Test Analysis, & Strategy 2020 Bull CAT 08

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was moderate to tough. The test contained many moderate and difficult questions and hence the important factor was selection of right questions. Reasoning section in this paper was comparatively difficult than the Quant section. Verbal section was easy to moderate as regards level of difficulty. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:

This section had most of the questions were easy and moderate and only one set was difficult. The remaining sets were moderate and easy and most of the questions are doable. Overall there were 13 easy , 15 moderate and 4 tough questions. So in such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions.

The first data reasoning set (A cellular phone manufacturer has 10 plants, A to J across the country.) was easy but calculative. The analytical reasoning set (A school prefect has been assigned the task of completing the details of 12 students of the school who are going to participate in some inter school competitions at the state level.) was again easy set. The data reasoning set(The Grand Idol singing competition this year had 4 finalists, named Shakira, Mayanti, Daljit and Kapil.) was easy and manageable and analytical reasoning set (The figure below is a pedigree that shows the inheritance of a trait, Trait G, in a family.) was again easy set. Other sets are mostly moderate and difficult.

The overall feel of the section was moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 16-18 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:

The Quantitative section had 12 easy, 12 medium and 10 difficult questions. This section had most of the questions as moderate and difficult. In this paper there were 4 questions from Geometry, 1 from basic numbers, 1 question from Logs, 4 from functions and inequalities.3 questions from geometry were difficult. There were 12 questions from arithmetic (Percentages/Time and Work/Mixtures/Percentages/SI-CI/Ratios) were mostly of moderate difficulty. TSD had 2 questions and both were moderate. Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like Algebra, Permutations, Logs, sets and progressions which were moderate and difficult. Some questions of logs and algebra were easy and doable. The question on trigonometry was easy.

The difficulty level of this section was moderate. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 14-16 questions with approx. 90% accuracy

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage ( Q1-5) was related to ‘Trade-war between the U.S. and China leading to major currency manipulations across the world’. The passage was moderate in understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q3 which was difficult.

The second RC passage (Q6-9) was based on ‘Negative racial stereotypes and their effect on attitude towards African-Americans’. The passage was moderate in understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q9 which was easy.

Third RC passage(Q10-14) was about ‘India is becoming an essential hub for international banks’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the questions except Q11 and 12 which were of moderate difficulty.

Fourth RC passage(Q15-19) was related to ‘New age tourism: for some it is not about where you have been rather it is about where you are seen to have been’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and answering the questions except Q15 and 16 which were of moderate difficulty.

The last RC passage(Q20-24) was based on ‘How various factors combined or individually contribute to the recession in economy and how general mindset of the people play an important role towards it’. The passage was easy as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions except Q22 and 23 which were of moderate difficulty.

Most of the non-rc questions were of moderate difficulty. It is advisable not to spend too much time on these questions especially on sentence rearrangement questions.

Questions (25-28) (tita) were based on sentence rearrangement and were difficult.

Questions (29-31)(tita) were based on finding misfit among the given five sentences. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining sentences. The questions were easy except Q29 which was of moderate difficulty.

Questions (32-34) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy.

The overall feel of this section was easy to moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 26-28 questions with 75- 80% accuracy.

Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper was moderate to tough, 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 were comparatively difficult in this paper. As far as Quant is concerned it was difficult and most of the questions were from Arithmetic, Algebra, Number system and Geometry. For verbal section, one should have good reading skills as there were 5 RC’s and also a few questions based on paragraph summary. One must focus on contextual vocabulary as well to understand and score well in RC passages. Moreover, questions like sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and knowledge of tricks to answer the questions.

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