Geometry is one of the most important topics as far as CAT 2016 is concerned. Every year, at least 8 – 10% of the questions in Quant section are from Geometry. So, a student cannot afford to be not well prepared for CAT Geometry. The advantage is that many concepts for CAT Geometry are just extensions of high-school Geometry. So, the basics of CAT Geometry Concepts are the same as the basics of high-school Geometry. The only difference is that Geometry questions in CAT demand a better application of these basic concepts. In this article, we shall look at how to work on Geometry for CAT and prepare better for CAT 2016.
- Solve basic level exercises on all Geometry topics
Many Geometry questions in CAT are asked on basics like Basic Proportionality Theorem, Angle Bisector Theorem, Properties of Circles etc. Questions on Triangles and Circles form a major part of the Geometry section. So, it is very important to be thorough with all the basic formulae, properties and theorems. Solve as many basic level exercises on these topics as possible. All the important formulae, theorems and shortcuts should be at your fingertips.
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- Use diagrams while solving questions
Many students try to solve Geometry questions without diagrams. This is fine if the question is very easy. But, most of the questions asked in CAT are of moderate to difficult level and solving them without diagrams often leads to errors. So, it is a good idea to solve the question by drawing a diagram. Try to inculcate this habit during your preparation. Once you are comfortable with it, the time spent on drawing a diagram will not be an issue in the actual exam.
- Take a number of sectional tests
Questions on Geometry can be asked from a wide variety of models. Even after extensive practice, a student can be surprised by a new model thrown up in CAT 2016. So, it is better to be prepared with as many different models of questions as possible. One way of ensuring this is by taking a number of sectional tests from different sources. Since each sectional test focuses on only one or at most a few topics, it will help you gain an in-depth understanding of all the concepts and the different question models in those topics. Also, because sectional tests are generally timed tests, they will also help you improve your speed.
- Analyze sectional and mock tests
Analyzing a mock or sectional test is as important as actually taking the test, if not more. During the analysis, make a list of all the questions that you were not able to solve and the questions that you got wrong during the test and re-attempt them. Check the solutions only if you were not able to solve these questions even after two or three attempts. If you were not able to solve them because of lack of clarity in a particular concept, go back to the basics and relearn the concept. Also, check the solutions of even those questions that you were able to solve in the test. These solutions might contain a trick or shortcut that you may have missed. Make a list of all these shortcuts and try to use them the next time you come across a similar question. These shortcuts will play a crucial role in saving a few extra seconds on the D-day and give you an edge over others.
The above steps, if followed meticulously, will definitely take your Geometry preparation for CAT 2016 to the next level and help you crack CAT with a good percentile.
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