Time Management for NMATCATKing
NMAT is all about speed. This is one exam where the “slow and the steady” might not necessarily win the race. NMAT wants you to be quick, and steady, at the same time. And the key to being quick and steady is time management.
Following are some tips to make sure that you do not waste time during the day of the test:
1) Order: NMAT has three sections: Language Skills, Quantitative Skills & Logical Reasoning. One good thing is that NMAT gives you the option to choose the order of sections that you want to attempt. You have to select the order before you start attempting the test. Therefore, make sure that you know what order you are going to choose. Give a lot of mocks before the exam, so that you know what order of sections suits you best.
The ideal strategy is to attempt your strongest section at the beginning and keep the weaker ones towards the end.
2) Read Carefully: Now, cracking NMAT is all about speed. You do not have the luxury of misreading or missing any information given in the questions. If you do make that mistake, it will hamper your score in a big way. Misreading can cause errors in your answers. Identifying your mistake and rectifying the error will take up valuable time.
Therefore, please read all the questions carefully. Just be alert and do not let hastiness or nervousness get the better of you during the test.
3) Time It: On an average, you have a minute for each question. Therefore, keep track of the time being taken for each question. If you are solving a question since the past few mins with no progress, then it is probably time to skip it.
Do not get emotionally attached to a question. The goal is to maximize your score. Do not waste time in satisfying your ego by refusing to leave a difficult/complex question.
4) Quant & LR: In Quant, start by solving the questions that won’t take up much of your time. For example, formula questions can be solved instantly if you know the right formula. Similarly, locate any such question that isn’t too complex, and quickly complete all of them. Once you are done with such questions, you can then move on to the easy DI sets.
The same holds true for LR. Attack the easy Caselets first. After which, you can bother about the lengthy/complex sets.
5) Language Section: Get finished with the English usage & vocab questions first. Once you are done with them, you can move on to RC. A lot of people attempt RCs in the beginning and tend to get stuck on the questions for a difficult RC. They then lose out on the easy English usage questions. So, avoid doing that.
6) Speed over Accuracy: In NMAT, speed takes precedence over accuracy. So try to attempt the maximum number of questions. Do not get stuck over the accuracy of the answers to the questions.
Once you are done attempting all the easy questions in the section, you can always come back and spend time on the tough ones that require a certain level of accuracy.
7) Maximize: Once the timer of your section runs out, you will automatically be taken to the next section. Before the timer runs out, make sure that you have marked all the questions. At least this will maximize your attempts.
And since NMAT doesn’t have negative marking, there won’t be any repercussions with respect to this.
Remember, your score depends upon the number of questions you attempt and the ones you get right. So it all depends on how you choose the questions and solve them. In the end, it all boils down to decision-making.
Your ability to take the decision of attempting, solving, or leaving a question will determine your final score. All great managers are good decision-makers. And that is exactly what NMAT tests you on.
All the best!!