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Cracking the quant section of CAT: apply basic concepts for a high score

The real challenge is to get a good overall sectional score

Mission MBA Updated: Nov 29, 2016 20:13 IST
HT Education Correspondent
If there is a change in pattern in the test, you can expect a slightly more tricky quant section.
If there is a change in pattern in the test, you can expect a slightly more tricky quant section.(Imagesbazaar)

Most candidates writing the Common Admission Test (CAT) struggle with quantitative aptitude (QA) section. The reasons why quant can be the toughest section to crack are varied. Though having a good grasp of fundamentals many often struggle to answer an application-based question. Most candidates are also unable to manage time and some are not able to develop speed and accuracy while others are not able to excel at calculation. Remember that your percentile score depends on your ability to identify questions which you will eventually be able to crack.

Pradeep Pandey, academic head, Triumphant Institute of Management Education, says, “When you take the CAT, you will find some questions to be very easy and the others very. There is a mix of questions of varying difficulty levels as it tests candidates on how they will perform in real life situations.”

The real challenge is to get a good overall sectional score. “Read the questions carefully to avoid comprehension mistakes. Be careful about words and phrases like at least, at most, some/all, and/or, not less than, etc. Incorrect interpretation of these words may change your answer. Do not leave too many questions to the end. Doing so will only make you more nervous, and you may lose out on some really easy questions,” says Pandey.

As Gautam Puri, co-founder, Career Launcher, says, “One needs to use both skills, high number of attempts and accuracy to master this section. QA has, perhaps, been the easiest section over the last two years. The focus is only on simple application of basics and nothing too convoluted. If there is a change in pattern in the test, you can expect a slightly more tricky quant section.”

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