Conquering Analytical in the IBA Admission Test: Resources, Pro-tips and Secret Recipes for Success

We understand that the fear of analytical questions is very real. Let us help you overcome it and conquer the analytical ability section of the IBA admission test.

Let’s face it, you’ve never had to solve analytical ability questions in your academic life. It’s only natural that you approach this segment of the DU IBA admission test with due trepidation. But we’ve got you covered! From relevant resources and exactly how to access them to scheduling your daily prep, we’ll cover everything there is to know about analytical ability. So keep on reading as we tell you how to conquer the aptly named GRE Big Book and overcome your fear of puzzles and whatnot.

The IBA admission test is unique in various aspects. One of such aspects in the IBA question pattern is the inclusion of an analytical ability segment which is common in standardized aptitude tests. You’ll encounter primarily three types of questions in this segment. These are puzzles, critical reasoning questions and data sufficiency problems.

Now, let’s delve into each of these segments in more detail.

Perfecting Puzzles

Puzzles in the IBA admission test evaluate ordering, reasoning and analyzing skills. These consist of a premise, some conditions and finally, the actual questions. On the basis of the premise, you’ll be given some conditions that you must keep in mind. Finally, you’ll have to answer a number of questions that will follow.

This example may clarify exactly what a puzzle consists of:

While solving puzzles, you need to keep the following things in mind:

  • Understand the premise before proceeding to the conditions. Read the premise twice if necessary.
  • Keep the conditions in mind while answering the questions. Even after selecting your answer, double check to see if it meets the conditions.
  • Look out for keywords like should, could, may, must and proceed accordingly.
  • Sometime you may have to use the use the elimination method to filter out the wrong answers.

In order to excel in puzzles, it is important for you to be familiar with them and to get accustomed to being in that puzzle-solving mind space. Moreover, puzzles can be very time consuming and so it’s important to get as much practice as you can. This is where the GRE Big Book comes in.

This book is a 1000 page monstrosity that will intimidate you at first. However, this book is like the Bible for puzzles. So, it is important for you to know exactly how to navigate through this mammoth text. It consists of 27 sample tests evaluating verbal ability, quantitative ability and analytical ability.

The good news for you is that you only need to practice the analytical ability section of the sample tests for the IBA admission test. However, be sure to get the old GRE Big Book as puzzles are not included in GRE questions anymore. You don’t need to be particularly worried about finding old versions since they are easily available!

Two sections of each test make up the analytical ability portion. In each of these sections, you’ll find 3-4 puzzles. So, in one test, you’ll encounter 6-8 puzzles in total. If you consider all 27 tests, you’ll find around 162-216 puzzles. Ideally, you should solve each and every one of these puzzles in order to ace the analytical portion of the IBA admission test.

You can even get the answers to the puzzles and check how you’re performing. Just go to the end of each test to find the answer segment and consult the analytical ability table to verify your answers.

To clarify,

Don’t forget that your efforts will not be in vain. This practice will help you to think in a certain manner that is necessary for solving these questions in the IBA admission test. In fact, if you’re lucky, you might even encounter your practiced puzzles in the final exam!

200 puzzles seem too much? Read till the end to find out how to perfect your analytical prep without draining all your energy.

Reasoning Critically with Ease

Critical reasoning questions in the IBA admission test evaluate your ability to draw logical conclusions and underlying assumptions and to identify reasoning errors. At first, you’ll be given some statements. On the basis of these statements, you’ll be asked to answer a question.

The following example may help clarify this:

In order to excel in critical reasoning, you should make sure that you follow these steps:

  • Pay close attention to factual information that is given in the set of statements preceding a question
  • Identify what naturally follows from the given statements and what doesn’t
  • Before approaching the starting sentences, read the question so that you know exactly what to look for
  • Always make sure that you read all the options first before deciding on an answer.

Now that you know how to approach critical reasoning, make sure you get enough practice. Now I’ll tell you which resources can help you with that.

In order to practice critical reasoning questions, you have to grab the The Official Guide for GMAT Review and go to chapter 8. In addition to strategies and directions, you’ll find 124 practice questions. These questions cover all types of critical reasoning questions you might encounter in the IBA admission test. However, it is unlikely that you’ll find common questions in the final exam.

After practicing these questions, you can take a look at the answer explanation segment of the book. This segment will delve into the details of the answers to each question. It will acquaint you with the most effective and efficient approaches to critical reasoning questions.

