(Article) Utilize Mock Practice Papers To Boost Your CBSE Board Exams Score
CBSE Board exams can be intimidating, especially for first-timers. Knowing what to expect is half the battle won. Almost every student these days uses sample papers to practice before the examination. However, not everyone gets the same result. This is because many fail to utilize mocks the way they should be. Here we discuss the best ways to ensure you are utilizing your mock practice papers to their full potential.
Sectional Tests VS Full Tests: Both Are Equally Important
Many times students tend to believe taking full tests will automatically cover the need for taking sectional tests or vice versa. This is not true. Each of them has a separate purpose and must be treated as such. Sectional tests allow you to explore each and every aspect of the topics in your syllabus. So writing subject-specific or topic-specific practice papers will allow you to conquer the subject in-depth and breadth. Whereas full mock tests allow you to work on your time management, as well as identify your weak and strong areas and devise a strategy accordingly.
SWOT Analysis: The Key To Your Success
Students often take a test and consider the marks as result and move on. However, that is not the goal of a practice paper. The idea behind a practice paper is to understand which areas need more work and thus increase your score in the final exam. For this, you need to sit down with your results and analyze your strengths and weaknesses. There are portions that you will struggle with and those are your threats that must be eliminated as soon as possible. And there will be areas of opportunity, which can be turned into strengths with some practice. Make the best of it.
Identify the time you take to solve each pattern of question. If you run out of time at the end of your practice paper, try to figure out which portions you are taking more than average time for and try improving on them. For example, if your paper has 50 questions and the time is given is 120 minutes, on average, you should only spend 2 minutes on each question and leave another 20 minutes for revision. Any question you take more than that solving needs to be compensated with another question you take less time on. This analysis can only be made once you have taken enough practice tests and realized your writing speed. In the actual exam, you can use this knowledge to make sure you have plenty of time left to finish the paper.
Devising Your Strategy
And finally, most examinations will have options to choose from. When you realize your strengths and weaknesses, you also realize which questions you are most likely to score higher on. Choose those questions. You also know now which answers take you longer to write, so you can start by solving the other ones. Not everyone excels at every subject. Taking enough mock papers also means you can devise which subjects you can use to pull up your aggregate. The entire strategy of your board exam depends entirely on how well you have utilized your mock practice papers. Not to forget, they give you a real-time feel of what it would be like to write the exam.
Keeping these simple facts in mind, you can easily use practice papers to help bring your scores to the next higher percentile in your board exam.
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