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Sectional Tests Vs Mock CATs

Many students are so busy preparing that they forget to devote sufficient time to revise. But, revision is no longer re-doing or grasping the basics of Maths, Verbal or DI all the time. It must be executed in a more constructive manner. Instead of deciding arbitrarily what to revise, there should be some CAT mock tests and sectional tests for CAT that give feedback on which areas to specifically focus on. Please refer BYJU’S CAT College Predictor tool.

Revision is a personal and individual process, which is why there are multiple varieties of Mock CATs available. Be it sectional tests or complete mock CATs, periodically attempting and analysing these tests help form a shape to one’s final stage of preparation.

CAT Sectional Tests:

According to the recent pattern, there are three sections in CATQuantitative Aptitude, Verbal Aptitude and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. Sectional tests have mocks for each of these sections separately. Therefore, these are used in the preliminary stages of revision, before moving on to complete CAT mock tests. Below are a few suggestions for post sectional test analysis:

  • Quantitative Analysis (QA):

Look through the solutions for easy approaches and shortcuts which will be helpful in time management, irrespective of whether you have answered a question or not.

  • LR/DI:

The key to improving LR/DI is to practice more. Do solve the unanswered and incorrect questions before looking into the solution.

  • Verbal Ability:

Practice the questions and possibly attempt all of them before glancing at the solution.

After you have perfected the three sections separately, it’s time to move on to the next stage of revision i.e. the complete CAT mock exam.

CAT Mock Tests:

It is a must to develop and analyse multiple strategies to attempt a 3-hour long paper and get accustomed to the complete module. Mock CATs help in adapting to the new CAT pattern quickly, overcome anxiety by exercising self-control and analysing the strong and weak chapters in order to improve the performance. Enlisted are a few important points for post mock CAT exam analysis:

  • Focus on accuracy first, and then an increasing your speed while maintaining the same accuracy.
  • Determine your strong and weak sections. This allows you to divide your time for the coming week according to your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Categorize your mistakes. Mistakes don’t mean only those questions that are incorrect, it also includes those questions that you have not attempted.

The best strategy would be to work in both the sectional tests and complete CAT mock exams together. This can go in two ways:

  • Sequential approach:

You attempt a sectional test for each section and perfect it over time before you go ahead with Mock CAT.

  • Tactical approach:

You can attempt the 3-hour paper simulation, analyse and concentrate on your weak sections in sectional tests. Remember to take the test once a week, practice your week sections and re-attempt them in the subsequent week’s mock test.

Be sure to be on the right track by keeping a regular check. Keep practising until the CAT to ace the exam easily.