# Tips to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude (QA) for CAT 2020

Updated: May 4

I was very scared of the QA section. And I know that many of you who are non-engineers might be two. In this post I will share some tips to crack the QA section of CAT:

I feared the QA section because of two reasons:

I had been making silly mistakes all my life in Mathematics

I was going to compete with engineers and I feared they had a better QA (I was a commerce student and our courses had basic applications of mathematics: addition/subtraction)

Due to these reasons, I decided to __self-prepare for 6 months__ focusing only on QA before I took coaching. In the six months, I did the following:

Purchased Arun Sharma’s

and solved its Level of Difficulty 1 (LOD 1) of all the chapters.__“How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT”__Created a

**formula book**, in which I noted down all the important concepts and formulas chapter-wise (left some space after each chapter for later additions).Started off with

**Arithmetic**(profit and loss; percentages; time, distance and speed) followed by**Algebra**, concluded by**Number System & Geometry**.

After six months, I felt confident about the basics of QA. The coaching further helped me build on them. I** **regularly solved the coaching material to test whatever I had learned in those six months.

When I started appearing for the mocks, I was scoring around** 85 percentile in the QA section** with 15 attempts on an average and an accuracy rate of 80%. I knew that my attempt rate was low (one must attempt around 28–30 questions in the QA section).

In order to increase my attempt, I checked which chapters am I not attempting. Then, I started revisiting the concepts of those topics, solving their advance material (LOD 2) and giving their sectional tests to develop a comfort level.

After consistently working on each of the weak topics, I managed to raise my score to **95–97 percentile** in the QA section in the mocks. Finally, I scored around 95 percentile in the CAT exam (committed silly errors due to the pressure carried over from the LRDI section).

**Major takeaways:
**

Preparation for the QA section is laborious, especially if you are beginning from the scratch. So, you must learn to be patient.

Don’t set targets to study X number of hours a day. Instead, set targets to finish each chapter in Y number of days (depending upon the length).

Start with topics you feel comfortable in. Number System & Geometry, each have further 8–10 sub-topics, don’t begin with them.

Stay regular, even if you’re solving just 10–20 questions a day. Always refer to the solutions given at the end of the book to recheck your method.

Don’t let the pressure of one section get carried over to another section. I regret it to date, even though it cost me nothing in the hindsight :)

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