4 important points while taking CAT 2016 practice mocks

4 important points while taking CAT 2016 practice mocks

Specially with few weeks left in the Journey of CAT Preperation, Practice tests mocks are one of the best tools to be focussed on. They are  a quantitative way to measure performance and improvement, but in order to get the most out of these super-sized practice sessions, you need to analyse them regularly.

1. Create Actual Test Environment!
Every opportunity you get, you should be simulating the test centre conditions which also means wearing the type of clothing you will be sporting on the test day. By getting your body adjusted to what it will experience on the test day, it won’t feel so foreign or nervous on ”the day”. Also try to use blank A4 sheets as Scratch Paper, that’s also going to help! Finally remember to take your practice tests during the time of day you will be taking your real CAT.

2  Strategy using Calendar.
When you begin your CAT preparation journey, get a calendar and look backwards from test day. Many students take mocks each week, but it is important to consider that each practice test takes  3-5 hours that you are not spending on drills and refining your skills. While there is no perfect formulae for scheduling practice mocks, try to take mocks after revising the topics thoroughly. This leads us to the next piece of advice: having goals and objectives for each practice mock.

3. Have a Point.
Every time you sit down to study CAT, your study session should have a clear goal and objective.  Make sure you maintain a separate notebook for each chapter and segregate topics wisely. For practice mocks, it does not have to encompass the entire test; it may be to “test out” a new strategy you have just learned to work on pacing on a specific section. Try to identify metrics through Practice Tests. They may not be easily detected through your sub score or total score, so it is important to keep in mind that you need not focus much on numbers if you are not doing a complete rehearsal of test day.

4. Find Plateau
That’s much easier said than done, but if you interpret a “Plateau” in your progress by focussing solely on your total score when you are making less quantifiable improvements. For anyone who has been on diet, you’ve likely hit a Plateau on the Scale, but you have victories such as being able to walk further without getting distracted or carry more grocery bags in one trip because you are getting physically stronger. So, Stay focussed on the “Non-Scale” victories in your CAT journey.

Make sure you are setting yourself up for practice tests by having a Roadmap. Test Reports will provide you with great insight on your strengths and weakness, improvement and areas which need your attention. It also gives proof that you have the stamina to get through three hours of Test. So Realise your potential, boost up and Study Well!

4 important points while taking CAT 2016 practice mocks