CAT Preparation Tips: Learn more about the ‘Wordpandit’ way to solve tests!
Subject for this article: How to utilise mocks in the best possible manner?
One key aspect that each CAT aspirant needs to understand is all of us are unique individuals, and there is no one size fit all strategy that works for everyone. What this means is that you need to develop your exam strategy, using objective analysis, and not blindly follow the path taken by others.
How do you do this?
You look at your mock data and try to figure out what works best for you. You can adopt any of the following approaches:
- Go all out for an attempt based approach, where you focus on solving the maximum number of questions (and therefore, compromise on your accuracy).
- Go for an accuracy-based approach, wherein you cut your losses and attempt only those questions which work best for you.
- You can follow the ‘some questions from all sets’ or ‘all questions from some sets’ approach for RCs and LR-DI sets.
- You can go through questions in the given order or selectively pick questions from a section (solve the exam in rounds, wherein you cherry-pick questions in each round).
The above are some examples of different approaches that you can adopt in the exam. Which one should you adopt? Well, this is where objective analysis comes into the picture.
Solve different mocks with different strategies. Then, identify which strategy works best for you on a consistent basis and form your test-prep strategy. Different students need different strategies, and you should identify the one that works for you.
Wordpandit Way: Which strategy do I adopt in exams?
Before I share my strategy, I want to clarify that this is purely a personal choice and you need to find your path.
I attempt exams in the following manner:
- Cherry-pick questions from the topics that I am comfortable.
- Solve the exam in rounds: keep skipping questions that I do not want to invest time on in the first go.
- Follow the ‘some questions from all sets’ rule for RCs.
- Follow the ‘all questions from some sets’ rule for LR-DI sets.
- Try to gain momentum in the first 20 minutes of the exam. For me, I can perform well in the first 20 minutes of the exam and make sure I have solved a few questions; I immediately relax, and this has an impact on my overall strategy.
This simple strategy helps me maximise my exam scores and helps me perform in exams. I arrived at this strategy through experimentation and analysis.
Have you found your strategy? Have you found your way in exams? In case you have not, start experimenting with mock tests and find your ideal exam strategy.