Test Analysis - Bull CAT 15

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 easier than the Quant section. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions. Verbal section was moderate.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
36-39, 41,42,51-54,59,60,62

This section had a number of easy sets and overall it can be said that it was a easy to moderate section with a total of 32 questions having 13 Easy and 6 Moderate questions. Selection of questions is important in such a paper where students need to identify easy sets as well as easy questions out of moderate/tough sets.

Student can start from Set 1 (commerce college committees) and attempt entire set. Set 2 (stack of cards) looks a bit lengthy but the questions of this set were easy. Again, Set 3 (Summerset firm) is a tough one, but a person who is good at arrangements could have tried this. After this, the student can move to set 5 (single fathers) and attempt entire set. Set 7 (singing competition) can be tried next. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 16 questions with 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:

The Quantitative section had 15 easy, 15 medium and 4 difficult questions. Arithmetic was the major portion having 11 questions from topics like Ratio/Profit-Loss/SI-CI/Mixtures/percentage out of which around 5 were easy. Next there were 9 questions from Algebra having only 3 easy ones and having questions from Inequalities, equation based questions. Number system had 5 questions but only 1 was easy. Time speed and distance had 2 questions and both were easy. Geometry also had 5 questions having 4 easy ones.

A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 20 questions with approx. 85 % accuracy.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:

In verbal ability section, the first RC passage (Q1-3) was based on ‘despite optimistic attempts to rid the world of nuclear weapons, the threat they pose to peace is growing.’ The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and attempting questions. The second passage (Q7-12) was about ‘benefits of Exsys CORVID as an approach towards decision-making and problem solving’. The passage was easy as regards understanding and identifying the correct options except Q 11 and 12, which were difficult and moderate respectively. Third passage (Q15-17) was based on ‘critical view of anti-trust law: a curse or blessing.’ The passage was moderate in terms of understanding and solving the questions. Fourth passage (Q20-25) was based on ‘how modern organizations stripped the satisfaction out of work making the worker no longer important, the economic system is dehumanizing making decisions on the basis of profitability rather than human need.’ The passage was easy in understanding and identifying correct options to the given questions except Q21, which was moderate. The last passage (Q29-34) was based on ‘the hazards of empathy that can go to the extent of impacting our reasoning abilities and even making us biased and often cruel as well.’ The passage was easy to moderate in terms of understanding and interpreting the answers except Q29 and Q34, which were moderate. Questions (6, 19, and 28) were, based on identifying the misfit, difficult to solve except Q19 which was easy. The key is to find the sentence that is lying outside the theme in the remaining sentences. Questions (5, 14, and 26) were, based on sentence rearrangement, difficult except Q14, which was moderate. Questions (4, 13, 18, and 27) were based on finding summary of the given paragraph and were easy except Q13 and 18, which were moderate and difficult respectively. The overall feel of this section was moderate. To score 90+ percentile one should have attempted 27-29 questions with 80- 85% accuracy and the underlying strategy is good reading aptitude, choice of doable questions and proper time management.

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.

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