NMAT by GMAC is a computer based test that consists of 120 questions to be answered in 120 minutes. The exam has three sections- Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. The sections are individually timed. The level of difficulty of questions is easy to moderate level of difficulty. The goal of the test-taker should be to maximize the score and not to answer difficult questions. The key to success in an NMAT exam is to be quick in arriving at the right answers. Only practice and conceptual clarity will enhance your speed in the exam.
48 questions in 60mins. Questions are based on basic quantitative aptitude and data interpretation skills. To answer the QA questions, a thorough knowledge of concepts is essential. If you’re not able to arrive at how to begin solving the problem within 15 seconds of reading the question, it is advisable to move on to the next question. A strong conceptual knowledge will sail your boat smoothly.The data interpretation questions are generally calculation intensive, but easy to answer. In the DI set, it is prudent to solve only for the questions that have been asked for.
32 questions in 22mins. The section consists of reading comprehensions, vocabulary & grammar based questions on synonyms, antonyms, para jumbles, fill in the blanks, sentence correction etc. Unlike CAT, the reading comprehensions are less inferential and more knowledge-based. Tricks to ace this section are to learnnew words every single day and to improve your reading speed.
40 questions in 38 minutes. This section will have verbal reasoning questions like statement-assumptions, strong arguments and non-verbal reasoning questions like arrangements, selections, alphanumeric series, symbol based logic etc. Speed and accuracy play a crucial role in answering these questions since you get approximately a minute to answer one question. Any set not understood in the first 25-30 seconds of reading it, should be skipped.
Taking mocks is the most essential part of the preparation. Take as many mocks as you can. It is more important to assess the mocks than to simply attend mock exams. Assessing mocks will provide a clear idea about stronger and weaker sections. Also, within a section, it provides a clear understanding of the concepts that need to be revisited and learnt well. Go back to the chapters and get the basics right.
The order of the sections plays a vital role in the candidate’s performance. It is best to start with the strongest section, followed by the weakest and then the remaining section. Remain calm and keep a track of time during the exam.
Schedule your attempts properly so you have ample time for preparation to overcome your shortcomings. Try to get acquainted with the use of plastic notepad and marker before the exam.
This article is written by By IMB Students – Apeksha Kothari and JeffinJohnykutty
Disclaimer: The article is written by SDA Bocconi Asia Center students based on their personal preparation and experience.