Key Pointers to excel in SNAP preparation strategy 2020:
General English strategy:
- Read from a variety of sources to accustom yourself with longer and diverse styles of writing which are a core part of the reading comprehension.
- Enhance speed of reading and attempting- you can also try reading the questions first and then going for the passage so that you have a fair idea as to what to actually look in the passage. The RC questions are generally factual with an occasional main idea or an inference-based question
- Brush up basic grammar rules which are effective in sentence correction type questions
- Verbal ability is a section of practice and sufficient vocabulary (I recommend Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension book by Ms Meenakshi Upadhyay)
- 2-3 Sectional tests can help you device a strategy for yourself for a particular section
Logical and analytical reasoning:
- Try attempting the basic arrangement sets followed by seating arrangement and caselets which involve multiple parameters. These are the most important question types in this section and form a major chunk. ( Highly recommended- DILR book by Arun Sharma)
- Blood relations, direction sense are the basic types of questions frequently seen and easily do able; practice a few but do not devote a lot of time on this part
- Series and patterns is another question type which just needs to be brushed upon but not indulged upon too much
- Syllogisms can be tricky at times, I recommend trying a few questions but not getting worked up if it doesn’t work out.
- Sectional tests to figure out which question types yield for you the earliest and which cannot be moved. Decide upon the pattern of attempting the question types based on this outcome.
Quantitative aptitude and data sufficiency
- The arithmetic basics need to be very strong for you to excel in this section since arithmetic forms the largest chunk of quantitative ability in addition to algebra. ( I strongly recommend QA book by Arun Sharma)
- DI basic question types+ calculation is a must do for the time is limited in this exam and one has to maximise their attempts and accuracy at the same time. Tarry up your calculations and try practicing sufficient questions and of different question types.
- Data sufficiency is another question type which is easy to attempt but requires basic knowledge of how to attempt them. Practice them sufficiently and you can score in this question type easily.
Take sufficient Mock Tests
A practice test will allow you to assess your strengths and weaknesses. A good idea of your strength and weakness can then enable you to focus on the areas which require more time and practice. Taking a mock test will also help you familiarize yourself with a test’s format and timing. A sufficient number of Mocks are needed to make you accustomed to the tests’ expectations and surprises and moreover will expose you to a good number of questions which you can add to your learning. Another point to remember is to take the mock test under similar circumstances that you will encounter on the test day. When taking a mock test for SNAP, ensure that you schedule 2 hours for the mock test that too within the same time slot as you have been allotted for the D day. This would automatically wire your brain to remain active in that time slot and perform well.
Visit https://www.mindworkzz.com/learn/Free-Content–Tests–Videos—Articles/SNAP-Paper-1? For a free Snap mock test and analyse where you stand. This is a good parameter to check your actual standing before diving into the preparation process.
Write mock then Analyse then Study then Repeat:
I would recommend starting your preparation journey with a mock which would give you an adequate reflection of where you are standing right before you begin with the preparation. Work on your weaknesses that are clearly in your grasp and then give a mock. Analyse the mock and devote ample amount of time reattempting each question and learning the methodology behind each question you couldn’t attempt. Then go back to the books. This process is a must for it embeds deeper into the minds, the learnings and the approaches.
Decide upon a study plan and stick to it
Not everything works for everyone. You have to chalk out a plan for yourself which suits your routine and stick to it. Discipline is the key here. Remember to block out time for at least four mock tests during your study plan. Mocks give you a better idea on how to schedule your study sessions and also give you a fair idea as to what strategy would suit you the best.
Past year questions are a good tool since they are the true reflections of the exam and can mould your brain in the same way. After you’ve covered an adequate portion of syllabus and given sufficient mocks, you can go ahead with the past years. Cracking the past year questions with good accuracy and within the time limit would give your confidence a greater boost.
ALL THE BEST!