Top 10 Tips to Improve CAT Logical Reasoning Score

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Maybe you’re just starting your CAT exam preparation and you’re not sure how to go about studying for CAT Logical Reasoning. Or maybe you’ve been studying for months, but have hit a wall with your Logical Reasoning scores. Even though Logical Reasoning only accounts for about sixteen questions on the CAT exam, those sixteen questions can make a huge difference to your overall score. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 10 tips to improve CAT Logical Reasoning score.

1. Set Score Goals

This is an important step in your CAT preparation, no matter where you are in the process. Which IIMs do you want to attend, and what are their average accepted students’ CAT scores? Once you know what you’re hoping to score on the CAT, take a look at the following posts to see how many questions you’ll attempt, overall and on each section of the test (including Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning):

2. Set Timing Goals

Once you know what score you’re hoping to get and have decided approximately how many Logical Reasoning questions you’ll attempt to get that score, set your timing goals for Logical Reasoning. The CAT Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section has 32 questions, and provides one hour to answer them. That’s less than two minutes per question if you attempt them all! Yet as you can see from the above posts, you don’t need to attempt all questions to get a great CAT score. Set a time goal for your Logical Reasoning section and work toward that goal as the exam approaches.

3. Know the Question Types

Identifying what kind of Logical Reasoning question type you’re looking at is the first step to solving it correctly. And the first step to identifying the question type is learning what question types appear in CAT Logical Reasoning! Take a look at our CAT Logical Reasoning Syllabus to get an overview of what you can expect to find on the exam.

4. Diagram Wherever Possible

So many CAT Logical Reasoning questions have to do with geometry, permutations and combinations, or ratios. This means that sketches, tables, and diagrams are your new best friends in this section. As you practice Logical Reasoning drills and sections on mock exams, identify what kinds of diagrams you could use for each question—and then use them! Going back and looking over previous Logical Reasoning questions you attempted and the notes you took while doing them, then creating new diagrams and solving the problems again, is another exercise that will help you get comfortable with diagraming.

5. Know the Rules

The rules for the exam room? Yes. But also the rules governing each CAT Logical Reasoning question. Most, if not all, CAT Logical Reasoning questions will provide you with guidelines and constraints for the scenario described in the question stem. Get used to writing these out, even in shorthand, in your notes to guide your work (and diagramming!) while solving the problems.

6. Restate the Rules in Your Own Words

You can do this while transferring the rules from the screen to your paper. Simplify them from the formal language the question stem uses, then jot them down in the simplest form. A quick caveat here, though: double-check your version of the rules against the rules given in the problem before continuing, to make sure that nothing got lost in the process (like those tricky “nots” and “excepts” that can slip through the cracks).

7. Identify Problematic Question Types

Those would be the question types most problematic for you. As you progress in your CAT preparation, you’ll want to focus on improving your performance on these types of problems. But as test day approaches, start identifying which question types you’re still consistently missing, and consider skipping those—yet another reason knowing Logical Reasoning question types is beneficial!

8. Save Your Work

I’m not talking about just saving your practice tests. Until you’ve actually taken the CAT, save all your work, including notes taken on rough sheets. Why? For diagramming purposes, for evaluation purposes, and for future study, as we’ll see in just a moment.

9. Study Problems You’ve Already Solved

While I can’t stress how important note-taking and diagramming are for CAT Logical Reasoning, you can develop strong mental skills by putting problems you’ve already solved on notecards, with the situation and a question on the front and a diagram on the back. This will help you integrate the skills you need for CAT Logical Reasoning into how you approach the problems, making you all the more efficient on the official exam.

10. Practice!

None of us likes doing things we’re not good at. But practicing those skills is the only way to improve. Cut yourself some slack at the beginning and work under untimed conditions, returning to your lessons and previous work often. This way, you’ll not only improve your skills, but you’ll also have a stash of materials to review before the official exam to perfect your skills.

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