• Varuna Kamath – CET 2014 - 99.92%ile, Score 145
    "The IMS Test Series content is complex enough to keep the best prepped student on his/her toes. The content is diverse specially in areas like RC- passages with a range of writing style and tone are covered, and DI- caselets and graphs of varying difficulty are included. The test support at IMS starts a good time ahead of the CET Exam, and goes on till the week before the paper, so you are always reassured that as you prepare every week, you will be tested and you have that much more scope to improve your performance. I am happy that I enrolled with IMS prior to writing CET; the test experience shaped my studying and I wasn't completely taken aback by the tougher CET this time, as IMS tests had prepared me well for the same. " Tips for future test takers: Write every test sincerely and seriously, like you were writing the actual paper. If you are aiming for the top colleges, you cannot afford to not put in your best in every test. While writing the paper, preferably leave the RCs for the end. I followed this strategy, as RCs were time consuming even if you are good at them, because it takes time to read everything. If you don't want to do this, another way to approach RCs is to look at the question first, and then find your answer by quickly skimming the paragraphs till you get it. A bit risky, but it pays off most times especially when the RCs are straight forward. You have to go through the entire paper in 150 minutes. If you face a question you cannot solve, skip it. You will eventually come across a chunk of questions that are in your "comfort" zone and you can solve quickly. But if you spend too much time on a question you don't know early on, chances are you might never get to those chunk of questions that are easy. Many of my peers faced this in the actual paper. So I would suggest if you don't know, mark it and move on. If you have time you can come back to it later. Talking about comfort zone, it helps to identify your strong areas and attempt all the questions in that zone. For eg, mine were logic and verbal. Keep an eye on speed even when you are practicing solving individual problems and not a mock test. Try to get your problem solving time under a minute, it will happen with practice. Speaking about practice, don't leave gaps between your study sessions. Even if you are working, don't leave preparation for the weekend. Put in 2-3 hours each day for practice. Be it at work itself, or while commuting, etc. It is advisable to have a calm and relaxed day before the paper. Analyze 2-3 past mocks. And when you get to the actual test, keep in mind that "Speed is the Key".


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