set priorities according to the importance of different topics across sections. Customise your own study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. Gauge your preparation from time to time by taking mock tests. Solve questions to check your levels of preparation but not to set any targets. Remember, its ok to have cheat days and relax. But make sure you have a plan and stick to it for the next few months

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Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.

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