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IIM Lucknow Seniors advice for mocks and preparation ft. Prantik sir & Harshit
May 18 2024

Choosing Mocks:

  • Focus on Quality: Don't prioritize saving money over quality. Choose mocks from established coaching centers (3-4) known for well-designed tests based on past CAT trends.
  • Better Percentile Gauge: These established players attract serious aspirants, giving you a more accurate idea of your percentile compared to the actual exam. CAT Online Courses

Frequency of Mocks:

  • Start Slow, Increase Gradually: Begin with 1-2 mocks per week depending on your preparation level and available time. Increase the frequency as you get closer to the exam.
  • Don't Wait for Completion: Don't wait to finish the entire syllabus before taking mocks. Similarly, avoid taking multiple mocks in a single day.

Taking Mocks Seriously:

  • Simulate the CAT Exam: Mimic the real exam environment. Put your phone away, avoid breaks, minimize distractions, and consider taking mocks at a coaching center with other students.

Take Regular Mock Tests

  • Frequency: Start with one mock test per week and increase the frequency as the exam approaches.
  • Analysis: Analyze your performance in each mock test thoroughly. Identify strengths and weaknesses and work on areas needing improvement.
  • Adjust Strategies: Experiment with different test-taking strategies during mocks  CAT Online Courses

Analyzing Mocks Thoroughly:

  • Analysis is Key: Don't just take mocks - analyze them rigorously (3-4 hours per mock!). Reflect on:
    • Questions solvable in less time.
    • Easy questions missed.
    • Silly mistakes made.
    • Your strengths and weaknesses.
    • Recurring mistakes.

Maintaining Motivation:

  • Low Scores are Normal: Don't get discouraged by initial low scores. Even experienced students might score in the 65th percentile initially.
  • Focus on Improvement: The key is to show consistent improvement over time.

IIM Lucknow CAT Preparation

Building Foundations

Starting with July-August, the first basic thing is to build on our basic concepts for all three sections. The goal of these two months would be to become completely familiar with the areas, topics, concepts, and types of questions found on the CAT exam. During July and August, the emphasis should be ongoing over all of the topics in all areas of the CAT, namely, QA, DILR, and VARC. The first two months must be used for the first round of exam preparation in all areas using a simple method known as CAT!

Fundamentals of Commitment, Assess & Theory (CAT)

Commitment: Solve exercises to apply the concepts/formulas learned. Assess: Conducting topic-specific tests to evaluate your speed and strategy. Theory: Learn all of the fundamental concepts and formulae for each topic. In addition to the foregoing, one must begin taking Mock CATs. For July and August, one mock should be taken every two weeks, and from August onwards, two to three mocks should be taken every week.

Build a Strong Foundation
  • Quantitative Ability: Focus on basic mathematical concepts. Regular practice and clearing fundamental concepts are crucial.
  • VARC: Enhance reading skills by reading diverse materials like newspapers, journals, and books. Practice comprehension exercises regularly.
  • DILR: Develop logical thinking and data interpretation skills through puzzles, games, and mock tests.

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