Tips to prepare for CAT Quantitative Aptitude with less than a month to go
Quant Preparation in less than 1 month
The perception regarding to
CAT is that CAT is meant for Engineers. A non engineer can have difficulties
as there is a lot of Math in CAT. Most of the students give up CAT as they can’t
find how to break the CAT Quantitative Aptitude Section. They learn formulae by
rote and try to use them in different sums in the practice tests only to realize
that their scores are not improving.
The whole concept of learning formulae by heart for CAT is imperfect. CAT does not
check how good you are at remembering formulae and for most of the sums in CAT you
cannot apply formulae directly. Rather, CAT checks how logically you can think through
sums. Your smartness in solving the sums is counted here in CAT.
CAT papers it is found that, CAT Quantitative Aptitude Section can
be solved with simple logic. Understand this - that CAT does not check on your mathematical
skill or power to remembering the big big formulae but on your reasoning skills.
Tips to improve Math in the last month:
- Try to keep yourself away from big and lengthy formulae. The less formulae you know
the better it is to implement.
- But obviously you need to know basic formulae of Mathematics, Statistics, Trigonometry
and Geometry. But don’t get into any new formulae you have not heard of. It will
only slow you down or make you feel confusing.
- Try solving the problems with new time saving ideas that you already have solved.
If you find it write it down next to the sum so that when you go through the paper
again you could remember the methods you used. Also once before the exam go and
check the shortcut methods you used to solve the sums. This would ensure that it
is fresh in your mind when you solve the paper.
- Always analyse yourself with each mock test you are giving.
- Try to get better ways of solving it than that provided by explanatory answers.
- Go through the 5 previous CAT papers and see if you could get methods to solve the
Remember this CAT does not repeat questions, but the methods used to solve CAT sums
can be repetitive.
"BEST OF LUCK"