Test Analysis, & Strategy 2022 WIN CAT 16

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test wasmoderate to tough. The test contained many moderate and difficult questions and hence the important factor was selection of appropriate questions to attempt.Quantsection was slightly tougher than reasoning section. Verbal section wasmoderate. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

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Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 24

The first passage (1-4)proposed the idea that ‘the academics shouldn’t live in fear for the pursuit of their science and shouldn’t heed to social and political opponent’s attempts to suppress them (academicians)’. The passage was of moderate level. The questions based on it were of moderate level except Q4, which was a bit trickier. The second passage (5-8) highlights the fact that ‘there are different mechanisms underlying responses to different stimuli’. The passage was of easy to moderate level. From this passage there were 2 easy (6,7) and 2 moderate (5 & 8). The third passage (9-12) reflects concern about ‘how anti-biotic resistance creates a new challenge for Public Health and how it can be prevented’. This passage can again be counted under easy RC category. The 4th passage presented with examples, ‘the importance of diversity and brainstorming of ideas to make a good team in workforce’.Level of the 4th passage (13-16) was moderate-to-difficult to understand. All the other questions were easy to attempt except Q16 which presented difficult choices in options. The set of questions (17-19) was based on sentence rearrangement. These questions posed some difficultly because of tricky choices, but could be attempted by attentive reading. The set of questions (22-24) was based on finding the summary of the given paragraph. The questions were moderate. The set of questions (20&21) was based on finding the misfit sentence. Overall feel of the section was moderate. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 18-20 questions with 70-75% accuracy.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
25, 26, 28, 33, 34, 35, 42, 43

DI section was bit easier than Quant this time. There were 8 easy, 4 medium and 8 difficult questions in this section.Two blocks (In a Singing Competition, seven males and seven females, In a grid of 6 rows and 6 columns) were easy and were must-do blocks to clear the cutoff in this section. The block (After Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT JEE) was difficult and should have been avoided. One could have fetched 90+ percentile by attempting around 10 – 12 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
49, 56, 59, 61, 63, 65

Students this time, found this section moderate to tough. The Quantitative section had 6 easy, 9 medium and 7 difficult questions. In this section, there were questions from varied topics like Geometry, Basic Numbers, Basic Algebra, Progression and Series, Arithmetic (Percentages/Time and Work/Mixtures/Percentages/SI-CI/Ratios). Other than these topics, questions from mixed topics were asked like of P n C, Logs and Coordinate Geometry. This section was moderate.

A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 8-10 questions with approx. 85% accuracy.

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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. Quant section was slightly tougher than reasoning section Verbal section was moderate. Most of the questions in quant section were from Arithmetic, Algebra, Number system and Geometry. For verbal section, one should have good reading skills as there were 4 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. Questions such as sentence rearrangement and misfit require analysis and knowledge of tricks to answer the questions. It is not advisable to spend too much time on TITA questions especially in the verbal section.

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