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SNAP Test 2014 Analysis

In-depth expert analysis of SNAP 2014 along with downloadable PDFs of question paper and answer key
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The Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) was conducted by the SNAP National Secretariat on December 21, 2014. Based on the candidates' inputs and their own SNAP experience, our mentors arrived at a composite picture of the SNAP 2014 analysis including the SNAP 2014 answer key and the expected cutoffs for various institutes that accept SNAP scores.

Overview of the SNAP 2014 Test Pattern:
1 General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 40 40
2 Quantitative Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 40 40
3 General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario 40 40
4 Analytical & Logical Reasoning 30 60
Total 150 180

The total duration of SNAP Test 2014 was 120 minutes. The test was a paper based objective test in which each question was followed by 4 options, out of which only one was correct. Each wrong response carried .25 negative marking.

Sectional Analysis:
General English:
1 Reading Comprehension 2 passages of 200 and 500 words each; direct question 9 Easy to Moderate
2 Verbal Reasoning Sentence with parts jumbled 1 Easy
3 Grammar FIB, contextual errors, grammar part error 16 Easy to Moderate
4 Vocabulary Antonyms, Synonyms, Spellings, Single/Double FIB 14 Moderate to Difficult
Total 40

Evaluation: The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate. As compared to the previous year's paper, this section had more vocabulary based questions. Due to this, the level of difficulty was slightly raised. Along with the typical grammar-based questions, this section also had error spotting questions based on punctuations, figure of speech and active-passive voice. One could easily do about 30+ questions with 85% accuracy to score well in this section. Not more than 25-30 minutes should have been spent on this section.

General Awareness: Carrying an equal weightage as the General English and Quantitative Ability section, this is the section that worries most of the students. Similar to the previous years' SNAP Test, SNAP 2014 also had a good mix of questions from various fields like business affairs, awards, finance, economics, international relations and so on. A lot of questions were related to world affairs and national affairs/ events. Not more than 15 minutes should have been spent on this section. Around 70% of the questions were from Static GK. Avoid making guesses in this section as the negative marking might reduce your score.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning:
1 Reasoning Critical/Verbal reasoning, Analogies 8 Easy to Moderate
2 Matrices 1 individual question and one set with 4 questions 5 Easy to Moderate
3 Set Theory Set Based 4 Easy
4 Arrangements Linear & Circular arrangements 7 Moderate to Difficult
5 Others Clocks, Series completion, True/False 6 Easy
Total 30

Evaluation: This section contains 30 questions of 2 marks each and is hence critically important. Having good analytical/ logical skills with considerable practice will give you an edge over others and boost your total score. The overall level of this section in SNAP 2014 was moderate. Looking at the different types and trends of questions in the past years, it can be easily said that this section has been the most experimental section for the test makers. The target attempt should have been around 20-25 questions, to be attempted in not more than 35-40 mins.

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