CLAT 2022: How to prepare and secure a higher score?

CLAT 2022: The Common Law Admission Test is one of the most competitive exams with 55,000 students competing for 3,000 seats in 22 National Law Universities. Considering the different exam schedules of the board, CLAT 2022 has now been moved to June 19 from the earlier date of May 8, 2022, giving the students who wish to enter the National Law Universities through CLAT an additional 40 days.

CLAT, a test of reasoning and reading skills, involves meticulous preparation and strategy to crack the exam. A well-formulated plan and its implementation is the key to success. With about 80 days to go in which most students would also take their board exams, a good balance between the two is a must. Now is the time for consolidation. Having started preparation earlier, most students would worry about how to maximize their score and thus increase their chances of selection through better ranking.

As one gets closer to the exam, last minute preparation becomes a concern. What to focus on, how to work on different topics, how much time to devote to each section while maintaining a balancing act between the board curriculum and CLAT preparation. Here are some tips that will help any candidate better prepare for the final round of the exam and maximize their scores.

Build on concepts: CLAT is a test of understanding and reasoning. Read newspapers regularly and solve passages to increase your comprehension and reading speed. Revise your basics and watch out for any missing part. Make sure you have covered all concepts.

Focus on events: With current affairs focusing on key events, it’s important to read about the same and do your own research around the information. Pick up and revise the important topics. Do your own research to look for historical connections to the event.

Take spotting: Mocks are one of the best tools to learn about your strengths and weaknesses. Keep writing the same. This not only helps you with continuity, but also helps you take corrective action if necessary. Look for mistakes and make sure not to repeat the same thing next time. Plan your next Mock.

Analyze the time spent on each section and question. Watch out for what affects your accuracy? Is it conceptual clarity or stupid mistakes?

How to improve scores?

Given the limited time, it would be difficult to answer all 150 questions. However, one can search for maximum possible numbers to get a better ranking. To improve the score, one can increase the number of attempts or decrease the number of errors. The first has its own limitations.

To increase attempts: Stop wasting time on unanswered questions. Saving just three seconds per question, one can try six additional questions in 120 minutes. Do not take a break between questions.

Reduce errors: Be alert and focus on the question. Stop thinking about the previous question that one left unattended. Every four reductions in errors will add 5 points to the total.

A smart and meticulous plan for the next 80 days, along with practice in exam strategy, is the key to a top NLU.

(Author Gautam Puri is Vice-President and MD Career Launcher. Opinions expressed here are personal.)

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