Despite being equal in importance to the other 2 sections in CAT, the QA section ends up getting a lot more attention (focus, anxiety, apprehension, doubts) from a very high proportion of students. Math-phobia is more common than any such equivalent in English, or DILR. The QA-HWL2 or the QA-AIRCAT scores won’t be helping either – and leading to more anxiety. I write this for those of you who find yourself fitting in the above category.
If you are not good at QA, don’t sweat.
1. Break this big problem into smaller parts – identify the topics/parts in QA that you are “relatively” more comfortable with. Work a little more on these areas to build confidence. Start picking up more questions from those topics in AIRCATs – take your time but make them count. There is nothing like confidence to gain more confidence, and nothing like momentum to gain more momentum. Getting a start and movement is the toughest part. You don’t need to be great at QA overall. You just need to be above a threshold in enough number of topics.
2. Almost every QA topic/AIRCAT has some questions which are based more on logic than on Math or some which can be solved easily using options. Pick these out and try and get them right.
3. And, here’s some real good news – the QA in CAT in past several years has been relatively simple. Even XAT has seen a far-easier-than-usual QA. Many MBAGuru students, including several who made it to the top IIMs, have mentioned that even Class-L1 and HWL1 questions, practiced thoroughly, would have ensured a handsome preparation for QA in CAT. The levels that you encounter in L2 and in AIRCATs are generally much higher than that of QA questions in recent CATs. This is deliberately done to ensure you are prepared for a far tougher situation and the actual one is a pleasant surprise for you. Or, just incase QA turns out to be tough, you would be better equipped than others to tackle it.
4. The first step is to begin getting a decent score on the board in L1. If you can start making progress on L1, you would be on your way to an impressive score in QA.
Knowing what you are good at in QA, doing well on the logic-based QA questions, knowing that QA in CAT is likely to be far easier than L2, focusing on improving your L1 scores – these 4 steps will help you immensely.
Don’t fear, face it, play it, beat it! You are stronger than the fear you face.