SNAP 2019 Exam – SNAP Quantitative Preparation Tips | How to prepare for Quantitative Ability

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SNAP Quantitative is non-arguably the most time taking the section in the entire exam. This not only demands time that you saved from other sections but also requires you to double check your answers just to be sure of your technique. SNAP Quantitative is not an individual section. It is paired with Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency. The latter is a relatively trickier aspect that requires all-around proficiency in the topics and a reasonable skill in analysis. Therefore, students can focus on Quantitative ability to score an edge in this section. SNAP Quantitative is usually undertaken for 40 marks which makes it for about 25% of the total weightage. The difficulty level is moderate, and most certainly not as high as CAT or XAT. That being said, the emphasis is quite different from CAT’s or XAT’s. SNAP does merit its own list of tips to crack the quant section

Tips for SNAP Quantitative Ability

These tips are by no means exhaustive or absolutely effective in cracking SNAP. It depends on the individual’s ability to adhere to them, and develop his own strategy. Also, we recommend the applicant to study as much as they can for the Exam, and these tips are just to help the applicant to do better than good on the exam. Therefore, to crack this section, the tips are both generic and subject related.

Generic Tips: Generic tips are more about one’s personality and approach towards the subject rather than the actual content learned.  some of them are

  • Time Management
    • It is important to allocate time efficiently to maximise the topics you can cover
    • Have a strategy and stick to it. Because haphazard preparation will get you nowhere
    • Allow yourself some leeway for errors in the time management. Don’t have a tight-rope strategy. Leave room to improvise
  • Subject Allocation
    • Don’t be under the impression that taking a general look at the subjects when you run out of time will help you gain a certain level of mastery over it. You couldn’t be more wrong. Since there is negative marking, don’t take such risks
    • Towards the end of preparation, focus on your strengths. Leave out topics you haven’t touched yet
    • Allow yourself at least a month for followup and preparation instead of learning the subject

Subject-wise tips: SNAP focuses more on arithmetic and algebra. Therefore topics such as time and work, time and distance, percentages, profit and loss are extremely important because they form the basis for all topics that require tools derived from these topics. Therefore, some of the tips you can take from this are

  • Focus on basics. Formulae are not as important in SNAP as basics are. In the past few papers, SNAP has been focusing on concept-centric questions.
  • The above point is in no indicative that formulae should take a back seat. For topics like Mensuration and Geometry, formulae are the key. However, the above points mean to say that the importance of these topics is slightly lower than business mathematics.
  • The depth of questions and the pattern has been similar for the past few papers. Ensure you practise all the papers. This will give you an understanding of what SNAP would throw at you
  • Take a lot of mocks. However, towards the end, take no more than 1 or 2 full-length mocks. The rationale behind this is that a slight error or an accidental lower score could demoralise you. But, take a lot of sectional scores
  • Time yourself. Keep timing yourself constantly.  Speed is the key. However, do this when you are reasonably assured of your accuracy in the exam.  Remember that where there is negative marking, accuracy trumps speed. We can’t afford to lose more marks than what we gain

Conclusion:

Quant is a relatively trickier section compared to the other two, taking up more time. However, it is easier than DIDS. Ensure you are quick on your fingers,  your calculations are on the mark and your accuracy is nimble. With a little practice, you could go a long way in adding overall value to your score.