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In my previous post, I talked about the few things that one should keep in mind while writing a mock test (if you haven’t still applied for our free online CLAT 2018 mock , Enrol Now )

Today, I will talk about what to me is even more important the test itself – the analysis of it.

The analysis of the mock test will you answer a few critical questions, which will pave the way for your preparation in the next few weeks:

1. Strengths & Weaknesses – while most of us tend to have a view on what we are good at and what we aren’t but often these views are severely impaired by our own judgement & prejudice (remember just because you can’t speak fluent English doesn’t mean you don’t know the rules of grammar or simply because you feel uncomfortable with advanced level math, doesn’t mean you can’t calculate speed). Remember, data is king. Your strengths are sections you scored well on & your weaknesses are sections you didn’t. Let the scores determine it.

2. Think maximise strengths, minimise weaknesses – What toimages do with your weaknesses? Some weaknesses are permanent & some can be cured fairly quickly. Decide whether you have had a lifelong issue with Math (or English) and take on a call if it’s worth spending too much time on it now. 30 days will not make you a math whiz (or significantly improve your vocabulary) but can be enough to remember some easy percentage, speed etc. formulae (or clarify some common grammar rules, which get tested often in the CLAT). After you are through with those simple things that is easy to improve, take a call if doing anything more is even possible for you. You’d rather use your time strengthening an area you are good at (scoring a 40 on 50 in Legal Aptitude, instead of being satisfied with 34). Remember, every mark counts and which section they come from doesn’t matter (a boundary of the edge is as many runs as a spectacular cover drive).

3. G.K. – This is one section everyone struggles with in the mock tests (especially if you started your CLAT prep a few days or weeks ago). Don’t worry, it’s bound to happen. The problem with GK is that no matter how much you prepare, there will always be 8-10 tricky questions (after GK in anything under the sun). The good thing about GK is that a conscious effort for 4-5 weeks is sufficient to prepare you for 70% of the questions. Also, GK scores can improve the most in the next 3-4 weeks. The more questions/facts you read the better your GK gets. Lastly, remember, all mock tests have above average GK, because we are trying to quiz you & prepare you for the weirdest and the most arcane questions (leaving no stone unturned). The best thing is that this is one section where a question from a mock or your prep materials can land up in the actual CLAT – so make sure you review each question that you didn’t know in the GK section of a mock.

 

4. Reasoning based questions – Both logical reasoning & legal reasoning section tests you on your reasoning skills.

images (3)While, everyone has an in-built ability to reason & rationalise, however, the daily rhetoric & prejudiced debates on TV (what the nation wants to know), prejudices of our peers/parents often colour our thinking and impair this ability to think clearly. This requires us to make a conscious and deliberate effort to eliminate our bias/prejudice while evaluating arguments (you can do so while reading the newspaper or next time you watch the news – ask yourself – Do I really need to shout out Bharat Mata ki Jai? Do you? Just ask!).

Again, the good thing is once you spot the errors you are making in the process of arriving at the conclusions, you’ll realise it’s fairly easy to fix. Remember to read the answer explanations very carefully for legal & logical reasoning questions to understand why your answer is wrong & what the correct answer is. Often, students are able to eliminate 2 wrong options, but then get stuck with two options and mark the wrong one. Understand the flaws in your reasoning, and it won’t just help you crack the CLAT but become a better lawyer (in fact a smarter human being).

5. NEED FOR SPEED – A lot of you will realise that finishing 200 questions in 120 minutes is very difficult. This is one skill which you will only gain with time & by taking more and more tests (you should aim to do at least 10 tests before you write the CLAT). This is also usually the difference between those who crack the CLAT 2018 and the ones who don’t. Cut-offs in the CLAT 2018 are 140+ – there is no way you are scoring 140 marks, if you have attempted 130 questions. We’ll talk about negative marking separately, but for now push yourself hard when you are writing the test and aim to get to Question number 200. Don’t make the mistake of taking too much time on certain questions (especially in Legal Aptitude, Math or Reading Comprehensions). Remember, each question is one mark, whether you spend 2 minutes on it or 30 seconds, you’ll only get 1 mark. Thumb rule- if you can’t solve it in 1 minute, let it go (i.e. mark one of the options that seem best at that moment). Don’t waste time. Not getting a question right is bad, wasting 3 minutes on it is suicidal. If you feel nervous leaving a question because one hand is better than 2 in the bush – remember, until you get to question number 200, you won’t know what kind of question the paper has. Maybe there are far more easier questions in the test than the one you are racking your brains on(there’s no point crying over a question, when there are 199 more you can utilise your time on).
Simple rule – Your aim in the CLAT is to get to Question number 200. 
If your attempts continue to be low (anything less than 180) figure out whether it is because you didn’t know the remaining questions or because you were short of time or you were scared of the negative marking? If it is the first, then you need to work on the topics you are missing out on. If time is the constraint then read the above point again & make it your mantra. If you are scared of negative marking, remember it’s the positives that help you get past the cut-off, if you don’t attempt enough questions you won’t make it.
Now the fun part – do this simple exercise:
Attempt the mock test. Calculate your section-wise score (rights, wrongs & not attempted in each section) as well as your total score (accounting for the negative marking). Read through the explanations closely for the questions you got wrong. See where you went wrong and try to review the concept and do your best to learn from it (especially if it is a GK question). Set aside all the questions you didn’t attempt and don’t go through the answers or explanation for these questions. Now re-attempt these questions in a timed scenario i.e. if you didn’t attempt 50 questions, attempt them again in 30 minutes (calculate at 36 sec per question). Calculate your score for these 25 questions.
Assuming you got 100 correct and 50 wrong in the original attempt, your score would be 87.5 marks. Let’s assume you got 25 correct & 25 wrong in the second set. Now, imagine instead of the 50 you got wrong (you would have at least spent 30 minutes on these 50), you attempted just the 25 from the second set (which you left unattempted in your original attempt) your score would have been 100 (from the original attempt) PLUS 25 (from your second attempt) – i.e. 125. That’s an improvement of 37.5 marks (or 42%). This is assuming all things remaining the same (no changes in your preparedness, whatever knowledge you had with you before you wrote this test).
If you recall my post, this is your SERENITY PRAYER. Attempt the questions you know, leave the ones you don’t and develop the sense to instinctively know the difference.

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Best,
Kunal

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