National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is one of the toughest examinations that you will face in your life and preparing for it has to begin early. Not everyone can clear it, but if you have a genuine passion and aptitude for creating something big, there is no career more rewarding and satisfying than that of being an architect. So, let us see how we can try and crack it methodically.
NATA tests the aptitude of the candidate using some or all of the following techniques:
• Diagrammatic Reasoning – Tests the ability of logical reasoning, using diagrams and scenarios.
• Numerical Reasoning – Tests mathematical ability through simple problems.
• Verbal Reasoning – Assesses the ability to assess verbal logic.
• Inductive Reasoning – Tests the ability to see patterns and analyse given data.
• Situational Judgment – Tests problem-solving ability.
• Logical Reasoning – Tests ability to recognise patterns, sequences between shapes and imagery.
• Abstract Reasoning – Will assess general knowledge, and ability to utilise knowledge in new situations.
The numerical tests are designed to measure the inherent ability to process the complexity of data presented, within time constraints. This puts pressure on the student for performing to a competitive standard making them a challenging, often nerve-wracking experience. So, how can you ace your numerical reasoning tests? Here are some simple tips.
Know your math
In addition to the ability to work quickly and accurately with percentages, ratios, fractions and decimals brush up on the addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and conversion of these number representations.
The devil is in the details
When working under time restrictions, it can be tempting to take a quick-fire approach, scanning questions in a race to answer as many as possible. Do not do that. Do not miss vital information. Concentrate on the details while keeping a tab on the clock!
Watch out for distractors
Numerical reasoning tests have a beguiling way of testing your concentration. Spotting and cracking these are important.
Move on, return
Remember, you are on the clock! If you are taking a long time to crack a problem, leave it, you can return to it once you are sure you have taken the required number of questions. There will be time to go back to the vexing problem at a later stage.
Keep a steady pace
While accuracy is the key, speed is of essence too. When you practice, keep a check on the clock that will help you at the exams too.
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