National Aptitude Test in Architecture or NATA has been designed in such a manner that is used to assess various aspects of the candidate’s aptitude with specific relation to the field of architecture including aesthetic sensitivity, drawing and observation skills, critical thinking ability and sense of proportion etc.
There will be two parts to the test as explained below:
1. NATA 2016 Exam Pattern for the Drawing Test
This is a two hour paper where candidate has to attempt three questions.
The test is mainly designed to assess the candidate on the following aspects:
- The candidate’s skill or ability to sketch an object that is given in a proportionate and visually appealing manner;
- The ability of the candidate to recognize lights and shadows in an object and sketch them in different positions in relation to the source of light and how it affects the shadows;
- The candidate’s sense of perspective drawing;
- The candidate’s ability to combine and compose structural forms or buildings from three-dimensional elements that are given.
- The candidate’s ability to create interesting two-dimensional compositions through various shapes and forms that are given;
- The candidate’s ability to create harmony in visual designs using colors;
- The candidate’s understanding of scale and proportions;
- The candidate’s ability to create pencil sketches from memory on themes from various day to day experiences.
2. NATA 2016 Exam Pattern of the Aesthetic Sensitivity Test
This is computer based test where candidate has to answer 40 multiple choice questions. The aesthetic sensitivity test measures perception, imagination and observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises of –
- The Architectural awareness of the candidate;
- The candidate’s imaginative comprehension and expression;
- The Mental Ability and analytical reasoning of the candidate;
- The candidate’s ability to identify objects and materials that are commonly used based on their textural qualities;
- The candidate’s ability to visualize and represent three-dimensional images/objects from two-dimensional drawings;
- The candidate’s ability to visualize different sides of three-dimensional objects that are given.
Scoring Process of NATA 2016
The two sections of the NATA 2016 Exam will be scored separately. The answers to the questions in the drawing test will be marked by a panel of three examiners independently and the marks will be averaged thereafter.
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