Test Analysis - Bull NMAT 04

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Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was easy to moderate. All the questions were of easy or moderate level barring a very few difficult questions so the key to getting a good percentile was selection of questions so as to leave time consuming questions and save the time for easy and less time consuming questions. It is important to note here that since there is no negative marking, so the student should attempt all the questions.

Easy Questions:

The reasoning section in this paper was having total of 40 questions out of which 20 were easy, 19 were medium and 1 was of difficult level. As such, AR was easy and moderate in this paper. It had 8 questions which were of easy level. There were 4 questions from Input/Output which were doable. Out of 4 questions on Input-Output, 3 were easy and 1 is moderate. 10 questions on Verbal Reasoning were of moderate level Out of 4 questions on coding-dcoding, 3 were easy and 1 was medium. There were 2 questions on series, which were easy. There were 4 questions on Relationships and Directions which were of easy level. 2 questions from venn diagram which are easy. The overall feel of the section was moderate and one could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 30-33 questions with 90% accuracy.

Easy Questions:

The Quantitative section was of easy level with 31 easy and 15 medium and 2 difficult out of a total of 48 questions. There were 3 questions on geometry and mensuration which were easy. There were 4 questions on permutation and combination and 3 were doable. There were 6 questions from Arithmetic which were easy and moderate, they should have been attempted. There were 8 questions on Tables which were easy. The paper had 5 questions on data sufficiency which were doable. The DI section had 4 questions on bar graph, Line graph Pie charts each which were manageable. These blocks were easy. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 35-38 questions with 90% accuracy.

Verbal Ability
Easy Questions:

The first set, of questions (89, 90, 92, 93), was based on identifying grammatical error in the given sentence. The questions were moderate except Q90 and 93 which were difficult and easy respectively. The set of questions (107-112,117,118) was based on vocabulary and were moderate except Q109 and 111 which were easy and difficult respectively. The set of questions (113-116), was grammar based cloze test and was easy to attempt. The set of questions (94-96, 98) was based on sentence rearrangement and was of moderate difficulty. There were two questions (Q119, 120) based on verbal analogy and were difficult. The first RC passage (99-102) was based on job satisfaction at workplace and was moderate in reading and understanding. The second RC passage (Q103-106) was based on Powell’s speech on immigration from the Commonwealth games. All the questions were difficult except Q104 and 105 which were easy and moderate respectively. The overall feel of the section was moderate to difficult. One could have scored 90+ percentile by attempting 24-26 questions with 80%accuracy.

Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper was easy to 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. Reasoning was mostly selective in this paper. As far as Quant is concerned most of the questions were from Number system, Geometry & Arithmetic and were of easy level. The DI part of the paper was also easy. Taking the Verbal, the general strategy is that never leave a RC passage on the face of it that it is either lengthy or the language is difficult, without reading the questions given below as some of the question could be direct and do not require full reading and understanding of the passage. One should have a good knowledge of grammar and vocabulary to score well.