During the MBA preparation most of the aspirants think only about CAT. But there are other entrance exams as well where you should also keep your focus. Xavier Aptitude Test is one of them. XAT is used for the admission in XLRI- Xavier School of Management. XLRI is considered as the best B-school in the country for MBA in Human Resources and if you wish to sure your admission in this college, then you must prepare for XAT mock test very effectively.
Importance of XAT Mock Test
As you know, for every competitive exam the most important element is practice. And mock tests are the best platform for practicing. XAT is conducted in the month of January so you should start your mocks from at least three months before the exam. You should definitely take enough number of mocks so that you are familiar with the difficulties of the exam.
Not all are aware that XAT is more about speed and accuracy and less about difficulty of questions. Because of this lack of information, sometimes students tend to focus on solving highly complicated questions and thus fall back on developing a capability to solve a large variety of questions. You can solve this problem only through XAT mock tests. Once you are done with substantial number of tests, you will have an idea about how to attempt the questions.
Your percentile in the XAT mock test will ultimately define your final result in the actual exam. That’s why it is very important for you to take each of the mocks as serious as the actual exam. Only then you will be able to improve your scores in the mocks and then finally maximize your percentile as the dates for XAT comes closer.
CAT 2017 topper, CHHAVI GUPTA is also one of the member of the discussion group.
More importantly, never miss any of the mocks. You should always try to attend the mocks on the given dates. And after the mock, give equal amount of time for their analysis. Remember analysis of the mocks is as necessary as the the exam itself.
KNOW THE EXAM STRUCTURE
In order to perform well in the exam, you must fully understand what is required of you. You should be well equipped with the exam pattern, types of questions and sections related to the exam. If we talk about the number of sections, then XAT consists of 4 sections and one essay writing section. The 4 sections are:
- Quantitative Ability
- English Language & Logical Reasoning
- Decision Making
Some new changes are introduced in XAT this year. All questions now carry equal marks in XAT question paper. Each question in XAT 2019 test paper will have 5 answer options. Apart from overall cut-off percentile, the XAT 2019 exam will also have sectional cut-offs.
You have to be done with all the available questions of previous years paper of XAT. Mocks help you here as well, as the questions you will face XAT mock test are very much based on the questions that are previously asked on the actual exam. You have to focus on all the 4 sections of the exam while giving mocks as your overall percentile will depend on your performance on each one of the section. Practicing topics from books helps, but the environment that you face while giving the mocks prepare you for all the worst-case-scenario that you might face.
All the other sections are quite similar to the other MBA entrance exam section. But the most dreaded section out of these 4 is Decision Making. For scoring a good marks in this section, you have to solve a huge number of questions. Tracking your marks of Decision Making section in XAT mock test and gradually trying to improve it is the best way of preparation.
ESSAY WRITING SECTION
The essay writing section of XAT is similar to the Written Ability Test (WAT) of the IIM interview section. You are given a consolidated time of 40 minutes to complete the essay and also attempt the GK section in the same time. Having the habit of writing essays in various topics helps a lot and this can be achieved only through mocks. You will be habituated to solve the questions in the constrained time with the help of mocks.
The topics are very general or abstract in nature and do not require any specialized study. Regular reading of the newspapers and/ or current affairs magazines is sufficient to provide you with the examples and instances required to substantiate your claims/ arguments in the essay. In the mocks that you will take, you will face questions from a variety of domain so that you can also perform well in the exam.
Finally, you have to choose the test series very diligently. The test series have to be relevant and similar to the actual XAT exam and should have enough number of takers for offering a good competition among the aspirants.
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