How mock CAT test series can help you score 99+ percentile?
With each passing day we are progressing towards the D day when the fate of lakhs of aspirants will be put to test, whether or not the midnight oil burnt for the preparation of CAT was sufficient enough to get one a phenomenal percentile. We are at that juncture where each minute of study, each day of toil and each new concept learnt will be pivotal in securing the desired percentile. Whether you are a working professional or a fresh college graduate, it is that time of the year when one’s preparation must go in full throttle with no stone left unturned if one aims to get into a reputed Business School. But what sets apart the 99 percentilers from those who end up with dreadful scores or even for that matter with those who end up with a percentile in the early nineties. Is it only the hard-work or the aptitude that this exam demands or is there something else that remains elusive to the masses but known only to the few who succeed.
In my opinion, it is the level of preparedness and familiarity with the dynamics of CAT and yet the flexibility and the ability to align along with the changing nature of this exam that plays the imperative part in the success of students. CAT is known for its uncertainties and the exhaustive nature of this exam can break even the resolute minds. This onscreen exam with the clock ticking away gives a panic attack to many, thereby forcing them to do sloppy mistakes and resulting in poor performance. So, how to adapt oneself to such nerve breaking test environment and give an optimum performance superseding your peer’s. It is where the Mock CAT Test Series help one in unleashing his/her true potential and helping in delivering a stunning performance at the actual exam you have been all waiting for.
1. Getting familiar with the test pattern and environment:
Mock CAT Test series are a great way of getting used to the test environment. Marking questions for review, using an online calculator, jumping from question to question in a quick span of time, leaving questions that appear unfamiliar and allocating time for each question requires practice and dedication and this is where the mocks come in handy. A good 50 + mocks before the CAT will help one to get suitably adapted to this exam and help in acing it.
2. Building strategies and tactics:
CAT is not just about knowledge and aptitude. It is also about how well you optimize your resources- knowledge, time and energy. There is no tailor-made strategy that works wonders for all. Everyone needs a different strategy and the best one comes out by experimenting. So, mocks should not be looked upon as merely a replica of CAT but also as a testing ground to evaluate strategies and tactics best suited according to one’s potential and limitations.
3. Building stamina and temperament:
For the past three years, CAT has been a three- hour online exam that puts loads of stress on the eyes and mind of a test taker. It requires stamina on the part of a student to be able to continuously use his grey matter and solve problems in the entire duration of the exam. Appearing for more than 50 mocks help in building that required stamina. Also, knowledge is one thing and translating it into results is a different ball game. This is where temperament comes into play. How well a candidate is able to maintain his composure in the face of adversity is what differentiates between losers and winners. It is a skill that can be developed through sheer practice and discipline. Mock CAT Test series are so designed and created to give one enough surprises and setbacks thereby resulting in the development of temperament.
4. Getting exposure to good quality and tricky questions:
Every Mock CAT Test Series boasts of good quality questions that are tricky and conceptual (whether they are in line with CAT or not is a different story). Learning involves giving one an exposure to a plethora of tricky problems that enhance conceptual clarity. Appearing for a good number of mocks can help one to amass some quality problems and sets and can refer to them from time to time.
5. Identifying the weak and strong areas:
Mock CAT Test Series help one to identify the weak and strong topics. For instance, if one is not able to solve problems on Time, Speed and Distance in a few mocks, then one can establish that he/she is not comfortable with that topic and needs to work upon that so as to improve. Similarly, identification of strong areas makes it easy to pick questions from that topic and solve them in a particular mock so as to maximize one’s score. Thus, knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses help in better planning and sound execution of strategies.
6. Getting habitual with onscreen problem solving:
As CAT and majority of other MBA entrance exams are computer-based, one needs to be adept in the onscreen reading of the problems and solving them. As Reading Comprehension contains long and vocabulary rich passages, it becomes quintessential for one to able to quickly and clearly read the passages and draw inferences from them. This is where mocks train you to read and solve RC questions easily and correctly. Similarly, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning contains big sets laden with numbers and figures. Sometimes you have to scroll up and down and even sideways to read the entire set. This causes weariness and slows down the thought process. To combat this, mocks repeatedly train you by exposing you to diverse and difficult sets that require skilful mind and eye coordination.
7. Act as a constant reminder:
Mock CAT Test Series will keep on reminding a student that he needs to raise the bar. As the mocks are held on a regular basis and can even be scheduled by a student (although that requires sound planning), they keep on pushing the students to revise the concepts and work upon their weak areas.
8. Barometer to gauge one’s level of preparedness:
Every serious aspirant purchases some or the other CAT Test Series. These mocks give an idea of his/her performance compared to his peers in terms of his percentile, rank and score. Also, the time taken by a student in a particular problem compared to the average time taken by the test takers gives an understanding of one’s problem-solving speed. Mocks are not just to evaluate one’s performance compared to others. They are also meant to help one analyse his/her growth trajectory starting from the first mock to the last and work scientifically towards improving it due the course of his preparation.
Having said enough about the utility of Mock CAT Test Series, it is high time to start appearing for the mocks if you haven’t started yet. If you are hell-bent on cracking CAT this year, then try to appear for at least 40-50 mocks so as to get a knack of this exam and get adapted to the highly strained and nerve breaking CAT environment before you actually appear for the career-shaping three hours of your life on 25th of November. Go with your full steam and don’t get perturbed by the setbacks witnessed during the mocks. Learn from your mistakes and make conscious efforts to avoid sloppy mistakes and avoidable errors.
Wishing you luck and happy learning.
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