No matter how much Mathematics tests your wits, quantitative aptitude is not a nightmare. All you need are some good math tricks, generalized pattern based formulae and most importantly a unique lateral viewing point for each question. Take a look at an entirely different way of contemplating a question and what a difference it can make while approaching a problem.
The Quantitative Aptitude (QA) for CAT exam is considered to be the most difficult section by around 99% of the MBA aspirants. The reason being, failure in solving a quantitative aptitude question within 90 seconds. With the IIM admission acceptance rates being less than 2%, it worsens the situation for students who already dread Math. The question of how to prepare for quantitative aptitude for CAT has been one of the most frequently asked questions during the preparation. Here are are some tips for quantitative aptitude that are sure to help the CAT aspirants ace the section with ease.
Build your basics strong
When you build your basics in quants, then solving questions is a cake walk. Quantitative aptitude is very much like learning to read. If you don’t know your letter sounds, then you have no hope of being able to sound out words, of course, there is no way possible that you could read a book. All math courses are taught in a particular sequence because the every topic builds on the previous topic. If you are having a problem with a question, continue working with that one until you understand it and then you will see yourself solving questions with ease.
The candidates have a tendency to jump onto the next step once they are familiar with the topics. Resist this temptation and dig deep into the actual concept to have in-depth knowledge about the topic. Remember: structures are stable only when the foundation is solid.
Follow a systematic method while solving Mathematical problems. Start the practice topic-wise and then solve the sample papers. By doing this, every topic is covered and it showcases your proficiency.
Know your strengths
While solving various problems, figure out the topics that you are good at. By doing this, one can also know their weakness and this helps to concentrate more on areas which you are weak at, which consequently will help you to prepare well.
Work on shortcut techniques
Using your preparation time is essential if you want to pass your Quantitative aptitude test. Master the quantitative ability shortcuts and you will be the king. If one is looking at speed tips, then alternative techniques will do it all. Give different angles to simplify each topic using lateral thinking & common sense.
Focus on Concepts and not just Problem Solving where you can start predicting question types. Refer to some comprehensive books and Learn from video tutorials. Methods based on lateral reasoning, generalized formulae and simplification of the question help you score more.
Get the formulas right
it is a strict no to learn reams of formula without fully understanding the meaning behind them. This will, unfortunately, increase the amount of time it takes to learn, and probably create lots of confusion in the mean time. Moreover, if you don’t understand the connection between meaning and formula, your brain will not be able to see links and you are likely to forget what you have learned quickly. So, apply the right methods to solve questions quickly and correctly.
Practice and practice
Shortcuts for Quantitative Aptitude is the key to being quick and accurate. So, the more you practice using the formulas you need to know, the more likely you are to understand the formula. If you do not use the formula in practice questions, you are probably making the task of memorizing the formula more complicated.
You need to practice math questions daily to have a command over the techniques. Encountering different possibilities of variations helps you improve your skills. Quantitative aptitude preparations cannot be done in a day by cramming; it takes hard work combined with smarter methods to excel.
Understand the Question
In an attempt to complete the paper within a stipulated time, many candidates hastily answer, without understanding the question. Even a slight misinterpretation of a question will lead to a wrong answer. On several occasions, few questions are deliberately set in a twisted manner just to confuse the test-takers.
Write your steps clearly and line-by-line
Solve problems with one action on every line. Never go horizontally. It may take more paper, but you will be able to follow your steps much more quickly when you get stuck solving a question.
Make a point to chalk down all the techniques, tricks and formulae you study in a book as and when you come across. This will help ease out your final minute revision, and you need not turn scores of pages for that one single formula in panic.
Make sure you do this:
- Use memory techniques
- Understand the formulae
- Use different methods to learn the formula
- Create tables and charts for your understanding
- Revise, revise, revise.
Proper Time Management
Many candidates end up wasting time on a particular question. Unknowingly a candidate ends up wasting precious time which could be entrusted for other questions.
It is not advisable to attempt too many questions on guesswork as there is negative marking. If you are partly sure of your answer, try and eliminate the more probable incorrect choices to arrive at the right option. It is always suggested to avoid guess work as the exam is all about accuracy.
Change the way you learn, and you will alter the mindset with which you look at the most difficult section in Quantitative Aptitude. BYJU’S helps you learn these techniques in an easy and effective way. You will see the difference by trying these tips and shortcut techniques for your Quantitative Aptitude section in the CAT exam.With these simple yet effective tips, it is easy to crack Quantitative Aptitude section of the CAT. Stay tuned with BYJU’S to get various other preparation tips along with numerous shortcut techniques to be able to solve faster in the exam and ace it with ease.