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Strategies to Crack SNAP

The Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) is conducted every year for entry into
Symbiosis's 14 post-graduate management institutes across Pune, Nashik & Bengaluru.
Symbiosis institutes are unique in their sector/ industry specific MBA offering.

A snapshot of SNAP over the last 3 years

Description of
Sections Year Qs Marks Difficulty Level
Questions
19 RC - four
passages, 6-
Vocab, 11 –
2007 40 1 Easy
grammar, 2 – fill in
the blanks, 2-
jumbled parts
12 RC – three
General English: 1 passages, 12-
Reading 30 2 Easy-Moderate vocab, 5 –
2008
comprehension, 5 Moderate grammar, 4 – fill in
Verbal ability the blanks, 2 –
jumbled
3 RC – one
passage, 12 –
vocab, 20 –
2009 40 1 Moderate
grammar, 4 – fill in
the blanks, 1 –
jumbled

Description
Sections Year Qs Marks Difficulty Level
of Questions
6 – Visual
Reasoning, 9 –
arrangement,
2007 30 2 Easy 3 – set theory,
2–
syllogisms, 3
– misc etc.
Arrangement,
Mixtures,
Venn
Analytical &
Easy-Moderate diagrams,
Logical 2008 30 2
Assumptions,
Reasoning
Coding-
Decoding,
Syllogism
11- DI (three
sets), 9 –
logical
2009 30 2 Easy-Moderate reasoning, 4 –
critical
reasoning, 6 –
others

Description
Sections Year Qs Marks Difficulty Level of
Questions
17 – DI
(four sets), 3
– DS, 4 –
Algebra, 9 –
2007 40 1 Easy Arithmetic,
4–
Geometry, 3
– Higher
maths
10 – DI
(four sets), 2
Quantitative – DS, 3 –
ability, Data Algebra, 8 –
30 1 Moderate
Interpretation, 2008 Arithmetic,
5 2 Moderate
Data 4–
sufficiency Geometry, 5
– Higher
maths
2009 40 1 Easy-Moderate 8 – DI (two
sets), 6 –
LR, 2 –
Algebra, 12

Arithmetic,3
– Geometry,
8 – Higher
maths

Description
Sections Year Qs Marks Difficulty Level
of Questions
15- Biz &
Economics, 5-
Science, 2-
Sports, 4-
2007 40 1 Moderate
History, 3-
Politics, 11-
Current
affairs
General 10 - Biz &
Awareness: Economics, 4
General - Science, 3 -
Knowledge, 30 1 Easy-Moderate Sports, 2 -
2008
Current 5 2 Moderate History, 3-
Affairs, Politics, 13-
Business Current
Scenario affairs
12 - Biz &
Economics, 3
- Science, 2 -
Sports, 2 -
2009 40 1 Moderate-Tough
History, 4-
Politics, 17-
Current
affairs

The table indicates that, across the years, the test has been on the easier side. Analytical
& Logical reasoning section carries maximum weightage and is also the section which is
very doable. It provides the maximum bang for the buck.

Must know data:

• The cut-offs for a call from SIBM is the highest- 50 to 55 % of the total score,
followed by SCMHRD and other 12 B-schools.

• Over the last 3 years, as almost all the sections have been on the easier side, the
sectional cut-offs too have been on the higher side.

• Questions range from 120 - 150


• Each question has 4 options

• There is differential marking for Logical & Analytical Reasoning section and
each of the other sections has had differential marking within itself in 2009.

• ¼th of the allotted marks get deducted for each incorrect answer.

• No sectional time limit- you can choose to allocate time to each section based on
your comfort.

Change in approach:

• If IIFT three weeks ago was a test of accuracy, FMS a fortnight ago was a test of
speed and JMET last week was again a test of accuracy, SNAP is a combination
of both speed and accuracy. As the questions are on the easier side and options
can be eliminated quickly, it helps to solve more questions without trying to
attempt any undoable question. There are enough easy-moderate questions in
SNAP to help you clear the sectional and overall cut-offs.

• The best approach to ace SNAP is to take 3 - 4 mock tests. TestFunda mocks are
benchmarked on last two years' SNAP tests.

