Test Analysis - Bull CAT 06

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was moderate. The test contained many difficult questions, so the important factor was selection of right questions. Reasoning section in this paper was comparatively a little tougher than the Quant section. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions. Verbal section was moderate.

DI & Reasoning
Moderate Questions:

This section was full of difficult sets and overall it can be said that it was between relatively moderate to difficult level with a total of 32 questions having 17 Moderate and 15 Difficult questions. Selection of blocks once again proved to be important for obtaining good percentile.

The block (5 girls, Tanushree, Amisha, Raveena, Preeti and Nandita, are sitting in the first row in a mathematics class. Each girl has a favourite chocolate bar (Dairy Milk, Perk, Bournville, Kit Kat and Crackle) was doable and should have been attempted.There were two more moderate blocks, one  (At a prestigious Business School, six experts in Finance, HR, Information Systems, Marketing.)    and the other  (Four students, A, B, C and D have qualified for the finals of a Sudoku competition.) These two must have been attempted in order to clear cut off in this section. There were also a few pick and choose questions in other blocks which otherwise were difficult.

The overall feel of the section was moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 12 -14 questions with 90% accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:

The Quantitative section had 7 Easy, 9 Medium and 18 Difficult questions. The level of this section was between relatively moderate to difficult. In this paper there were 15 questions from arithmetic (Ratio, SI/CI, Percentages/Profit Loss/Time speed and Distance/Time and Work/Mixtures)most of which were of moderate level. Time speed and distance had 3 questions and they were of moderate to difficult level. There were 6 questions on geometry and menstruation out of which 3 were moderate and 3 were difficult in nature. 2 questions on  permutation and combination question were difficult. As usual algebra dominated the paper with 12 questions.

A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 13 – 15 questions with 90% accuracy.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage( Q1-5) was based on ‘a start-up slump is a drag on the economy and many economists put the blame on big business houses.’ The passage was easy to moderate to understand and interpret the questions. The second RC passage( Q8-12)was based on  ‘public health is at risk because deadly diseases that should be seen only in history books are showing up in emergency rooms of hospitals as parents are rejecting important vaccines to their wards .’ The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and questions were also moderate. Third RC passage(Q15-19) was about ‘study of the role of sea-power in national security and practicing international relations in terms of trade and politics.’ The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and interpreting the questions. Fourth RC passage(Q22-25) was based on ‘John Dewey’s philosophy how teachers can challenge inequality and take steps to redress balance in the classroom .’ The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and answering the questions. The last RC passage(Q28-32) was based on ‘need to first just listen to those whom we wish to help to ultimately make our endeavours successful.’ The passage was easy to moderate as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions except Q32 which was difficult. All non- rc (tita) questions were either difficult or moderate. It is advisable not to spend too much time on these questions especially on sentence rearrangement questions.  Questions (14,27,34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were moderate except Q27 which was easy. Questions (6,20,26) were based on finding misfit among the given four sentences.  The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining three sentences and all were of moderate difficulty. Questions (7,13,21,33) were based on sentence rearrangement and the questions were difficult.The overall feel of this section was moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 25-27 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.

Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper was moderate, though for the students who knew how to manage the time available to the best i.e. not wasting much time in lengthy and difficult questions, could easily manage an overall good attempt. AR and DI had mostly moderate or difficult level questions, thus selection of questions was important. As far as Quant is concerned most of the questions were from Algebra, Numbers & Geometry and since most of the questions were easy or moderate, thus selection of easier and doable questions was important. For verbal section, one should have good reading skills as there were 5 RC’s and questions were based on paragraph summary also in which reading skills were requisite. Moreover, questions like sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and tricks to answer.