Friday, October 17, 2014

How to Improve Mock Test Scores?


The answer is simple but rarely followed - Analysis. Remember, it is what you do between mock tests that will define your improvement.

Yet, what most of students do is take a mock test, view score & percentile, and move onto the next.  All this approach helps in, if at all anything, is to help you get used to the time & pressure. 


A few students asked us how to analyze, and here's how you can do so. While it may take you 3 minutes to read through this, it may save you several hours while analyzing.

Once you complete a mock test, click on the  button next to the corresponding mock test

1) View the questions you got Wrong: These are questions on which you spent a lot of time, yet got it wrong. Find where your concept or approach went wrong. Click on "Review Wrong" and this takes you through solutions of only the wrong attempts. You will not be shown any of the other questions (Correct or Un-attempted ones).

2) Attempt the Un-attempted ones: You can take an un-timed test of only the Un-attempted questions in the mock test. Click on "Review Unattempted" and this allows you to attempt all the ones left unanswered. Again, you will not be shown the other questions (Wrong and Correct ones) and can focus only on the un-attempted ones.

3) Review the Correct Attempts: Without spending too much time, quickly review the ones you got correct as well and check if there were better solutions or approaches to the one you adopted.

4) Take tests on your Weak Areas: Oliveboard's Adaptive Engine figures the top three areas that you need to work on the most based on your performance data and gives you lessons (to brush up concepts) and tests on those topics. After each mock test, find new lessons + tests on your weak areas by visiting the "Improve" section.

For analyzing your your exam taking strategies, click on  button next to the corresponding Mock Test.

5) Analyze Graphs: These are detailed reports on your time spent & accuracy section-wise, along with benchmarking reports on your score and percentile. Use these to better improve your time management and question selection within sections.

There maybe more than one can do and analyze it in different ways that suits one's preparation. But whatever logical option you choose as an analysis method, do not forget to spend time on analysis before your next mock test. Click here to login and start analyzing

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