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 to 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.
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).
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