Recipe for Getting a perfect Quant Score in CAT

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Be it the importance of Flashcards in vocabulary building , or the importance of speed reading in solving RC’s, team FUNDAMAKERS has always put its best foot forward to make things easy for the aspirants.
Today the topic for discussion would be how should one redefine our Quant strategy, for getting a perfect score in this section.
Unlike the other two sections, QA is a section that has a direct link to what you have done in school and college. Most of the topics that are tested on the CAT have also been a part of the school curriculum. This I feel is the biggest roadblock in front of test-takers wanting to achieve higher scores on the CAT Quant because high Math scores during X and XII exams do not automatically imply doing well on CAT Quant.
This has to do with the simple fact that test-takers never fully grasp the difference between the two formats since they are as different from each other as chalk and cheese.
Leave No Concept Unturned
While the QA section of the CAT might seem like one big block of Math, nothing could be farther from the truth.
Each of the topics on CAT QA is a different ball game altogether and one can’t club it all under a big Math umbrella. This is the reason why test-takers have such varying degrees of expertise across the areas within CAT QA —
– Some are exceptional at Numbers but poor at Arithmetic
– Some are great at Arithmetic and Geometry but really bad at P&C
– Some find P&C and Probability solvable but find functions a problem
This in itself indicates how each topic on Math ends up testing a different kind of mental skill set, making the QA section similar to a Heptathlon or Decathlon, which requires you to be good at 7 and 10 different events.
To compete in such an event you need to first know how to perform in each individual event. You cannot know how to perform only 5 out of 7 events in a heptathlon (100 meters hurdles, High jump, Shot put, 200 meters, Long jump, Javelin throw, 800 meters) and then try to compete.
It goes without saying that to succeed at such an event you need to be above average in all events and great at a few, success on the CAT requires something very similar — you need to know the basics of all the topics and be competent enough to solve Easy and Medium questions from all of them.
Once the basics are in place, the three building blocks to get better at CAT QA are Accuracy, Selection & Speed.

Diagnose the reasons behind your low accuracy
Good accuracy is a function of two things — your solving technique and your choice of questions. Since we will take up selection in the next section of this post, here we will deal with just solving technique.
Since we have undergone the induction process of learning solutions during the long formative years of our education, we don’t really know the technique of problem solving as such. So we usually attribute our mistakes to that worn-out phrase — silly mistake. If we continue to use that phrase then neither can I nor can anyone else help you out since the only solution is to stop being silly!
Even if you tell yourself that you will be serious, that you will concentrate hard, it is not going to work since there are just words or attitudes and not process changes.
To improve your accuracy on CAT QA, you need to first stop viewing your mistakes through the silly-mistake lens, view it through the process-mistake lens.

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mprove your solving process
If you see most of our inefficiencies occur because
● we are always in a rush, operating all of the time out of a fear of time running out
● we do not read the question properly, so without figuring out the problem we want to deliver a solution
● we do not think about how to solve the problem, we just jump into solving; aren’t we supposed to think, isn’t this supposed to be a test of reasoning in different contexts?
It is not possible to make these process changes just like that, you need to program your brain to slip out of its current grooves and create new pathways. To do this talk to yourself before every practice session about the changes you need to make — all the great sportsmen do it.
So before every practice session, tell yourself to read the question properly till the end without panicking, concentrate hard and never take your eyes off the ball, think, think and think and not just regurgitate old solutions.
All the best!!