The Common Admission Test is the standard examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management for securing admission to their highly reputed management programmes. As such, it requires steadfast determination and an intricate understanding of the components of the test.
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Quantitative Aptitude/Data Interpretation
In CAT Exam, Many students struggle with the problem of low attempts (and, consequently, low scores) in QA/DI, despite having good understanding. Many students are unable to choose the right questions while attempting the paper and end up attempting difficult questions that not only take time but also get them negative marks.
However, after the paper, while analyzing their performance or going through the solutions, students discover that there were many easy questions that they did not notice while attempting the online exam. This usually happens because either they’re not aware of their strengths and weaknesses in different topics of QA/DI or they’re just plain afraid of leaving questions un-attempted.
When taking a competitive exam like the CAT, it’s not important whether one knows more than the others. How one attempts the paper makes all the difference. Below are a few pointers to attempt questions in this mathematical section of the test.
- Attempt only those questions which are from areas that one is familiar with. It is unwise to try to attempt any new kind of question in the exam. The preparation one has done at home is to be utilized in the examination hall.
- One way of attempting the QA/DI section is by going through it in 3 Rounds, starting with answering the easiest questions. One should not be afraid of leaving difficult questions un-attempted.
- In Round 1, go through the questions sequentially but attempt only those questions:
- That are from an area of interest or topic that one is comfortable with
- That are not lengthy, meaning inordinately time-consuming
- That are not confusing in the first reading
- That can be attempted in about 90 seconds
- Lengthy or difficult questions from one’s area of interest should be marked in Round 1 (using the Review button) and attempted only in Round 2. These should be questions that one feels sure of answering correctly after precisely applying one’s knowledge and calculations.
- If, and only if, time is available, should one attempt the remaining questions in Round 3, and even then, concentrate on getting questions correct rather than guessing at answers to increase the number of attempts. Remember, each incorrect guess will cause an irreversible drop in percentile.
- Read the choices along with the question as it helps in deciding the scope for approximation, elimination of choices and substitution. These can prove to be valuable time-saving techniques, which is of paramount importance in CAT, which is a time-based examination, engineered to test the time-management and decision-making-under-pressure abilities of candidates.
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