CAT Logical Reasoning Tips & Tricks

Even though CAT Logical Reasoning only makes up around 16 questions on the entire exam, the section causes test-takers a lot of stress. Isn’t logic something you either have or don’t have? No! At least, not on the CAT. It is possible to prepare for Logical Reasoning just as you would for other sections on the exam, and improve your score just as much here as elsewhere. For our best CAT Logical Reasoning tips & tricks, read on!

Diagram!

CAT Logical Reasoning Tips Tricks

I can’t stress this enough: the number one skill you need for CAT Logical Reasoning is diagramming. Sketching out different scenarios, various possibilities, and alternative arrangements is the only way to answer the majority of these problems correctly. So how do you develop diagramming skills? Practice. Constant practice.

More than that, practice and review. In particular, review your notes after each set of drills, practice section, or mock exam that you take. What do they look like? Can you follow your train of thought through the diagram? Would somebody else be able to? Re-diagram any confusing notes on your own time, after the test. This way, you’ll arrive at the kinds of images that will help you best visualize the answers.

Read Carefully

I know that CAT Logical Reasoning dumps a ton of information in your lap before you even get to the problems. The creators of the test do this purposefully. What all of that information does is make you sift through it carefully to find what you need. Emphasis there on carefully. Read slowly. Take notes. Diagram. And double-check your reading, particularly for words like “NOT” and “EXCEPT,” which you may have missed the first time around—and which can make all the difference to your final score.

Make Your Own Inferences

…based on the data provided, of course. After you set out the conditions and rules the question stimulus provides, go through your notes before attempting the question to see if you can infer other unwritten rules or conditions. For example, if Amy and Julie are the only two women at the party, and Amy is NOT married to Brett, but Brett is married, you can make the inference that he must be married to Julie, given the conditions of the stimulus.

Don’t Time Your Practice—at First

It can take some time to integrate Logical Reasoning principles into your skill set. Mapping, diagramming, taking notes, and making inferences all take time—perhaps more time than you’re used to spending on Logical Reasoning problems. Because of this, don’t time yourself in drills as you master these practices.

As the exam approaches, of course, you’ll need to start timing yourself, but by then you’ll have mastered these tips & tricks. They may slow you down at first—but they’ll earn you points in the long run. Happy practicing, and good luck!

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