Well, the fundamentals of preparation remain the same whether it's an offline or an online test. But there are certain things that one has to really take care off before attempting the test paper on the Online Testing Platform. Some of them are as follows:
1. Reading Comprehension Passages or Para Based Critical Reasoning Questions: You won't be able to mark critical points, words, facts on the screen as you can do it on a paper. Therefore reading paragraphs on screen has to be thoroughly practiced before attempting it on the final day. Attempt 20-20 mins of reading in the morning and evening on a daily basis. The two modes; offline reading and online reading are poles apart. DO NOT take this casually.
2. The above thought also applies to solving of Puzzles under the Logical Reasoning section and Principle-Facts based questions under Legal Aptitude.
3. You can expect the RCs to be short to medium in length. Long RC passages are generally avoided across all online testing examinations.
4. Remember it takes lesser time to click on the answer option and save it than to fill the bubble. Therefore your estimated time limits to finish a question or for that matter a particular section will always be a little less for an online test paper than for an offline one. E.g. Typically one would take 11 mins to complete the GK Section (50 questions) in an offline paper whereas for an online test paper, 50 questions on GK should not take you more than 8 mins.
5. Write at least 35-50 Mock Test papers before the attempting the actual CLAT. Couple them with sectional and topic tests where ever necessary; this will immensely improve your time management skills and testing strategies in an online test paper.
6. Use the 20-20 rule. After every 20 minutes of staring at the screen, stare at something far away for 20 seconds. Don’t think of this as waste of time as it essentially recuperates your eyes and helps improve your concentration. Continuous staring on the computer screen also, in some cases, leads to headaches during the paper.
7. Don’t forget to check all the hardware tools (mouse, keyboard, monitor) before the start of the paper, and report to the invigilator if something doesn’t seem right.
8. One very important aspect of online practice is the analysis part or the report of your test papers. You easily have all the data available in the form of sectional scores, sectional average scores across all test takers, time take per section or even per question in high end platforms, number of times a question has been visited, weak and strong topics etc. All these features shall help you in a better analysis to boost your scores. The better the student analyses a test papers, the more he learns from it and the more he is benefitted. You should visit www.legaledge.in or law.toprankers.com for one of the best platforms and test papers designed for CLAT.
9. Online test paper ONLY means that the paper is presented on the computer screen rather than on a bunch of sheets. It need NOT be internet based. It can easily be LAN based which is essentially conducted via the computer but without internet as the paper is saved on the computer. Most online examinations in India are LAN based. So do not be concerned of the loss of internet connection during the examination.
Hope this article helped you understand the nitty-gritties of online examinations. All the best