Test Analysis - Bull CMAT 04

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Overall Brief

On the whole the level of the test was easy to moderate. The important thing was time management. One had to pick the easy questions and leave any questions which were difficult or time consuming.

Easy Questions:

Quant section was of easy to moderate level with 16 easy questions. The questions from almost all the areas were covered in this section. The paper had three questions of number system and one of them was of moderate level. There was one question of average, time and work and ratio each and they were easy. There were two questions of profit and loss and one of them was medium. Also there were 2 questions of time, speed and distance. There were 2 questions of geometry and one of them was moderate. There were 3 questions of data sufficiency and they were of moderate level.
In the DI part, there were 3 questions on bar diagram and they were easy. The paper had 1 easy question on the pie chart and three questions on multiple graphs and this block was of moderate to difficult level.
A student could have gathered 90 percentile plus by attempting 20-22 questions with 80 - 85% accuracy.

Easy Questions:
51, 53, 54, 56-62, 64-69, 72

Reasoning was moderately easy in comparison to Quant, having 17 easy, and 8 moderate questions. The paper had three questions of series and one of them was moderate. There were 9 questions of analytical reasoning. Most of the questions of analytical reasoning were single questions but they were easy and should have been attempted. There were 3 questions of syllogism and they were easy to moderate.
Also there were 10 CR questions and they were of easy to moderate level.
A student could have gathered 90 percentile plus by attempting 21-23 questions with 80-85% accuracy.

Easy Questions:
26-27,30- 33,35,38,42-50

The verbal section was easy to moderate. 1st set was based on Reading comprehension Q(26-30), Q(31-35). 1st paragraph described theories about cycles of generations in American history. It talked about four general archetypes. All questions were easy except Q(28,29) which were medium. 2nd paragraph talked about degradation of environment due to improvement of technology. All the questions were easy except Q 34, which was moderate. Another set was Grammar based Q(36-39). Q(36,37) were difficult. Q(38) was easy based on preposition errors. Next set was based on Synonyms/Antonyms Q (40-43). All questions were of easy except q (41) which was moderate. The questions Q (44-46), based on Idioms, were easy. Q (47) was based on one word substitution which was easy. Last three questions were based on Complete Para Jumbling Q(48-50). It was based on sentence rearrangement. All questions were easy. One has to do 16-19 questions with 80-85% accuracy to get 90%ile.

Easy Questions:
76,78,79, 80,82, 84,85, 88,89, 93-96,99

This section of the paper was easy. The section covered areas like science and technology, world geography, environment, history, business and economy, politics, finance and banking. Very less time should be devoted to this section of the paper. In order to generate a percentile of 90+ a student should have ideally attempted 15-18 questions with 85 – 90% accuracy.

Strategy & Tips

The overall feel of the paper was easy to moderate . Now talking of strategy, as a general rule you should not get struck in any question unless you are sure about its solution. Taking the Reasoning section, since most of the questions were single, thus do not get struck in any one question. If pattern is difficult to be deciphered, then move on to the next question and so on, so as to reach till the end of the section. The general strategy for Quant section would be to solve easier questions and leave all the questions which were difficult or time consuming. Talking about the Verbal section, 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. Also one should read a lot to have hold on reading comprehensions from speed.

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