The main objective of analyzing a mock test is to identify your strong and weak areas. Mock tests are designed to acquaint you with online interface as well as the pattern of actual CAT exam. Many students keep postponing, thinking- "I am not prepared yet" or "I still don't know enough to attempt a mock test". Procrastinating can result in you losing valuable time left for the exam, which will adversely affect your CAT score. So, go for it now because 'there is no tomorrow'.
If the idea of full-length mock tests scares you too much, attempt the sectional tests first. This will build up your confidence to take full length tests too. Once you attempt the mock tests, the next important step is to analyze your performance. Mock tests let you gauge the level of your preparation for the CAT exam. Many aspirants put equal amount of hard work, but what differentiates their score in actual exam is their strategy for the exam. this strategy along with optimum level of hard work is what constitutes 'SMART WORK'. Only an efficient analysis can lead to an effective strategy.
What exactly is this analysis? Let's understand this step by step.
Analysing does not only mean 'aiming for a specific score', but a lot of other things 'Where you went wrong?', ‘Where did you spend more time than required?', 'On which questions you should have invested more time?', 'With which questions you should have started?' etc.
This gives you a broad idea of the areas on which you need to work more.
Remember that this strategy differs from person to person. The strategy that works best for you, may not work for the other person. You have to keep modifying your strategy while attempting mock tests, until you find that ‘appropriate strategy’ which suits you the best.
Giving mock tests without strategizing or reworking your strategy, is like trying to cut the same tree without sharpening the axe. This results in repetition of the same mistakes and negligible improvement in the score, thus defeating the very purpose of mock tests.
While going through the solutions, check for the following parameters:
When you attempt a mock test, always start with the section you are most comfortable with. Your attitude has a great impact on your performance in the test. A negative attitude can hamper your performance while a positive attitude will boost your score. Therefore, starting with an easy section will build up your confidence and fetch you a good score in the exam.
After sectional analysis, check your question-wise analysis and strategize within sections.
This kind of analysis lets you identify- which questions aren’t worth spending time, which questions should be done first, which questions should be tried later and how much time should be allotted to various question types.
Finally, planning is as much important as hard work. Keeping the above things in mind, do an effective analysis & develop a strategy that works best for you.