Noida, India (PressExposure) June 30, 2011 -- The CAT 2011 exam is tentatively three months away from now. By now, you must have diagnosed which is your area of weakness. To gain success in CAT exam, you need to first identify your weakest section. Then only can you improve it and score well in CAT exam. This MBAUniverse.com article is for them who consider Quantitative Ability as their weakest section and will talk on how you can maintain your accuracy without compromising on the speed.
The Quantitative Ability section of CAT exam is such, where accuracy is very important. Even though you apply the right method to solve a problem, if you are not accurate enough or commit even a simple mistake, you will have to face negative marking, resulting in low percentile.
Practice: Practice is the keyword here. While practicing, you will come to know your mistakes and a thorough analysis with the help of a mentor or your group member will help you realize the type of it. If it is a conceptual ambiguity, you need to go back to your basics. But if it is a silly mistake, you should practice more of the similar kind of problem and be extra cautious with your calculations. "You need to minimize your areas of weakness by consistent practice,' says Vinayak Kudva, Product Head, IMS Learning.
Identify problem areas: You need to understand if you are facing problems while solving the questions of the Quantitative Ability section. Understand that if the lack of accuracy takes place in all the topics or on one particular topic. If it is for all topics, then this might be due to your concentration problem. But if this problem pertains in some particular topics, then you should focus on solving that particular topic more.
Select questions carefully: If your problem in accuracy lies in some particular topic/topics, then you should solve more questions from those topics. But while writing CAT 2011, you shall go for the topics you are more comfortable and accurate in. "In the exam first solve the questions that you are comfortable with and are faster at solving," Kudva says. However, you should be competent enough to attempt questions from all the topics to get the required percentile in the Quantitative Ability section of CAT 2011. "Ideally you should attempt only 10 questions in CAT 2011 without any mistakes," suggests R Shiva Kumar, Director (R & D), Career Launcher.
Practice all the topics to increase speed & maintain accuracy: As mentioned before, you need to cover all the topics of the Quantitative Ability. The experts suggest a time table for covering all topics of Quantitative Ability. "I would recommend alternating between areas. Monday - Arithmetic, Tuesday - Algebra, Wednesday - Geometry, Thursday - Modern Math, Friday - take test, Saturday - analyze, Sunday - revise weak areas. This, in a way, would ensure that you cover all the areas in the Quantitative Ability equally," Gejo Sreenivasan, Principal Consultant, Career Launcher recommends.
After revision practice questions of various forms from these topics or take mock tests on the same. "Taking a couple of speed math tests every day is a must. Basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry forms a broad classification of the topics that may appear in your paper. For both the sections, number theory, ratios, speed and distance, time are important," Kudva advises.
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