TIPS AND HACKS FOR QUANTITATIVE REASONING
Quantitative section is meant to test the numerical ability of candidates using basic mathematical concepts of data analysis and reasoning. Quantitative Aptitude on an average contributes for 35% of the marks in any competitive exam. The Quantitative section in CAT consists of 34 questions. Some tips on studying and answering quantitative aptitude questions include:
Read questions thoroughly
Not reading questions is the most common mistake made by students. In hurry to solve questions faster, you don’t read questions clearly and end up making mistakes. This problem can cause frustration as even after solving the question methodically, you will not get the relevant option. And then, it becomes a herculean task to identify as to where you went wrong. Hence, read twice before you go ahead and start solving.
Use time effectively
Use the last few days to test yourself and solve practice test papers of previous years. Formulate your strategy. Keep a note of the mistakes that you have been making so that you can rectify them. Increase the level of difficulty of questions gradually.
Compartmentalization of topics is very important
When practicing quantitative aptitude, do not try to study everything in detail. Be very familiar with your strengths and dwell on topics you have weaknesses in. One must know the topics one is comfortable with – from least to most. One also needs to know as to what could be the level of difficulty of questions; one can handle in an examination scenario.
Quantitative section consumes most of your time if you are not familiar with shortcut tricks. Each topic has its own unique way to answer its questions and there are shortcuts that should be learned while practicing to improve speed.
Apply shortcuts carefully
You may be of the view point that the whole point of speed test is to solve questions as fast as possible. If you have practiced a particular shortcut or trick on lot many questions during your preparation then go ahead. But, if you have just read some shortcut or any trick during last leg of your preparation, avoid using it in the exam as you do not know the conditions in which this particular shortcut can be applied.
Speed and accuracy are very important to finish this section on time and get each answer correctly. Your speed also depends on how well you know each question, so do not dwell on questions you are not particularly good at.
One has to have an understanding of this level pertaining to one’s preparation to sail through test without much trouble. To make you understand, let’s assume I am extremely confident with percentage related problem. Irrespective of level of difficulty, I know in my heart that I would be able to do solve the problem. I also have also realized during my preparation that I can solve easy to moderate level questions from TSD (Time, Speed and Distance). And, the moment I see a question from Probability, I may, kind of, feel nauseated.
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