Test Analysis, & Strategy 2020 Bull CAT 12

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was moderate. 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. Two sets were difficult and remaining sets were easy and moderate. Overall there were 17 easy, 8 moderate and 7 tough questions. So in such a paper it is important to first attempt easy questions and leave the tough questions.

The first Data caselet ( The total number of students in Class X of four premier schools SPD, MCB, VAD and MVK are in the ratio 4:3:7:6 respectively.) was easy. The second Data caselet (Every year, premier graduate schools conduct an exam known as Rational Aptitude Test (RAT) for the admission of different program in the various parts of country. ) was tricky but doable set. The analytical reasoning set(Ram, Shyam, Mohan and Geeta are playing a game of numbers. In each round, a dealer selects a number from 1 to 20 at random. Ram wins if the number selected is between 1 and 15, both inclusive.) Was easy but tricky. The multiple graph (The table below shows the lengths (in km) of various categories of roads in India in different years.) was manageable. 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 15-17 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 easy. In this paper there were 5 questions from Geometry, 3 from basic numbers, 2 questions from Logs, 3 from functions and inequalities.2 questions from geometry were difficult. There were 12 questions from arithmetic(Percentage/Profit and Loss/Mixtures/Average/SICI/Time and Work/Ratio) were mostly of moderate difficulty. TSD had 2 questions and they were difficult. Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like Algebra, Permutations, Logs and progressions which were moderate and difficult. Some questions of logs and algebra were easy and doable.

The difficulty level of this section was easy and moderate. A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 17-19 questions with approx. 90% accuracy

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
2-7, 10-12, 17,20, 24, 28-31, 34

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-5) was related to ‘what causes depression in people’. The passage was easy in understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q1 which was of moderate difficulty.

The second RC passage (Q6-10) was based on ‘A civil war of words that broke out over English and linguist was at the centre of it and how Noah Webster saw himself as a saviour of the American language’.The passage was easy in terms of understanding and identifying answers to the questions except Q8 and Q9 which were moderate and difficult respectively.

Third RC passage (Q11-14) was about ‘Fashion trends for men’. The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers to the questions.

Fourth RC passage (Q15-19) was related to ‘Transforming the model of Christmas on the suggestions of management consultants’. The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and answering the questions except Q17 which was easy.

The last RC passage (Q30-34) was based on ‘will humans be able to comprehend art produced by machines’. The passage was easy to moderate as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions.

For non-RC questions, it is advisable not to spend too much time on them.

Questions (20, 22, and 24) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy except Q22 which was moderate.

Questions (21, 23, 25, 29) (TITA) were based on sentence rearrangement and were difficult except Q21 and 29 which were moderate and easy respectively.

Questions (26-28)(TITA) were based on finding misfit among the given five or six sentences. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining sentences. The questions were moderate, except Q28 which was easy.

The overall feel of this section was moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 26-27 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 were comparatively easy in this paper. As far as Quant is concerned it was easier than DI 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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