- How to analyze your test performance?
I believe that the crux of any mock lies in its analysis, but more so in the first one. There can be several ways of looking at how you fared in the mock however, I would request you not to take the test score to your heart. On the contrary, the thought process should be aligned to judging how comfortable you were with the test format, the ability to solve seemingly straightforward questions with time constraints, and lastly a section-wise analysis. While it may still be too early to have a grasp of strengths or weaknesses, it is still possible to get a birds-eye view of whether a particular section comes naturally to a candidate and if there is a section that would need relatively more effort.
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- Next steps!
With a fair sense of where you stand, now comes the time to lay down a roadmap for the next few months. The first step should be breaking down each section into sub-sections and covering the basics of each such sub-section. Taking QA as an example, breaking down the sections into algebra, geometry, modern maths, etc could lead to a systematic approach to covering the basics. Attempting sectional tests after covering each such section will help build a decent question bank to reflect the progress thus far.
The bottom line still with respect to cracking the CAT is having a structured approach and sticking to the plan with consistency. Not getting discouraged by low scores or getting overconfident by great performances are also essential in keeping the right mindset throughout the preparations. Hope the readers found this a helpful read.
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