Logical Reasoning: The easy way out!
Logical reasoning tests mostly feature non-verbal content, requiring candidates to interpret and manipulate shapes, numbers and patterns. Logical Reasoning is not the same as logic games. Though the psychology used behind the two is somewhat similar. The logical reasoning section for CAT consists of 32 questions. Now, logical reasoning is both difficult and interesting at the same time.
Here are a few tips as to how you can score well in this Logical Reasoning section in your exams:
Follow your instinct:
It is often observed that right after reading the question, you feel like a particular answer is right out of all the options. That is where you need to pay attention. After solving a question, it is possible to be confused as to which answer you should opt for. Go with the one that your gut feeling says is right.
Identify the questions:
Before answering any questions, figure out what method you should follow. Then form a strategy and finally go for the most suitable option. For example,show you follow the Sudoku approach or should you instead use a matrix diagram?
Time is precious:
Logical reasoning sections follow a predictable trend in terms of question difficulty. The questions at the end of each section are more difficult and time consuming than the questions at the beginning. As a result, you know exactly how to apportion your time so that you can budget more for the harder questions.
Although passages in Reading Comp talk about concepts and use terminology you won’t need to comprehend fully on an initial read, Logical Reasoning is different. You’ll have to measure every word in the question. Students often read too quickly and gloss over details, which causes the majority of errors here.
Work on your speed:
If you want to go faster, then you have to at least some practice under timed conditions. A lot of people ask me why they can’t go fast, but then admit that almost all of their practice is not timed. If you aren’t training for speed, then you won’t have any pressure to go faster.
Make a Strategy:
Try to pick up the comparatively easier sets of the section. There will be for sure 2-3 sets which are easily doable if your approach is right. Pick up those ones so that within the first 25-30 minutes you have attempted 10-12 questions. The rest of the time can be devoted in other difficult sets to attempt two to three questions of them, if not all.
Go through the stimulus:
Although passages in Reading Comp talk about concepts and use terminology you won’t need to comprehend fully on an initial read, Logical Reasoning is different. You will have to measure every word in both the question stem and the stimulus. In my experience, test-takers often read too quickly and gloss over details, which cause the majority of errors here.
Logical Reasoning(LR) and Data Interpretation(DI) are different:
Please understand that though punched in one section, LR and DI are two different things. While LR is more related to solving puzzles and the missing links, DI is about interpreting the graphs rightly and calculations. You have to know your strengths whether it is LR or DI. It’s safe to start off with your stronger area as the first few minutes are extremely crucial. If you can get 2 sets done quickly, your confidence meter will rise up and boost your performance significantly.
When you’re marking down your answers on practice questions, try to distinguish between questions where you were sure of the answer and those where you were simply guessing. Do this even when you’re “almost certain.” When you’re not 100% sure that your answer is correct, mark it with a “/”.
Know when to use diagrams:
It’s often a good idea to diagram stimuli involving multiple conditional statements that can be linked in some way. Sufficient Assumption questions, Must Be True questions, and Parallel Reasoning questions often fall into this category. As you become more familiar with Logical Reasoning questions, you won’t feel the need to diagram as often.
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