Test Analysis - 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. Quant section and Reasoning section in this paper were moderate to difficult. 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 was full of moderate and difficult sets and overall it can be said that it was between relatively with more difficult level with a total of 32 questions having 12 Moderate and 20 Difficult questions. Selection of blocks and speed is important for obtaining good percentile.

The caselet (During the previous elections, “The Ruling Party” had suffered major defeats at the hands of “The Opposition Party” in the four states of AP, HP, KL and TN. ) was doable and should have been attempted. There were one set from table graph which was moderate. There was a caselet (Five cars – Audi A3, BMW 5 GT, Mitsubishi Lancer, Nissan Altima and Volvo S 60I – were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 on safety parameters for frontal crash, side crash and rollover, with 1 being the least safe and 5 being the safest.) was doable. The overall feel of the section was moderate and difficult and one could have scored 95+ percentile by attempting 10-12 questions with 90 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:

The Quantitative section had 8 Easy, 15 Moderate and 11 Difficult questions. In this paper there were 15 questions from arithmetic ( Ratio, SI/CI ,Percentages/Profit Loss/Time and Work/Mixtures/Time speed and distance)most of which were easy and moderate. There were 6 questions on geometry and menstruation out of which 4 were difficult. There are 12 questions from Algebra out which 4 questions from functions which were moderate to difficult and 1 question from Logs which was easy.

A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 12-15 questions with 90% accuracy.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q6-10) was based on ‘Why you should clean up, not empty, your mind.’ The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and interpreting the questions. The second RC passage (Q12-16) was based on ‘How the Inkas governed, thrived and fell without alphabetic writing.’ The passage was easy in terms of understanding and interpreting the questions except Q16 which was moderate. Third RC passage (Q18-21) was based on ‘an ant colony has memories that can thrive for decades changing its behavior based on past events irrespective of the individual ant’s lifespan’. The passage was easy in terms of understanding and interpreting the questions. Fourth RC passage (Q23-27) was based on ‘The real difference between high pleasure and low pleasure etc. are some forms of human pleasure better than others.’ The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and answering the questions except Q25 and 26 which was easy. The last RC passage (Q29-33) was based on ‘how work changed to make us all passionate quitters.’ The passage was easy as regards understanding and interpreting the related questions except Q32 which was of moderate difficulty. 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 (2,3,4) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy. Questions (5,11,17) 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 were of moderate difficulty except Q5 which was difficult. Questions (1,22,28,34) were based on sentence rearrangement and the questions were difficult. The overall feel of this section was easy to 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 were mostly selective in this paper. As far as Quant is concerned most of the questions were from 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.