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Why Mock Test is Important for GATE 2022 Preparation

Abhik Das
Abhik DasUpdated On: January 28, 2022 05:05 pm IST | GATE

It is always advised that candidates appearing in a major entrance exam, like the GATE 2022 exam, must attempt a good number of mock tests. Check out the importance of mock tests during the preparatory stages of the GATE 2022 exam from the detailed article below.

Importance of Mock Tests during GATE 2022 Preparation

The best way, according to leading GATE exam experts, to prepare for an upcoming Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering exam is to attempt GATE mock tests. It is said that any GATE aspirant trying to find out whether or not he/she is moving in the right direction regarding preparations should attempt at least one mock test regularly during the final phase of the GATE preparatory stage. In this article, we will focus on the importance of attempting GATE mock tests during the preparatory stages of the exam. 

The GATE 2022 aspirants must know that these mock test papers are made available to them through the official website of the conducting institute (IIT Kharagpur for 2022). They can access these mock tests for free. The direct link through which the candidates can access the GATE 2022 mock test papers with their solutions is given below - 

Click here for the GATE 2022 free mock tests and solutions 

What are Mock Tests?

Mock tests are essentially practice papers that are produced only on the updated exam pattern and curriculum of the specific examination. These are simulations of genuine tests that hopefuls may use to judge their true potential. The GATE 2022 aspirants may take online mock exams to prepare their brains and body for the actual examination. Mock examinations are the ideal technique to achieve confidence and time management, which are required to pass the GATE exam. Solving the GATE 2022 free mock test papers will help the aspirants better understand their weak and strong points. It also plays a major role in cultivating a strong optimistic attitude regarding the exam.

Importance of GATE Mock Test During Exam Preparation

Listed in this section are some advantages and benefits of solving the free GATE mock test papers during the preparatory stages of the exam - 

Familiarize with the real exam atmosphere

The GATE mock tests simulate the actual test and the unfamiliarity with the real exam atmosphere is eradicated with it. When the candidates become well-acquainted with the exam atmosphere, their confidence also gets a kickstart. Also by solving at least one mock test leading up to the GATE exam date, the candidates revise the entire syllabus quite easily

Memorizing important topics

By memorizing, we do not mean memorizing the topics and formulas line by line but, memorizing which topics and lessons are given maximum weightage. The entire syllabus for the GATE exam is pretty huge and during the final phase of preparation, it is indeed very important to “memorize” which topics are more important than the other so that maximum time can be devoted to those topics

Identifying the strengths and weaknesses

During the GATE preparatory stages, it is important to identify the strengths and weaknesses. One of the most effective ways of identifying the strengths and weaknesses is to solve mock test papers. It can become tough to crack the GATE exam if the candidates do not identify their weaknesses and concentrate on them. Only by identifying the strengths and weaknesses, the candidates can be competitive in the upcoming GATE exam

Familiarize with the virtual calculator

The GATE examinees are not allowed to carry physical calculators with them to their respective exam centres. The GATE officials provide the test-takers with virtual calculators. The candidates can only familiarize themselves with the use of virtual calculators by attempting mock tests. Getting used to the GATE virtual calculators before the exam saves a lot of time on the D-Day

How Many Mock Tests are Ideal Before Appearing in GATE 2022?

Having said that the GATE aspirants must attempt mock tests before appearing in the main exam, it is also important to know how many mock test papers should they solve to avoid exhausting themselves mentally or remain underprepared. The guidelines regarding how many and how to solve the GATE mock test papers according to our experts are available below - 

  • Do not attempt more than 1 mock test in a week at the beginning

  • Take topic-wise tests first and then follow it up with subject-wise tests for a thorough preparation

  • Graduate to 2 to 3 mock tests a week with 3 months to go for the exam

  • Attempt at least 1 to 2 mock tests in a day with a month remaining for the GATE exam

  • Stop attempting mock tests at least 3 to 4 days before the exam date and focus more on revision 

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