The Quantitative Ability section, also known as the QA, is a major component of MBA entrance exams. In this section, a candidate is tested on various mathematical concepts. So, it is advisable for students to go through the mathematical concepts they covered in high school.
In the QA section, there are a number of questions on time and distance, geometry, permutations and combinations, probability, trigonometry, percentages, ratio and proportion, and simple and compound interests, to name a few.
The QA section is a test of how well you understand mathematical concepts and your ability to solve simple and complex problems. While preparing for the QA section, candidates become more confident and clearer with numbers.
Many students, especially those who are not from mathematics background, struggle to understand and grasp the concepts. With practice, it will become easier to tackle challenging mathematical problems.
To ace the QA section, you should practice questions of past year papers. With ample practice, you will be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses. This way, you can concentrate more on your weak areas and brush up the concepts you are not familiar with.
Memorize important formulae and learn multiplication tables at least up to 30. The QA section is a test of your speed too. So, the more confident you are of these formulae and concepts, the faster you will be able to answer the questions.
A number of questions in the QA section will be on estimation and approximation. Here, you should guess in an intelligent manner. You should hone your approximation and estimation skills by taking mock tests and having a firm grasp of numbers.
When practicing questions, try to step outside of your comfort zone and start attempting difficult questions. When you answer challenging questions correctly, you automatically become clearer with numbers.