How to crack NMAT in 3 months
Start by giving a full-length mock test
This is, in fact, one of the most crucial steps of preparation. It is based on one simple logic: You need to know where you currently are in order to be able to chalk out a way to get to the place where you want to be. Many people fail to take mocks before the exam, however, this is an important step and should not be missed. When you take a diagnostic mock and spend time analyzing, it will give you a reality check. You begin to develop an understanding of which are the areas you may be good at and find easy to prepare and which topics are troublemakers. This goes a long way in helping you plan a preparation strategy. Also, once you have seen your scores, you will have a rough idea of how much effort you must put in, in order to achieve the desired results.
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Be Thorough with your basics:
In Quantitative Ability, The four important areas in this section are Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Modern Math. Begin with the basics and ensure conceptual clarity on fundamental properties, formulae and number operations, such as odd and even, prime numbers, LCM and HCF, etc. before graduating to advanced concepts. NMAT is essentially a speed test and thus having a good mental calculation ability has to be given importance. Familiarity with multiplication tables, squares, cubes, common fractions, and their percentage equivalents is desired. While giving mocks, check if you are taking more time in the QA or DI section. If you are comfortable with DI, then you can solve the DI sets first. It has an advantage as you will be able to attend more number of questions in one go if you cracked the logic behind the question.
In Logical Reasoning, The two important areas in this section are verbal and analytical reasoning. While preparing for this section, remember never to assume or use any information that is not provided in the question. Develop a knack for identifying the questions to be done and the ones to leave. We can’t stress the importance of strong basics for the same. Understand that logical reasoning skills cannot be developed overnight. The only way to succeed in this section is to practice different question types from varied sources. The more you practice, the better you get!
In the Verbal Section, The sure shot way of excelling in this section is to develop an extensive reading habit. This helps you improve your vocabulary as well as comprehension. Pay special attention to the editorial section in newspapers. Reference to an authentic ‘wordlist’, giving the meaning and usage of words, will be conducive to handling questions on synonyms, antonyms, and analogies, which are popularly tested in this section. In this section, the maximum number of questions can be attempted. Questions in this section are direct and knowledge-based. The time-consuming section is the Reading Comprehension section. So keep this section for the last and try to attempt at least 2 passages. Moreover, the more you give mocks, the more you will be able to attempt this section faster.
Taking plenty of topic wise and sectional tests
Taking tests is an indispensable part of preparing for any competitive exam and things are no different for NMAT. You must develop a habit of test-taking and regularly attempt them throughout your preparation phase. Also, make sure you take full-length mock tests every once in a while. Devote the last stage of your preparation, to take full length mocks extensively and spend a good amount of time analyzing those. Based on the analysis, refine your test-taking strategy and test that in the next mock test you take. This way, by the time your exam is due, you will have a foolproof exam strategy that works wonders for you. Hope this outline helps you. All the Best!
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