Solving mock tests is one of the best ways to prepare yourself for an entrance exam. Mock tests give you an idea of how ready you are to give the actual exam and how long you take solve the test. Most of the toppers of CAT exams have studied with the help of mock tests and advise students to solve as many mock tests as possible before appearing for the CAT exams. The following article will provide all the information you need to know as to why to need to take the test, and how.
A mock test is one of the best ways to prepare for a CAT exam or any kind of exam for that matter. It gives the students an idea of the pattern for the examination, how the marking is done, and the questions that have a chance of appearing on the actual test. The student gets a fair idea of where he stands on his actual preparation and how much more he needs to cover in order to complete his preparation. It gives you a good understanding of which part of the portion you are thorough with and which part you need to work on. A common practice is to solve the question papers of the previous 5 years. Once the student has prepped for this, they have a very good chance of clearing CAT and attaining a good percentile.
Since the mock test is an important part of the whole CAT preparation , students should start taking the mock test at least 2 months before the actual exam. This gives them enough time to analyse their mistakes that are highlighted after taking the mock test and then prepare for them. Students should start with one mock every ten days, and then keep increasing the count of the mock tests in the last month of preparation. What is more important than actually giving the test, is analysing the test that you have fared, and figuring which areas are weak so that you can work on them and be better prepared for the next exam. For the last week after which you give the actual exam, you should be confident about your preparation. By this point, an ample amount of mock tests should have been taken and all weak points should have been worked on and improved. The students should only be revising and going over weak points again.
Students should take the mock tests by setting a time limit in which they should finish taking the test. The whole point of this practice is to be able to finish the test before the time limit. Use a SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threats) style of analysis to get a clear picture of what questions you should be working on. Ideally, the mock exam should be done with a buffer time of 20 minutes.
We hope this article has helped to give you an idea as to how to prepare for CAT exams by giving mock tests. All the best for your exams, we hope you do well!