Test Analysis, & Strategy 2022 WIN CAT 19

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. Quant sectionwas easier 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:
5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 20, 21, 22

The first passage (1-4) which is an excerpt from a review, discussed the human primate’s unique tendency i.e. living in ‘fission-fusion societies’. It means primate could become aggressive and then become amiable depending upon the availability of resources and circumstance. The passage was of moderate to difficult level. The questions based on it were easy except Q2, vocabulary of which would’ve posed difficulty for some. The second passage (5-8)presented ironical results of an American lexicographer’s attempts to produce a unified American dictionary. So what Webster started as a strong sense of Nationalism is form of a ‘very American” dictionary as against one influenced by Britain, turned into an American conflict over which form of English dictionary should be used in the country. The passage was easyto moderate level. The questions based on it were either easy or moderate except Q8, which was difficult. The third passage (9-12) reflects upon various interpretations on ‘depression’. Sharing his own experiences, the author states that depression is a loss of vitality (will to live) and something much more than mere grief or prolonged sadness. The passage can again be counted under easy RC category, except for question 9, which was moderate. The 4th(13-16) passage presented an interesting insight on how most people are least bothered about taking care of their health. Author highlights that this ‘patient inertia’ is part of the broader human tendency of maintaining the status quo and that it’s not a good thing because many people may develop serious diseases because of this. Level of this RC was Easy to moderate. The set of questions (17-19) was based on sentence rearrangement and were either moderate or difficult. The set of questions (22-24) was based on finding the summary of the given paragraph. The questions were a mixed bag. The set of questions (20&21) was based on finding the misfit sentence and were difficult & easy respectively. 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:
33, 34, 35, 36, 42

DI section was very difficult than Quant this time. There were 5 easy, 5 medium and 10 difficult questions in this section. Only one block (At the end of the T20 cricket match) was easy and was a must-do block to clear the cutoff in this section. The two blocks (In a party, guests like at least on the soft drink from PEPSI, Prof. Hariharan came across an interesting article) were very difficult and should have been avoided. A few questions from rest two blocks were to be attempted to clear the cut-off.

In this section, one could have easily fetched 90+ percentile by attempting around 8-10 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

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

Students found this section much easier than DI this time. The Quantitative section had 7 easy, 9 medium and 6 difficult questions. One should have attempted the sitters to clear the cut-off 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 12-14 questions with approx. 80% accuracy.

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Strategy & Tips

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 easier 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 RCs 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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