NMAT 2015: First Impressions

GMAC debuted with their version of NMAT on 6 October, 2015. Following is a brief note on the test experiences shared by those who gave the test on Day 1. 

Test Pattern - 
Sr. NoSectionNo. of QuestionsTime in Minutes
1Language Skills3222
2Quantitative Skills4860
3Logical Reasoning4038

Initial reactions from students suggest that the test has not been meddled with, it is the same old NMAT with a fair mix of easy, tricky and difficult questions. The overall difficulty of the test can be classified easy-to-moderate. 

Sectional Feedback: 

Language Skills (32 Qs in 22 min): Despite being the most challenging with respect to the time allotted per question, students felt that they did not feel the pressure in this section. Maybe it has got to do with preparation, or maybe “Every question other than Paragraph-based and RC-based could be solved in 20-30 seconds” as a student suggests. It helps the cause that these questions account for a majority in the section. According to students, the RC passages were not as difficult to comprehend as the CAT passages and the questions could be answered within the given time. A good reading habit over the course of preparation would come in handy in this section. 

Quantitative Skills (48 Qs in 60 min): Students felt that a few set-based questions were time guzzlers. A student who did not manage this section well said, “I did not know when the time remaining came down from 60 min to 50 min. This happened in the very first set, which meant I was under pressure for the rest of the test.” Another student had a different story to tell, "A few Quant questions could be solved in under 30 seconds, this gave me time to solve the DI sets in peace." The section, at least in a few instances, seemed to be dominated by DI and DS sets, accounting for over 50% of the section. Overall, strong concepts and time awareness should help a student crack this section. 

Logical Reasoning (40 Qs in 38 min): Students are advised to be weary of this section as many questions in this section can draw them in and make them lose track of time. As per student observations, the whole range of questions were covered in this section, from venn diagrams, operator-based questions, input-output, blood relations, course of action, statements and conclusions, series-based questions, non-verbal reasoning to analytical puzzles. A student summed up the section saying thus, "A few questions were sitters and could be solved in 10 seconds, others ended up taking over a minute each. I knew which ones to leave for later and that strategy helped me a lot." 

Tips to students - 
  • Test-takers are expected to arrive 45 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment time.
    • Reach the venue in time; keep the mind clutter-free.
  • Things to be furnished at the registration desk include two ID cards, a copy of confirmation email, admit card and a copy of primary ID.
    • Everything else including watch, pen, wallet, mobile phone are to be left behind before entering the exam hall.
    • Laminated copies of originals will not be considered, ensure that you have the originals on you.
  • Test-takers will be asked to choose the preferred sequence of attempting the three sections.
    • One may want to begin with the strongest area.
    • Solve each section in iterations - pick up the easiest questions in the first iteration, then the moderate questions and then a last iteration to mark answers for the remaining questions.
  • There's no gap between the sections.
    • Once a section ends, the next section timer begins automatically.
    • This is irrespective of whether you press "Next" to start the next section or not. So hit the next button and get started!
  • 'Flag' questions that need to be revisited.
    • This will save precious time towards the end of the section when you need not search for the questions that need to be revisited.
  • Scroll down to the end of passage for each RC question
    • This is a feature which may test one’s patience as you are required to scroll down to the end of passage for each question before you can mark your answer option.
    • Do not lose time in figuring this out, just go scroll down the passage while you are looking at the question and save a few seconds each time.