How to prepare for SNAP 2018 in 2 months
Ranjini Basu, 23 Oct 2018, #SNAP
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How to prepare for SNAP 2018 in 2 months - Symbiosis National Aptitude Test, popular as SNAP is a national level MBA entrance exam and needs no special introduction. It is conducted by Symbiosis International University (Pune) for granting admission to management aspirants to its various related programs offered at its affiliated institutes, including SCMHRD and SIBM. Annually, over 50,000 students opt for SNAP Online Test. SNAP 2018 is scheduled to be conducted on Sunday, December 16, 2018.

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SNAP exam is next in line in terms of difficulty, popularity, and dynamism after CAT. What differentiates the exam from the Common Admission Test (CAT) is the General Awareness Section and the overall level of difficulty; the General Awareness section plays a pivotal role in SNAP, while it is absent in CAT. One needs to develop separate MBA preparation strategy to ace the SNAP entrance examination.

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To ease out the preparation stress amongst the SNAP aspirants, Careers360 brings forth beneficial SNAP preparation tips and tricks. This article will render answers to the very pertinent question as to how to prepare for SNAP 2018 in 2 months. 

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To begin with, all aspiring test takers should be adept with the SNAP exam pattern 2018 and syllabus. Additionally, one should have clarity on the marking scheme. To prepare the apt strategy, candidates should be seasoned with the question patterns as well. Here is the exam pattern of SNAP 2018-


SNAP Exam Pattern 2018

SNAP Exam 2018

Details

Duration of the Test

120 minutes/ Two hours 

Mode of Exam

Online (computer-based) examination

Total Number of Sections

Four

Type of Questions

Objective ( MCQs and Non-MCQs)



Total Number of Questions

130

Total Marks

150

Marks allotted to each question

1

Negative Marking

Yes. 25 per cent (each wrong answer will deduct 1/4th or 0.25 marks

SNAP 2018 exam will be divided into four distinct sections, namely General Awareness, Analytical and Logical Reasoning, General English, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency. 

SNAP Topper, Sandhini Nagvekar, who bagged a whopping 99.99 percentile says, “My test preparation strategy involved starting with individual chapters and having a clear understanding of the exam pattern. Moving ahead, I practised and took several Mock SNAP Tests.”


How to prepare for SNAP 2018 in 2 months

With almost two (2) months in hand, now, it is time to know about the preparation pointers for SNAP 2018 exam.


Revision of basic concepts

It is imperative for aspirants to prepare and revise the basic concepts of each section of the SNAP exam. Just understanding the concepts is not sufficient, it is equally important to revise the same to be able to apply them while answering the questions. “Revise the basic concepts and concentrate only on easy, medium level questions”, says Dhrubajyoti Banik, Chief Mentor at IMS Learning Resources Pvt. Ltd.


No new topic to be started

This is the most crucial phase. It requires one to focus on learnt lessons and not panic at all. Candidates must not think about learning new topics, as this phase is to gain proficiency on the known topics. New concepts will lead to confusion and tension and thereby arise stress within candidates. Staying confident is vital at this stage.


Focus on tackling the unique General Awareness section

According to academic experts, the difficulty level and complexity of the General Awareness section is moderate than rest of the other sections. Test takers are advised to speed up and attempt as many questions as possible so that they can spend more time on the tougher like Quantitative and Reasoning sections. Banik of IMS suggests a few topics for preparing for the GA section of SNAP 2018. "Revise important Business/Economics news of last six to 12 months along with the most important awards like Nobel, Oscar, Booker, etc. Do not forget to revise important dates like World Health Day, AIDS day etc,” he says. The General Awareness, General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario sections might have questions from a vast range of topics whose difficulty level ranges from easy to moderate. 


Time Management

The aspect which is common for all competitive exams is none other than managing time! Time management is one of the important factors to attain success. While planning the test-taking strategy, candidates should ensure that they have set sectional time limits in order to avoid unnecessary mental stress on the day of the exam. Debdutta DharSCMHRD student, who had secured 97.92 percentile in SNAP 2016 suggests, “It is important to distribute the timings and here is how I divided my time into different sections: GA - Five minutes, GE - 35 minutes, A&LR - 40 minutes, and QA, DI&DS - 40 minutes.”

Timed Mock Test

Taking frequent mocks is perhaps the most useful activity pertaining to SNAP preparation. Candidates can measure their preparation level; every mock test that one gives will add to his/her learning. Aspirants should be sincere while taking the mock tests and pay equal attention to both speed and accuracy. So, it is advisable to take 1 mock test every day, if not more! The focus should be on getting the right answers within a limited time. Initially, one can go for sectional tests to achieve speed and accuracy. It should be noted that test-taking strategy should not be altered on the exam day; test takers should not plan anything new on the D-Day.

Analyse Solved Tests

Sourav Dutta, an archer who secured 99.99 percentile in SNAP, says, “After taking mocks, I used to discuss and analyse my performance and changed the strategy as and when it was needed.” This is vital. Just appearing for mocks will not render the desired outcome. It is only when one analyses his/her mistakes, will be able to rectify and move onward. 

Using Flashcards & Cheat Sheets for better results
Test takers can choose different preparation modes to rule out boredom. SNAP test can be prepared using flashcards to remember and revise concepts or formulae at the last moment. The little cheat sheets cover bite-size data that is either imperative to recall, (for example, equation) or just something one is struggling with. Utilise memory aids, charts, and diagrams to maintain a strategic distance from simply winding up with a page loaded with content.

Stay Motivated

Candidates should not lack positivity and should be in high spirits while preparing and practising. At this point, aspirants tend to get bored with the typical mode of preparation. The best way to overcome is to get a sound sleep and satisfy one’s taste buds on something light before the study session. Attempt and get an inspirational disposition and keep yourself propelled through meditation or light exercise. Stress can prompt to confusion, so unwind, take big breaths and remind yourself: At the end of the day, it is just an exam. If a candidate is confident about his/her preparations, staying calm and relaxed will drive away the unwanted stress. Moreover, if one has already appeared for CAT, IIFT or any other like tests, SNAP is not going to be a difficult nut to crack!

Dhrumil Shah from SIBM Pune obtained 99.91 percentile in SNAP 2017. Talking of exam strategy, he comments, “SNAP is a speed-based examination, which asks for 150 questions to be answered in a span as short as two hours. So it is important that you have a very high concentration level at the time of giving the examination. Avoid anything which distracts you. Overnight study, last minute mugging up of current affairs, taking a mock is a big no-no for this time.”

Candidates need to register for SNAP Test and register for the institutes offering his/ her choice of programmes by paying separate programmes registration fees. If shortlisted, he/she would then need to attend the GE-PI-WAT processes conducted by each of the participating institutes.

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