CLAT 2017: The IMS CL.A.T ApproachAs a CLAT 2017 aspirant, you would have started your preparation a month or a few weeks back. Some of you have been preparing for the exam for the last one year. The majority of law entrance aspirants is presently in Class XII and wondering how to manage test prep without losing focus on preparing for your board exams. This is understandable, since a bird in the hand is always better than two in the bush! Remember that board marks will remain on your profile forever, and so you must not compromise on your Class XII preparation.

So here comes the good news. Most of the successful students in the past who made it to the top NLUs in the country attributed their success to smart and regular study, rather than hours and hours of study for a few weeks and then a complete gap for the next few weeks! It just doesn’t work that way! In this blog, you’ll find out how to adopt a CL.A.T (Concept Learning-Application-Test) approach for the aptitude test to boost your overall raw score, which is a function of accuracy and attempts.

Students who have joined classroom coaching are spending 4 to 6 hours every week in learning concepts. You should complement this with 2 hours of daily self study at home by studying take-home material to strengthen concepts. Refer to solved examples first, followed by practice questions. This phase should go on till January. For those who have attended classroom coaching last year, you will do well to repeat select classes for a quick revision.

Once you have learnt the concepts, complement it with enough practice to ‘apply’ these concepts. You can do this by solving section tests or chapter-wise tests, which will cover different types of problems based on question constructs that appeared in past papers. Wherever you get stuck, go back to basics and revise concepts.

Remember that a good test score is a combination of high attempts and accuracy. At this stage, focus on getting high accuracy, which is a reflection of conceptual clarity. Also, start taking a few SimCLATs during this window to familiarise yourself with the computer-based test format, test structure and time-based attempts. This should happen towards the end of the classroom coaching window, i.e. between November and January. Naturally, this is a very important phase of your preparation for CLAT 2017.

After your board exams, you should focus on comprehensive practice of full length tests and learn techniques like selection of right questions, elimination of options, intelligent guessing, etc. This will increase your overall attempts without compromising much on your accuracy. It will boost your overall scores.

‘What is a good score’ is an eternal question and has no single answer, since it depends on the difficulty level of the test for a particular year and your peer group of test takers. So, you should always try and maximise your raw score.

Keep watching this space for more CLAT 2017 prep tips. Till then, try and adopt the CL.A.T approach and judiciously manage your test prep time!


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