CAT Quant Tips to Improve

CAT Quant Tips to Improve

Have you hit a plateau with your CAT Quant studying? Don’t worry—it happens to almost all students at some point during their test preparation. And take heart: failure to improve doesn’t mean that you won’t improve. In fact, your next big score leap could be just around the corner. Try some of these CAT Quant tips & tricks to improve your score if you’re stuck; they may just help you get out of that rut!

Check Your Work

I know that you won’t always have time to do this during the official exam. But double-checking your work as you take practice tests or even as you complete Quant problem sets can help you see common mistakes you make. Do you drop negative signs? Put inequalities facing the wrong direction? Or do you need to go back and refresh your memory in some concept areas? Whether you do it as you go or after you’ve finished the work, reviewing your notes can reveal some big keys to why you’re stuck—and how to get un-stuck!

Practice Content Areas in Combination

You can practice algebra problems until the cows come home, but that’ll only get you so far on CAT Quant. What you may have noticed if you’ve been prepping for a while now is that the hardest Quant problems combine several different content areas. An algebra problem may also be a trig problem, or it may also be a sequence problem, or a triangle problem…you get the idea. Go back to prep you’ve already done and look through the Quant problems. Identify which content areas each question is testing, and unravel how the test-maker has constructed the problem. Thinking like the test-maker will take you a long way in your CAT Quant prep.

Brush up on the Basics

When they prep for the CAT, a lot of students dive immediately into the “harder” math topics: coordinate geometry, trig, combinatorics…but still answer questions wrong because of the previously mentioned tendency of CAT Quant to combine topics. In other words, if you don’t have basic algebra principles fresh in your mind, all the trig study in the world is just going to leave you beating your head against the wall. Don’t worry! Just go back to basics. The harder questions will still be there when you’re done, I promise.

Attempt Fewer Questions

This can seem counter-intuitive to a lot of test-takers, but remember that you lose a point for each question you answer incorrectly on the CAT. But more than that, you also lose precious time you could be spending on questions you’d be likely to answer correctly. Take a look at the following blog posts to see how many questions you should be attempting to get your dream score—you’ll notice that even students scoring in the 100th percentile don’t have to answer all the questions to get those sky-high scores. On the CAT, accuracy counts for at least as much as speed.


At the end of the day, if you keep practicing, evaluating your practice, returning to your lessons, and adapting your study plan, you will improve. It may not happen as quickly as you like, and you may find that you hit a plateau here and there—but at the end of the day, the important thing is that those scores keep rising, eventually. In the meantime, apply these tips to your practice and see exactly where you’re blocked. One of them could be the key to raising your Quant score sky-high!

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