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Plugging the gaps

CAT queries answered

education Updated: Oct 13, 2010 09:06 IST

I am really weak in quantitative ability. What’s worse, I am not getting the confidence to practice this section anymore. Please suggest ways to handle my inner tension and proper ways to score good marks in CAT 2010.
Aditya Gupta
Aditya, confidence can only come if you ‘start’ practising. Remember that the math and English questions assessed in the CAT exam are based on topics that you have learnt in Class 8 to 10. So, there is really no reason to worry regarding the level of concepts. 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 amount of confidence in that, 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 overall improvement in your math performance.

The highest score I have achieved in mock CATs is 58. What is the minimum score I should target at this moment? I intend to appear for CAT 2010 during mid-November.
Sayan Arora
Do not target a particular score as cut-offs would vary according to the level of difficulty of the test. Try to maximise your attempts and accuracy in every test you take (something like an 85 per cent attempt with 90 per cent accuracy). This approach will ensure that you clear the cut-offs irrespective of the difficulty levels.

What is the correct procedure to analyse my performance in mock tests?
Rohit Verma
The best way to analyse mock tests is:
. Set standards for level of accuracy and attempts for every test before you take the test
. Check how you have performed with respect to the desired levels and the cut-offs
. Identify the gaps. What areas/ topics are bringing down your accuracy/ attempts
. Identify those questions that you must solve to improve your attempts/ accuracy
. Do a question-by-question analysis to see if you can further improve your scores – by avoiding careless mistakes, by electing the right questions, by not overspending time on a particular question