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The countdown of CAT 2017 Notification has already started for those candidates who have made CAT their ultimate destination. Aspirants have already started giving mock tests to get an idea of their level of preparation. 
 
It is high time to start taking your preparation to the next level. By now you must have completed at least the basic preparation. Now, the next step is to check your areas of concern and to identify your strength to chalk out a plan accordingly for the D-Day. The best technique to do so is obviously by taking mock tests. 
 
Let us answer all important questions related to CAT 2017 mock tests and through some light on the areas of utmost importance. 
 
Are Mock Tests mimic of the actual test?
 
Many out there believe that mocks tests are mimic of the actual test as they are similar in the pattern and presentation but to be very true, the mock tests never mimic the actual test; rather they try to mimic its unpredictability more closely and that makes you confident enough of facing anything and everything on the D-Day. 
 
What is the ideal time to start taking CAT 2017 Mock Test?
 
There is no right or apt time for taking mock tests. Few candidates take mock test when they have completed their first level of preparation, i.e. the basics. It helps them in taking the test confidentially and they can very well mark where they forgot the concept and got confused between one or more concepts.
 
However, there are candidates who start taking mock tests as soon as they start preparation. They advocate the principle of learning from mistakes. According to them, when you take a mock test, you know what sort of concepts are primarily to be focused on and in what layer they appear in the test. This makes the classroom or text book learning much easy and exciting.
 
To be precise, it is ideal to start taking the mock tests at least three months prior to the actual test. However, even a period of two months is good if your basics are strong.
 
How often should I take mock tests?
 
Candidates who start taking mock tests side by side their preparation, takes mock test at least twice a month in the initial periods of preparation. Those who take mock test after preparing a bit, generally give one mock test every week.
 
Irrespective of that, it is advisable to take two to three mock tests per week. Then the rest of the days should be utilized for the analysis, correcting the errors and preparing for the next mock test.
 
How to analyze one’s performance in a mock test?
 
As we know practice leads to perfection, taking mock tests will help you practice and perform well. The mock tests are meant to be taken to understand your weakness and rectify your errors. While you take practice tests, you come to know that which are the areas which you have committed the mistake and the reason behind that. The more you know about your weak areas the more you will work on those areas. You need to identify if the error you’re making is once or consistent.
 
Thus, mock tests are no doubt very important and should be analyzed to understand one’s mistakes and to check whether weaknesses are being ironed out.
 
Important Facts:
 
• Mock tests are “MOCK” tests or practice tests that are taken in a “simulated” environment.
• Practice tests/mock tests tell you your level of preparation. That is why; if they point out to a certain weak link it should be taken care of immediately.
• Mock Tests are neither easy nor tough than the actual exam. They are simply unpredictable like the actual test.
• Do analyze your mistakes through mock tests but don’t take them to your heart and lose confidence or become over confident.
• Confidence is not dependent upon your performance in the final exam but it is rather a state of mind that is dependent on your attitude and perception.
 
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