It is approximately 75 days remaining for CAT 2011. The big exam will start from October 22, as announced by IIM Calcutta. As the CAT exam has taken a new avatar this year it is high time for you to fight your fears and know how to tackle the challenging areas.
Quantitative Ability area is a problem for many CAT 2011 aspirants. In the MBAUniverse.com Live Expert Chats, we have received several questions on the Quantitative Ability section. In this article of MBAUniverse.com the experts will suggest you how to deal with the Quantitative Ability section and overcome the weakness.
Follow the three steps
Arun Sharma, renowned CAT expert and author of CAT preparation books, suggests that if you are really weak in the Quantitative Ability section, you should analyze your problem in three parts. "After you go through the basic parts of the Quantitative ability section, for each part go through the following steps. Know the Basics, do the initial problem solving followed by increasing exposure to problems in that category."
Clarify the concepts & apply
A section gets weak for you when you are not clear with the concepts. If you are not sure with the concepts, then you won't be able to apply them in the problems. If you are not being able to relate the formula or rule with a given problem, you need to revise them and along with that, solve the practice questions at the end of the chapter. "Revise the concepts and then try and apply them by solving online sectional tests or comprehensive tests and further applying the concepts to all the mock tests that you take," says Vinayak Kudva, Head - Products, IMS Learning.
Refer to past CAT papers
Referring to past years' CAT exam papers will give you an exposure to the pattern of questions asked in the Quantitative Ability section over the years.
Cover the important topics of the section
Experts suggest leaving out the topics which you cannot understand or tackle at all. But make sure that you are comfortable with the areas which consistently appear in the CAT exam. Kudva observes that CAT basically tests the logical and reasoning skills of the candidates. "Conventionally CAT has been a test of logic more than anything else. So logical and reasoning based topics like Number System, Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry are the topics from which majority of the questions appear from in Quantitative Ability," he mentions. Kumar also adds some of the important topics from which most of the questions are asked. "The important topics to cover are Equations, Functions (Basics, not the class 11th or class 12th types), Series (AP/GP/Other types of series) and Coordinate Geometry," he mentions.
Don't let the weakness demoralize you
Often you don't practice because you think that you won't be able to solve the problems. But in order to improve your situation, you shall not let this dampen your sprits. Everyone is weak or strong in certain sections so you have to gain the confidence that you will overcome your weakness, at least to the extent of clearing the cut offs! As Kudva says, "Confidence can only come if you 'start' practicing. Remember that the Math questions that are assessed in CAT exam are based on topics that you have learnt in your 8th to 10th Standards. So there is no reason to worry regarding the level of concepts."
He also suggests, "First, focus on getting your basics right in one area by solving a whole lot of basic and CAT level questions from that area. Once you have achieved a certain level of confidence in that are move on to some other topic and follow a similar process. I am sure that if you follow this process religiously, you will see an improvement in your Math performance."
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