Test Analysis, & Strategy 2022 WIN CAT 17

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 appropriate questions to attempt.Quant section was slightly tougher than reasoning section. Verbal section was moderate. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

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Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
1, 7, 9-12, 13, 14, 19

The first passage (1-4) states the importance of acceptance of dissent towards certain social, political and environmental issues in a democratic setup, especially the dissent shown by the youth as they are the future of the country and are more concerned about it. The passage was of moderate level. The questions based on it were of moderate level except Q1, which was a bit easier. The second passage (5-8) discussed William Egginton’s biography ‘The Man Who Invented Fiction’, which praised Cervantes’ for his ability to distance his novel from his otherwise troublesome, real-life experiences and produce a masterpiece such as- ‘Don Quixote’, which appeals to all types of readers. The passage was again of moderate level. The third passage (9-12) reflects concern about ‘how life expectancy is poorly understood and that there is no evidence to link increased medical spending and health outcomes to increased life expectancy. This passage can again be counted under easy RC category. The 4th passage(13-16) presents author’s contemplation over the different effects of sounds on human mind and body. And speculation over the fact that how some people seem more prone to noise sensitivity, in spite of the cases linking sensitivity to hearing loss. Level of this RC was between easy to moderate. The set of questions (17-19) was based on sentence rearrangement. These questions especially Q17 and Q18 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 comparatively difficult. 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, 27, 28, 34, 37, 39

DI section was moderate to difficult this time. There were 7 easy, 6 medium and 7 difficult questions in this section.The first block (For the next academic year, Santosh wants to hire) was must do. The pie chart combination block (PVC ltd, an advertising agency) was difficult and should have been avoided. A few questions from rest of blocks should have been done to clear the cutoff. One could have fetched90+ percentile by attempting around 9-10 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
46, 48, 49, 51, 54, 61

Students this time, found this section moderate to difficult. The Quantitative section had 6 easy, 6 medium and 10 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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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. 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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