Test Analysis, & Strategy 2023 WIN CAT 27

Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was moderate to tough. 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 to tough. The key to getting a good percentile was time management and selection of questions.

MBA Masterclass
Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:
4, 6, 8, 10, 18, 21

The 1st passage (Q-1 to 4) discusses UCR astrophysicist Stephen Kane's research. He used computer simulations to suggest that the Jupiter's large moons prevent the formation of substantial rings, unlike those around Saturn, revealing planetary history and past cosmic events. The level of this passage was moderate. The 2nd passage high lighted the decline of children's free play since the 1950s and the concurrent rise in childhood mental disorders, suggesting a possible link between the two trends. This passage was easy to moderate in difficulty level. The 3rdpassage discusses the paradox that countries often appear more corrupt as they begin to effectively tackle corruption, due to increased exposure and prosecution of corrupt activities. In level of difficulty, this passage had a set of easy, moderate and difficult questions. The 4th passage explains that America's strength lays in its innovative spirit, enabled by unique property rights, a disregard for expert consensus, deep capital markets, and a society that values flexibility and the freedom to take risks. This passage had a mix of easy, moderate and difficult-level questions. Questions (17-19) were based on the sentence rearrangement and these questions were easy to moderate in difficulty level. Questions (20-22) were based on para-summary and were moderate, in difficulty level. Questions 23 &24 were based on sentence placement. These questions were moderate in difficultly level respectively. In this mock a student would have scored decent marks by attempting the 1st, 2nd and 3rd passage, and some para-summary and Sentence placement and sentence rearrangement questions. Overall, the verbal section of this mock was more on moderate level of difficulty with an expected level of 85% of accuracy with 90+ percentile if a candidate attempts around 16 to 18 questions.

DI & Reasoning
Easy Questions:
25, 26, 27, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35

The difficulty level of DI was Hard. There were 9 easy, 4 medium and 7 difficult questions in this section. The first and third block (In nov, Charu work and Colt Arms) were easiest and were must do and by attempting a couple of questions from rest of the blocks, one could have fetched a very good percentile. In this section, one could have fetched 90+ percentile by attempting 8 -11 questions with approx. 80 % accuracy.

Quantitative Ability
Easy Questions:
46, 48, 54, 62, 63

Students found this section easier than DI this time. The Quantitative section had 5easy, 11 medium and 6 difficult questions. Selection of questions was important to crack 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). A good student could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting around 9-12 questions with approx. 80% accuracy.

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 slightly tougher than reasoning section. Verbal section was moderate to tough. 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 best fit 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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