“You should always have a clear strategy before attempting the exam, right from the start of the paper to the end of the paper, you should precisely know what you are going to do every minute. If you’re attempting a paper without a strategy, you’re taking a big risk. Going to a paper without a strategy is like going to a paper unprepared” - AIR 4 AIIMS 2019 Topper Chetanya Mittal
Mock Tests help you to devise a clear strategy to appear for the exam and you need to ensure that you analyze the mock tests after every attempt to identify & understand your mistakes and eliminate them to improve your score. Our experts have mentored Priyaz Mishra AIR 17, Himanshu Gupta AIR 31 & hundreds of other toppers and through this EduRev document, we’ve tried to compile some tricks to help you understand how to attempt & analyze mock tests:
- Subject-wise Analysis
Most of the students make the mistake that they just focus on the total marks scored in the mock test and miss out on doing the in-depth analysis. Don’t make the same mistake! You should do subject-wise analysis after each attempt, to understand where are you gaining the maximum marks & where are you losing them. You should solidify your strategy and should have a clear plan of the sequence of the attempt for the exam while practicing with the mock tests.
- Identify your mistakes
After the subject-wise analysis, the next thing that you should analyze is the type of mistakes that you have made while attempting the mock test. Usually, students make 2 types of mistakes:
- Silly Mistakes
- Conceptual Mistakes
➤ Silly mistakes are the ones that occur due to the lack of concentration during the exam. Some of the silly mistakes are: wrong calculation, selecting the wrong answer while filling the OMR sheet, misinterpretation of the question & all. You need to identify the silly mistakes that you’re making during the exam and ideally, the number of silly mistakes that you make should reduce with each mock test that you attempt and you should not make any silly mistakes during the exam. ➤ Conceptual mistakes are the ones that occur due to some misunderstanding or lack of knowledge of the concept. This would help you to identify your weak areas or the concepts that you missed out on during the final revision. Once you’ve identified your weaknesses, revisit that concept to clarify your doubts.
➤ Learn from the mistakes:
You should document all your silly mistakes & gradually train yourself to avoid them while attempting the next mock test. You need to make sure that you take care of such mistakes consciously while attempting the mock test.
You should discuss the questions where you made conceptual mistakes with your peers & teachers and can also discuss them with your friends at EduRev. You should clarify all your doubts about that particular question/concept to strengthen your concept.
- Reattempt the Paper:
Once you’ve understood the mistakes, try attempting the same mock test again and analyze your reaction to the mistakes that you made earlier. If you’re unable to attempt the complete test, at least analyze the questions where you made the mistakes.
- Avoid Negative Marking:
Analyze the questions where you made mistakes and think if you could have avoided attempting those questions! At the end of the day, cracking the NEET exam is not just about getting the questions right but also avoiding attempting the wrong questions.
- Practice with OMR Sheet:
We highly recommend attempting mock tests through the OMR sheet as well. As the actual exam will be happening on the OMR sheet, it will help you train yourself better and also adjust the additional time required to fill the OMR sheet during the exam. Usually, students need 10-15 minutes to fill the OMR sheet, so the actual duration to complete the exam is 2 hours 50 minutes, not 3 hours.
Few recommendations from the toppers to score better in the NEET exam:
- Avoid Negative Marking. You might get lured to attempt a few questions which you’re not 100% sure of, and avoid such questions.
- Attempt paper in a sequential manner only. Don’t try to shuffle between two subjects at once.
- Leave questions with doubts to be considered at the end of the exam & attempt only if you’re sure about the question.
- Attempt initial 5-10 mock tests to understand what strategy & sequence works best for you.
- Make sure that you’ve attempted at least 10 mock tests with your finalized strategy to attempt the exam.
As you’ve understood how to attempt & analyze the mock tests for NEET Preparation, you can move ahead & start attempting mock tests in
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