CAT 2011: Preparation strategies for QA, VA, DI & LR
There are hardly 3 months left for CAT 2011 entrance exam to roll. The official announcement of the exam can be expected any time between June and July beginning. In this article of MBAUniverse.com, we share with you the section wise preparation strategy for CAT 2011, based on advice given by top CAT experts.
Let us move section by section to know the preparation strategy.
Quantitative Ability is the section in which the main areas which you face are Arithmetic, Algebra, Mensuration, Geometry, and Trigonometry. The areas in which the test takers are most apprehensive are Algebra and Geometry.
To cope with the Algebra section, you need to comprehend the question and re-frame it mathematically. “If you are facing issues mainly in algebra, then I believe you are not able to comprehend and re-frame the question. I would suggest that you read the question slowly, visualize the question (draw neat diagrams/flow charts) and then solve,” suggests Gejo Sreenivasan, Principal Consultant, Career Launcher.
For Geometry, the best way to handle is through practicing with diagrams. “The best way to handle Geometry is to draw the figure to scale and then visually analyze the problem. In most of the cases you would be able to pick the right option,” assures Sreenivasan.
Verbal Ability section is generally known to give nightmares to many aspirants, especially those who belong to the engineering backgrounds or from the non English medium background. The main components of the section are Reading Comprehension and English Usage.
For Reading Comprehension, you need to read a lot, from various sources. Be it newspaper or magazine or pieces of classic or contemporary literature. While practicing for the Reading Comprehension, you should also follow the techniques of speed reading, without compromising on the understanding of the passage. “Cultivate diverse reading habits and try to improve your vocabulary, because knowing the language perfectly will go a long way in improving your accuracy and comfort level with the paper in the exam,” mentions Meenakshi Upadhyay, Verbal Ability expert and author.
Gaining your knowledge on Vocabulary can help you in every aspect of the Verbal Ability section, be it Reading Comprehension or English Usage. For vocabulary improvement, try to know the usage of the words together with their meaning because CAT will test your language usage ability in the exam. Vocabulary can be improved by keeping more words in your active vocabulary list and try to use them whenever possible, even if it means talking to yourself.
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
This section is all about interpreting data and utilizing your reasoning abilities. The section is divided into two parts. The Data Interpretation area will give you questions on graphs, tables, charts etc. You will have to answer the questions on the basis of the data given on those figures. The DI section can also give you caselets to solve. The Logical Reasoning will give you questions, which you have to solve with the help of your reasoning skills. The typical questions are on blood relations, arrangements, etc.
While practicing, you should keep in mind the following points:
• Take your time and read both the questions and data set carefully. Understand what you are being asked to do before you begin figuring out the information.
• Check the data and types of information required. Be sure that you are looking at the right part of graph or chart i.e., on proper columns or rows or lines.
• Read the parameters listed along with axes and the scale. This is the most important points as generally one assumes standard scale as 1 unit = 100 or 1 unit = 10. Also the scales of two axes might be different.
• The footnotes give the additional information for particular data. This also explains the jargons and lists the formulae that might be needed to solve the questions asked.
• Check the units required. Be sure that your answer is in thousand, millions or whatever it is that the question specifies.
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