SNAP takes place in the month of December. So you have plenty of time to strategize your preparation and ace your performance in the exam. In comparison to CAT and XAT, SNAP is a considerably an easier exam. Also, the nature of questions in this exam varies widely from the other two tests and this means that the preparation strategy for this exam is completely different from these exams.
SNAP General English: Past year Analysis
Before we delve into the specifics of what you need to do in the next three weeks, let's analyse the exam for the last year and try to understand the type of questions asked. In 2018, there were a total of 35 questions, including 5 special questions. The pattern for the English language section was as follows:
Reading Comprehensions (2 Passages, with 5 questions each): 10 questions
Vocabulary based questions: 8 normal questions, 2 special questions
Grammar questions (speech, participle, idioms/proverb, etc.): 3 normal questions, 2 special questions
Analogy: 1 normal question
Odd one out: 2 normal questions
Others (Jumbles, word usage, sentence improvement, error-spotting): 6 normal questions, 1 special question
As you can see from the above, the focus of SNAP is more on Basic Grammar and Vocabulary rather than Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehensions. Considering this, it makes sense that you focus on these two areas for the next few weeks.
General English: Important Areas
Let's look in detail what you need to do for the above areas specifically.
Reading Comprehensions: In general, SNAP reading comprehensions are easy to read and the questions that follow the passage are a mix of factual and inference based questions. The overall level of the passages is easy to moderate in nature. For practicing SNAP level passages, you are advised to solve passages from previous year CAT passages. The reason for this is that the passages for these years are factual in nature and similar to the ones asked in CAT. This is good practice material at this stage.
Grammar: The significance of basic grammar is enhanced in SNAP. Since a fairly high number of questions in a variety of forms appear in the exam, it is imperative for you to go through the basics of grammar once. Make sure you go through the following topics:
- Basic Grammar and Parts of Speech
- Noun and Pronoun usage rules
- Subject Verb Agreement
- Verb tense and Modal Verbs
- Basic Usage of prepositions
Also, go through a list of idioms and their meanings. You can expect 1 to 2 questions on idioms and phrases. The exam features a number of easy fill in the blank questions, which are essentially based on the correct use of prepositions and conjunctions. Most of these can be solved easily if you posses good reading skills.
Vocabulary: In general, SNAP features questions such as Synonyms, Antonyms and Fill in the Blanks based on vocabulary knowledge. The level of the words used in these questions varies from moderate to hard. You are advised to revise the words you have learnt till now and also go through the Bulls Eye visual vocab word list for learning words.
Verbal Reasoning: Although para-jumbles and critical reasoning do not feature heavily in the SNAP verbal section, you can still go through the basics of these topics and solve 30 to 40 questions for each. This would ensure you are prepared for any eventuality in the exam.