Practicing these questions will help you think critically and approach this segment with confidence. Finally, let me introduce you to the last type of problem you might face in the IBA admission test.

Being Sufficiently Prepared for Data Sufficiency

Data sufficiency questions appear with the least frequency among all types of questions in the analytical ability section of the IBA admission test. However, in most cases, these are much easier and require less time and effort. These questions will test your ability to analyze a problem and ascertain which information is relevant in solving that problem.

An example of a data sufficiency problem has been provided below:

It is clear from the example that there are three segments to a data sufficiency problem. Some initial information will be provided first. After that, you’ll encounter two statements You’ll have to ascertain whether or not the information provided is sufficient in answering the question asked.

Keep these pointers in mind while solving data sufficiency problems:

  • Only determine whether the information is sufficient. Don’t waste valuable time in solving the problem.
  • Consider each statement separately at first. Try to discount the other statement while doing so.
  • Afterwards, consider both statements together.
  • Don’t get swayed by the represented figures. These are not drawn to scale.

You can use the The Official Guide for GMAT Review for data sufficiency problems as well. Open chapter six and practice the 140 questions there. This should be sufficient in providing an overview of all the types of data sufficiency problems that may appear in the test.

You can check your answers and learn how to approach these problems in the answer explanation segment.

Since you’re not familiar with analytical ability questions, you might end up making a few errors in your approach. Be sure not to make the following mistakes while preparing for the analytical ability section:

  • Start analytical prep in the last month before the exam
  • Try to finish too many puzzles in one day
  • Finish one type of problem fully (e.g. all 200 practice puzzles) and then move on to the other two (e.g. critical reasoning, data sufficiency) while prepping
  • Start answering questions without going through them carefully
  • Get worried if you start slow

Now that I’ve mentioned some of the things you shouldn’t do, let me give you a few suggestions that can help:

  • Start preparing for analytical ability the same time you start preparing for mathematics and English
  • Make a routine that suits you and does not end up draining your energy
  • Complete a small number of problems of each type (puzzles, critical reasoning, data sufficiency) every day
  • Understand that you’ll get better with time and end up improving your initial speed

Solving analytical problems can get taxing if you do so at a stretch. Like I mentioned, doing too many puzzles at one go is a major ‘don’t’. In fact, even too much data sufficiency can get tiring after a while. 

To help you prep for analytical for the IBA admission test in a way that will help you reserve your energy and keep your cool, I’ll share with you my golden recipe. This includes finishing puzzles from one test from GRE Big Book (around 6-8 puzzles) each day. Additionally, you should complete five questions of the remaining categories (critical reasoning, data sufficiency) from The Official Guide for GMAT Review on a daily basis.

This will ensure that you are sufficiently prepped for the analytical ability section of the IBA admission test within one month. And for the rest of your time, remember to practice, practice and practice!

Some of us are always start in the eleventh hour. If you’ve started late in preparing for the IBA admission test, be assured that you have no need to worry. Just double the number of questions in each segment to ace that exam!

In order to test yourself and evaluate exactly where you stand, it is important for you to practice sample tests as much as possible. This will help you prepare for the IBA admission test by helping you to manage your time and perform well under pressure. So where do you go to get that exam experience and hone your skills? Tickright has custom-designed tests just for you!

Simply choose the IBA Question Bank and get started! Here, you’ll have access to all the previous IBA admission questions. You can choose to experience a real-life exam experience with the help of simulations and review your progress. The analytics board will help you keep track of your growth as well.

Words of Caution: Before starting your preparation, remember to check the IBA Admission Requirements to check if you qualify for the IBA admission test so that you don’t end up losing valuable time during your admission phase.

It is important for you to be sure about your choice before proceeding any further. If you’re still unsure about choosing IBA, read our blog on Reasons Why IBA-DU is the Right Place for You and visit the IBA-DU website.

While preparing for the IBA admission test, you’ll find yourself getting overwhelmed at times. But just keep swimming till the finish line and if you’ve done things the right way, it’ll all be worth it in the end. To swim faster and smoother than the other fish in the sea, keep your eyes on the Tickright IBA Blog Series!

You can also check out our blogs on IBA Admission Mathematics Section and IBA Admission English Section (if you haven’t already) to complete your preparation for IBA-DU and stay ahead of the competition.