Quants In GMAT vs CAT [A Comparative Analysis]

Quants In GMAT vs CAT

If you are preparing for the GMAT or the CAT, you might wonder how these exam sections compare. In this article, we will look at some similarities and differences between the GMAT and CAT quants and offer tips on how to ace both.

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The GMAT quants section tests your ability to apply basic mathematical concepts and skills to solve problems in a business context. The CAT quants section tests your ability to use numerical and logical reasoning to solve problems in various domains. Both sections require a strong grasp of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and modern math concepts. However, there are also some key differences between them.

GMAT Quants: A Precision-Driven Journey

The GMAT quantitative section assesses a candidate’s problem-solving skills, mathematical reasoning, and data analysis capabilities. It consists of two types of questions: problem-solving and data sufficiency. The problem-solving questions are multiple-choice, where test-takers must choose the correct answer from the given options. On the other hand, data sufficiency questions evaluate the ability to analyse given data and determine whether the given information is sufficient to solve the problem. Both types of questions are MCQs.

The GMAT quants section aims to test mathematical prowess, critical thinking, and logic. It requires a solid foundation in arithmetic, number properties, algebra, geometry, basic probability and P&C. Moreover, time management is crucial, as candidates must answer 31 questions in just 62 minutes.

CAT Quants: A Test of Speed and Accuracy

The CAT quantitative aptitude section is a challenging exam segment that assesses a candidate’s problem-solving skills and mathematical ability. It consists of multiple-choice questions that cover various topics, including arithmetic, algebra, geometry, number system, and modern maths. While the GMAT quants section includes problem-solving and data sufficiency questions, the CAT quants section focuses solely on problem-solving. 

The CAT quants section is known for its complexity and demands quick thinking and accuracy. 

Test-takers must answer 22 questions within 40 minutes, leaving an average of less than two minutes per question. Speed and efficient calculations play a vital role in securing a high score. 

Additionally, the CAT quants section often includes tricky questions that require applying concepts unconventionally, testing a candidate’s ability to think logically.

Key Differences Between GMAT and CAT Quants:

  1. One difference is the level of difficulty. The GMAT quants section is generally considered easier than the CAT quants section, as the latter has more complex and tricky questions requiring deeper conceptual understanding and faster calculation skills. 
  2. Another difference is the format. The GMAT quants section consists of 31 questions you must answer in 62 minutes. The questions are either problem-solving or data sufficiency. The problem-solving questions are similar to any standardised test, where you must choose the answer from five options. The data sufficiency questions are unique to the GMAT, where you must determine whether two statements provide enough information to answer a question. 
  3. The CAT quants section contains 22 questions you must answer in 40 minutes. The questions are either multiple-choice or type-in-the-answer (TITA) type. The multiple-choice questions have four options, one of which is correct. The TITA questions require you to enter your answer in a numeric form.
  4. A third difference is the scoring. The GMAT quants section is scored on a scale of 6 to 51, with an average score of around 40. The score is based on the number and difficulty of questions you answer correctly, as well as the adaptive nature of the test, which adjusts the difficulty level according to your performance

The CAT quants section is scored on a scale of -22 to 66, with an average score of around 10. There is a Negative marking in CAT Quants. The score is based on the number of questions you answer correctly minus the negative marking of those questions you answer incorrectly, irrespective of the difficulty of the question solved. There is no negative marking for the TITA questions. 

How to Prepare For GMAT Quants and CAT Quants

So how can you prepare for both the GMAT quants and the CAT quants sections? Here are some tips:

  • Review the basic concepts and formulas of all the topics covered in both sections. Make sure you understand how to apply them to different types of problems.
  • Practice solving questions from both sections under timed conditions. Try to improve your speed and accuracy using shortcuts and strategies such as estimation, option elimination, substitution, etc.
  • Analyse your strengths and weaknesses by reviewing your performance on mock tests and practice questions. Focus on improving your weak areas and maintaining your strong areas. 
  • Check out GMATPoint Daily Targets to solve GMAT-level questions daily for free. Similarly, you can solve Cracku Daily Targets to practice CAT-level questions and improve your problem-solving skills.
  • Develop a test-taking strategy that suits your style and preferences. For example, decide how much time you will spend on each question, how you will deal with tough or unfamiliar questions, how you will check your answers, etc. This will come with practice as you keep solving and analysing mock tests.
  • Be confident and calm on the test day. Don’t let stress or anxiety affect your performance. Trust your preparation and skills.

We hope this article has given insight into how the GMAT and CAT quants sections compare and how you can prepare for both. Remember that both exams are challenging but manageable if you put in enough effort and practice. Good luck!

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