How to analyse your mock tests for JEE Advanced

Now is the time to practice mock tests for the upcoming JEE Advanced. Take at least 2 full tests (of 2 papers each) in a week. Since you have about 5 weeks, you should be able to complete 5 sets, i.e. 10 mock test papers of 3 hours duration. You should take the tests in a very similar environment and practice all that will actually happen in your test centre. Here are some important things to consider when you take mock tests.

  1. Follow the timeline strictly. Don’t give excuse that I was doing something in between the test for 30 minutes so I will take extra 30 minutes at the end of 3 hrs to compensate for it. Never do it. You are not given this option in actual test. Adhere to timeline.
  2. If you forget a formula, don’t rush to open your book and check. This is again an option not given in the actual test. Try to remember if you are keen to solve the problem or derive it though I will not suggest deriving it unless it is easier to derive. Derivation in actual test kills enormous amount of time.
  3. Do not dilly dally with things on your table such as playing with pen, checking your smart phone, attending calls etc? Switch off your gadgets and cut off from the world for 3 hrs. It is not going to change in 3 hrs, I assure you.
  4. Do not leave a test in between. Do not get frustrated by a few questions and skip the test thinking that I will take the next test. Work through the test for 3 hrs and then close.
  5. Use the OMR sheets. There are plenty available in the market. Darken the right answer and don’t change if you have done it by mistake. Get it right the first time.


How to analyse your test

Once you have taken the test, you have to analyse your performance. Here is what you should do to make your analysis more effective and hence more helpful. Divide the questions into 3 categories; “Right”, “Wrong”, and ‘Not attempted”.

For right questions, you don’t need to worry. They are right because you know how to solve such questions and have command over the topics related to them.

Analysis of “Wrong” questions

For wrong questions, note down why they are wrong. Since you attempted to those questions, there must be reason why you couldn’t solve it. The reasons could be one of the following:

  1. You made silly mistake. By the way, these silly mistakes are not silly. They cost you a fortune and make or break your chances to IIT. Avoid silly mistakes like plague. Most of the students do not take these silly mistakes seriously but that is what makes the difference. Once again, “avoid silly mistakes”. Write this on a paper, paste it in your study room and follow it. Remember that one silly mistake costs you 5 marks. This means you lost 4 marks which you could have scored by avoiding the silly mistake and you lost 1 mark for wrong answer.
  2. You did not know how to proceed after a certain point. Where you got stuck? Fine out precisely what you did not know. For example, while solving probability, did you confuse between conditional probability and Bayes’ theorem? Did you misunderstand point of inflection in calculus? Asking these questions will point precisely where your weak area lies. Note down these areas and focus on them. Look at these points in the same day. Do not postpone.

Analysis of “not attempted” questions

For “not attempted” question, you should ask yourself why you did not attempt the question. The reasons will be limited. You may not have known the concept behind the problem. You may know how to proceed but couldn’t recall a formula that was supposed to be used. Note down these points and work to improve.

~ Pankaj Priyadarshi


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