Mock Tests: Know How (Part 1)

CLAT Mentorship Programme and Mock Test SeriesWhen was the last time you felt like taking a mock test? Sometimes you just don’t feel like giving any. You tend to ask existential questions, why is life doing this to me? In which hellish moment did I pick law? And even if I did, why do these people want me to take a test? I am not prepared at all. I haven’t read January Current Affairs or haven’t practiced blood relations. I am so dead. I won’t make it to a good law school now. Trust me, it’s completely natural.

This is part of what happens during any CLAT prep and you are no anomaly to it. Now, I will explain to you, why this fear is fake and not relevant. Being at law school, I’ll give you the reasonable man’s test. Try and think of any mock test which you happened to be satisfied with either in your preparation or your performance and did not think of getting that 1 or 2 marks more after you saw the result. Can’t think of any? Because there’s no such thing. Even the guy who has been the rank 1 at your coaching center for ages won’t be content. Trust me, even I wasn’t. There’s always this one nagging question that couldn’t be solved and if there’s a friend who did it right while you couldn’t do so, it’s even more problematic.

When this gets stuck in your mind all that it leads to is unnecessary stress. Stress isn’t good for your health or your marks. It translates into bad time management or ends up messing with one section or other which at times can cost you the whole mock test, forget the actual exam, where you are already at peak stress level. What now? Leave alone the prep you couldn’t do, you wasted the prep you did as well. So what do you do?

There’s this economics professor at NLS who told me something that stuck in my mind -“Just do it Ashim, do it.” Exactly what you guys got to do. You will never be satisfied with whatever your preparation is. So just write it and let it be. Treat yourself if you think you scored even marginally better than your last mock. Work towards rectifying your errors and not losing out on any opportunity to grow and be better. Every mock is a milestone towards making your prep finer and better. It is the stepping stone to a better law school and a better life. Never avoid them, cadet, never.

Ashim Gupta

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