How good are mock tests in predicting your actual percentile?
We are always advised to take as many mock tests as possible before sitting for the actual exam. How good are the mock tests in predicting the actual percentile, given that the very same people will eventually end up being your competition in CAT as well?
It depends on the institute whose mock tests you are using. I was a student at TIME and generally, students score more in CAT/XAT as compared to the mock tests given there. Some reasons for the same are: 1. Their mock tests were a bit towards the difficult side compared to CAT/ XAT. As a result, you end up attempting more questions in the final exam than in your mocks.
2. The number of people taking the CAT/XAT are 5 to 6 times greater than the sample with whom you were competing during the mocks. If you have a good level of preparation, you will score more than many people in this sample that just got added to your previous sample. So, your percentile also depends on the amount of preparation others have done for the exam.
I scored more than my mock scores in the final CAT and XAT exams.
Mock tests are really important to crack CAT but your mock percentile is no way a measure to the actual percentile that you might get. The reason is pretty simple – Difference in the number of people giving mocks and CAT.
Let’s say 10,000 people are giving a mock(TIME or Career Launcher). If your rank is 1000 in a mock, your percentile is going to be 90. Now if you are consistently in the top 1000 in the mocks by TIME or CL, there are very high chances that you end up in top 2000 out of 2 lakh applicants in CAT which means you will score a 99 percentile. I remember my preparation phase when i used to give a mock every sunday. Out of 20+ mocks that i gave, i scored 98+ percentile in 6 and less than 90 percentile in 3 mocks. Most of the time i used to be between 90 – 98 percentile. But I ended up scoring 99.59 in CAT. I hope that gives a perspective on how it’s going to be.
To all the aspirants out there, my only suggestion is to keep track of your rank and the number of people attempting the mock. Don’t get discouraged by modest percentile in mocks. Identify your weak areas, work on them to be in top 1000 in the mocks and you can be assured of a very good percentile in CAT.
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