September 19, 2017

How to Analyse Your CAT Mock Test?

With over 2 lakh candidates attempting the exam every year, the CAT exam has now become one of the toughest and most competitive exams in the country. As the exam is a prerequisite for admissions in all the IIMs and other top B-Schools, the MBA aspirants should honestly dedicate themselves to score well and get into their preferred Institute.

It should be noted that the speed and accuracy of the candidates are more important than attempting a higher number of questions. Thus, it can be said that the duration of the exam with respect to the number of questions is what makes the exam harder. As the questions are doable and time-taking, it is very important to solve the questions accurately and quickly in the given time.

The speed, accuracy and confidence to solve the questions can be easily achieved by taking numerous CAT Mock Tests and properly analyzing the progress. Now, mock tests are just the replica of the original exam with the actual duration, pattern and the level of difficulty of the questions. These mock tests can also help to strategize a preparation plan after properly analyzing the self-progress.

The analysis of the CAT Mock tests can be broadly classified or segmented into four sections as:

  1. Score Analysis
  2. Timing Analysis
  3. Method Analysis and
  4. Mistakes Analysis

Knowing the importance of these aforementioned sections is very crucial to analyze the Mock test and self-progress. So, here is an explanation on each of the four sections of a CAT Mock Test.

  • Score Analysis

As the difficulty level of the questions in Mock tests is moderate to difficult, scoring well in the mock tests is very crucial. As the CAT exam is known to surprise the candidates by varying the questions and pattern, improving the mock scores by being accurate is another important aspect.

It can be said that scoring with 80% accuracy in Mock tests, can easily fetch (70-75)% marks in the actual CAT exam. So, keep improving the accuracy and score in the mocks to improve your chances of getting more marks in the CAT exam easily.

  • Timing Analysis

As the CAT exam has a limited time of 3 hours, the test-takers need to complete all the sections in that particular time. As solving 100 questions in 3 hours is a bit challenging, it is advised to prepare for the challenge in advance and improve your timing by taking numerous mock tests beforehand.

By taking mocks, the aspirants can get acquainted with all the different questions and improve their speed of solving the related questions.

  • Method Analysis

As there are multiple methods of solving any particular question, especially in the Quantitative section, choosing the best and the shortest method is very crucial. With mock tests, the candidates can experiment on different methods and identify the method that best suits them.

So, learn various methods of solving and approaching particular questions and apply the methodologies in the mock test to analyze the time and accuracy of the methods.

  • Mistakes Analysis

Making mistakes is simply a sign of progress and further approach. While taking mock tests, mistakes are sure to follow and analyzing those mistakes and rectifying them is more important.

So, mistakes should never be ignored and must be properly analyzed to prevent the same from occurring in the actual CAT exam.

With these points, start analyzing your mock CAT tests and improve preparation by properly strategizing on the strengths and weaknesses. It is suggested to work on the weak areas properly along with refurbishing the stronger areas simultaneously. As the exam is extremely competitive, there is no scope of leaving the weaker topics or ignoring the stronger ones. Be dedicated, hardworking and relaxed to ace the CAT exam and get into any of the Prestigious B-Schools in the country.

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