While preparing for the competitive exams, one of the subjects that almost everyone finds difficult is the Quantitative Aptitude section. Most of the candidates who have failed the exams and missed out on their dream job have this section to blame.
Poor preparation and inability to finish the section in the required time make many of the candidates unable to acquire the cut-off score for this section.Â With only a few weeks left for the exam, here are some quick tips for aspirants to make this section easy and simple.
Although you have just a few more weeks left, you can still use the limited time to your advantage with these study approaches:
To achieve maximum preparation, you should classify the topics present as most difficult, difficult, moderately difficult, and easy. This way you can focus more on the difficult topics to gain a better grasp of the tough questions.
Topics, such as percentage, profit/loss, simple/compound interest, ratio/proportion, and age problems and other such arithmetic problems on simplification are easy to score.
Topics, such as quadratic equations, number series, probability and time, speed, distance and mixture and allegations and data interpretation are difficult and hence need more preparation time.
Also, know the difficulty level of the exam questions by going through the previous exam papers. This will help you concentrate on the right topic.
This is the time to concentrate on attempting as many practice and mock tests as possible. Solving previous year questions will give you confidence and help you score more.
The mock tests provide analysis on the answers, helping you become more familiar with the pattern, the difficulty level, and the topics asked. You will also know how to use the time allotted to the maximum.
During your preparation, take notes on the important formulas and points. This helps you revise these necessary points before the exam.
Data Interpretation is one of the toughest topics to prepare. Instead of doing the accurate calculation, which can consume much of your time, round off numbers and choose the answer that is nearest to your calculation. This is the best way to use the elimination method in data interpretation. Try avoiding questions that require long calculations.
In quadratic equations, preparing on factorization problems you had studied during your high school will help solve the equations fast.
During the exam, the time you allow for each type of question in the section determines your score.Â For instance, the Quant section needs about 20 minutes, if you are quite comfortable with the section. But allow more time if you are average or weak in this section.
While you are attempting the questions, make sure you read the questions thoroughly and understand them before you answer.Â This will avoid most of the mistakes you make. And while using shortcuts, try only the tricks or the shortcuts which you have already prepared. Avoid any new one, or a shortcut which you are not familiar with.
At times, the conventional method would be the best option rather than being stuck in the middle of a problem because of using some new shortcut. And last but not least, avoid any type of guess work while solving the questions. Since negative scoring is present, you should always be careful about answering the questions.