Sectional strategy:

Verbal Communication:

• The emphasis on RC had gone down dramatically in 2009 - there were only 3
questions. Even when RC accounted for 30 to 40% of the General English
section, the questions were pretty manageable and one could score well without
spending too much time here.

• The Vocabulary, Grammar and Usage based questions test your basic
understanding of the rules of context, appropriateness and correctness. If you are
good at basic English, even without knowing the rules of the formal language,
you will be able to answer the required number of questions here.

Things to do right now:

• Go through the basics of grammar and common errors in usage. Solve 5 questions
on correct-incorrect sentences everyday.

• Solve 2 jumbled sentences and fill in the blank questions everyday.


• Go through the lessons on Idioms & phrases & word usage, & solve a couple of

questions on an everyday basis.

During SNAP:

The number of words contained in the question and answer options is fewer- very few
long questions stems followed by fewer long & complex options. Thus, the number of
words that you will need to read to answer a question and the data that you will need to
analyze here is less compared to what it is in JMET, FMS or IIFT. You should be able to
solve questions in this section very quickly. Deliberation on a particular question, if you
don't get the answer quickly, can prove to be counter-productive.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning:

• This section carries the maximum weightage in SNAP. In each of the last 3 years,
2 marks have been accorded to each of the 30 questions asked in this section.

• A lot of caselets and arrangement questions can be done in less time; although
Visual reasoning does make an appearance, the questions are pretty
straightforward.

• Things to do right now:

• Practice different varieties of arrangement questions and caselets. Download the


FREE booklets on famous caselets- Mental agility quizzes and Puzzles on
TestFunda.

• A good working knowledge of different types of syllogisms, implicit statements


and arguments will help. Solve a few questions in each of these lessons before the
day of test.

During SNAP:

• You will increases your chances of improving your overall scores and ensuring a
call by allocating more time to this section.
• The 2 mark questions do not expect you to give double the effort or time - you
can get more bang for the buck(time) spent here.

Quantitative Ability, DI & DS:

Quants & DI are clubbed in one section. DI is usually the easiest, followed by moderately
easy questions from other topics. Quants has a good mix of questions across topics, hence
you can choose to play on your strengths.

Things to do right now

• Browse through the lessons that you have practiced for different tests this year.
There is no need to do anything different here. Although higher maths presents a
few questions, almost all of them are doable.

• Solve a few questions in Quants and a caselet in DI everyday with added


emphasis on speed.

• Like all other tests, revise important formulae. You can download a FREE ebook
of 'the 50 most important formulae' at TestFunda.

During SNAP:

Scan the section to shortlist questions that you are comfortable attempting. If you get
stuck on a question or caselet which seemed easy earlier, it would be prudent to move on
to the next one without wasting too much time on it.

General Awareness:

You will need to clear the cut-offs in this section to qualify for a call. Do remember that
the cut-offs in this section are generally lower compared to the other 3 sections.
Things to do right now

• The section broadly covers questions from the 6 areas mentioned in the table
above. Even if you are not very good at memorizing data, it helps to get glued
onto the happenings around the world. The idea is to go beyond headlines and
look for insights, specific information, that most of the readers overlook.

• Get onto an online forum and discuss various topics in details. Lot of students
effectively do this by discussing news events everyday in great details on
TestFunda forums.

During SNAP:

This section should take the least amount of time- you either know or don't know the
answer. Deliberation on a particular question is really not going to help you arrive at the
right answer as, sub-consciously, you may be worried about the time and number of
questions remaining in the test.

Finally:

• SNAP tests every aspirant's ability to get the right balance of accuracy and speed.
You not only will need to move fast across the sections but also ensure higher cut-
offs as the overall test is on the easier side.

• It is worth repeating that spending enough time consolidating your strengths and
understanding your weaknesses by analyzing every mock SNAP is not only
desired but also necessary. Post every mock test, go through the detailed analysis
report and identify your areas of high-low accuracy and speed. It will play a
crucial role in helping you attempt or skip questions during the real test.

• Even after spending reasonable amount of time on a question, if you realize you
are not moving forward, it may be prudent to leave the question and move to the
next one