How to prepare for NMAT Quants
There are 36 questions to be attempted in 52 minutes which brings down to 1.5 minutes per question in this section. It also consists of data sufficiency and data interpretation sets. There are 4 main important areas in this section – Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and Modern maths. Preparing for quantitative aptitude is considered to be one of the most difficult tasks for NMAT aspirants who are from non-engineering educational backgrounds. With some of the important NMAT quantitative aptitude tips, preparing this section can become a lot easier and effective.
The quantitative ability section of NMAT 2020 aims to test three things. Numerical ability, mathematical skills as well as problem-solving skills. The quantitative ability or aptitude section is one of the core parts that is part of almost all MBA entrance exams. In general, the questions in the quantitative ability section of NMAT are related to elementary mathematics. Candidates to score good marks and fall within the cutoff of NMAT 2020 need to be completely acquainted with the fundamental concepts of solving questions. When you build your basics in quants, then solving questions is a cakewalk. Quantitative aptitude is very much like learning to read. If you don’t know your letter sounds, then you have no hope of being able to sound out words, of course, there is no way possible that you could read a book. All math courses are taught in a particular sequence because every topic builds on the previous topic. If you are having a problem with a question, continue working with that one until you understand it and then you will see yourself solving questions with ease.
Prepare an in detail study plan:
To start any preparation, it is vital that candidates must make a clear cut time table. Try to devote 3 hours to the QA section. Start with the basics, follow time strictly and then practice what you prepare. Check out the previous year question papers of NMAT to know which topics are covered under the quantitative ability section. Do not make a monthly planner as it may be difficult to follow initially. Start with a weekly planner on how to prepare for quantitative ability and break it into the daily strategy.
Sharpen your basics:
Once the conceptual clarity of each topic is there, candidates must start practising and solving more and more questions. Solving simple examples at first and then gradually moving towards the difficult questions would be helpful. As per the NMAT 2020 important dates, the exam will be held on from Oct 6 to December 19, candidates should try to give a good amount of time on clearing their concepts. The candidates have a tendency to jump onto the next step once they are familiar with the topics. Resist this temptation and dig deep into the actual concept to have in-depth knowledge about the topic.
Learn speed calculation techniques to save time:
Using your preparation time is essential if you want to pass your Quantitative aptitude test. Master the quantitative ability shortcuts and you will be the king. If one is looking at speed tips, then alternative techniques will do it all. Give different angles to simplify each topic using lateral thinking & common sense. Learn simple methods using real friends or reel environments, or take help from google. It is important to understand and know which formula to apply in which question to solve it accurately and without letting go time
Revise formulas on a daily basis:
It is a strict no to learn reams of formula without fully understanding the meaning behind them. This will, unfortunately, increase the amount of time it takes to learn, and probably create lots of confusion in the meantime. Moreover, if you don’t understand the connection between meaning and formula, your brain will not be able to see links and you are likely to forget what you have learned quickly. So, apply the right methods to solve questions quickly and correctly.
Be thorough with:
- Tables up to 30
- Squares and square roots
- Cubes and cube roots
- Fractions and their decimal equivalents
- Memorise prime and composite numbers
Know your strengths and weaknesses:
In an attempt to complete the paper within a stipulated time, many candidates hastily answer, without understanding the question. Even a slight misinterpretation of a question will lead to a wrong answer. On several occasions, few questions are deliberately set in a twisted manner just to confuse the test-takers. While solving various problems, figure out the topics that you are good at. By doing this, one can also know their weakness and this helps to concentrate more on areas which you are weak at, which consequently will help you to prepare well.
Revision on a regular basis:
When you study new topics, do not forget to revise the old ones. It is extremely important so that you don’t lose touch. Most of the candidates do practice but they don’t revise and thus forget what they had studied. It leads to low mock scores and thus you get demotivated and end up quitting. Follow a systematic method while solving Mathematical problems. Start the practice topic-wise and then solve the sample papers. By doing this, every topic is covered and it showcases your proficiency.
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