# Countdown to CAT 2011: Tip of the Day for QA and DI

Noida, India (PressExposure) October 19, 2011 -- The week of CAT 2011 has finally arrived. While you are in your last lap of preparation, we at MBAUniverse.com are offering you 'Tip a Day' before you get yourself absolutely prepared to go to the test hall for the test of the year.

In today's article of the special series of MBAUniverse.com on last lap of preparation strategy for CAT 2011, we talk about the first section of CAT 2011, which is the Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation.

As mentioned by the experts, now is not the time to learn something new. Keep the faith in yourself that whatever you have learnt so far would be adequate for you to solve the questions at the test. All you have to do this week is to revise, revisit and practice.

Now that Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation are clubbed together, it can be a boon for you if you are weak in either of the areas. "Quant and DI together means that DI becomes your short cut to cracking the Quant or DI area. Do well in Data Interpretation and you would be halfway through the section or vice versa. Of course you would need to do well in at least a couple of areas of both Quant and DI to ensure qualification," mentions Arun Sharma, CAT guru and author of bestselling books on CAT preparation.

The important areas of Quantitative Ability, which you must be prepared to solve at ease are Number Systems, Functions, Inequalities, Quadratic Equations, Logarithms, Permutation & Combination and Probability. Also make Data Interpretation your strong point - for which you would need to do Averages, Alligations, Percentages, Profit & Loss and Ratio & Proportion.

According to Arun Sharma, you need to know about 3000 questions on the above mentioned topics to be comfortable on the question solving tricks and strategies. Focus on all the formulae for the questions on Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry etc. "Focus on trying to develop your thought process within the problem. Visualize all formulae and have clarity of vision of which formulae to use in what situations," says Sharma.

For Data Interpretation, you need to be good with your flowcharting and interpreting abilities. "In the last few days to CAT 2011, practice different sets and get familiar with tricks to solve DI sets. Practice more and more questions on Data Interpretation," suggests Saumya Jain, Academic Head and VA expert, Career Launcher.

Talking about the strategy of solving the Data Interpretation area, Nishit Sinha, CAT expert, mentor and author of CAT preparation book suggests, "You can do 30 per cent to 40 per cent questions by simple calculation and basic interpretation."

During the exam, make sure that you choose the right questions and follow the right strategies to make the exam successful. MBAUniverse.com will delve on these strategies in the upcoming articles.

To read the previous tips under this special series, click on the following links:

CAT 2011 Tip of the Day: Leverage your strengths for a better performance

CAT 2011 Tip of the Day: Ways to tackle your weak areas

CAT 2011 Tip of the Day: Mock tests - How many & When to take

Stay tuned to MBAUniverse.com for more tips on the last lap of preparation strategy for CAT 2011.