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How to Use Calculator in CAT 2022: Tips and Instructions

Yash Dhamija
Yash DhamijaUpdated On: February 28, 2022 04:18 pm IST | CAT

Usage of a calculator in the CAT examination has been a common question among the CAT aspirants. This article covers all the important instructions related to utilising the calculator in CAT 2022. 

How to Use Calculator in CAT

Since the Data Interpretation and Quantitative Aptitude sections of the CAT 2022 exam require a good amount of calculations, it is advised to work on improving the calculation speed. Candidates should concentrate on developing their problem-solving skills and learning shortcut techniques so that they can complete the calculation part quickly. However, they should note that for some of the questions there will be an onscreen calculator provided with the question. Candidates can access the calculator to save time. The concept of the online calculator in the CAT exam was introduced in 2015 by the Indian Institute of Management. This article will provide you with all the important instructions that can help you access the online calculator in CAT 2022.

How to Utilize Calculator in CAT 2022?

1) Know how to use the on-screen calculator

It is advised to get familiar with the online screen calculator that will be provided in the exam. The online calculator that will be given in the exam is provided below.

CAT OnScreen Calculator

The first window will show all the entries/ calculation parts, candidates have entered for calculations while the second window will show the answers after completing the calculations. Candidates are advised to solve the maximum number of CAT 2022 mock test papers or the CAT 2022 sample papers in order to know the features of the online calculator provided in the CAT exam. 

2) Identify the questions which require the use of a Calculator in CAT 2022

Candidates are advised to not completely rely on the online calculator. Candidates should not use the calculator for basic calculations like a normal addition or subtraction. They can solve these types of problems on their own and it will help them save time. It is advised to learn fast-track calculation techniques to solve the problems quickly. 

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3) Give mocks to understand the features of the online calculator

Solving mock test papers of CAT not only helps to improve the time management skills but also provides an idea about the exam pattern. The mock test papers of CAT will also help get familiar with the CAT online calculator. Candidates can also solve previous years' question papers of CAT to see the calculator provided in the previous years’ edition of the exam.

4) Don’t hesitate to utilize the calculator

It is advised to identify the questions that require calculations quickly. For some of the questions that involve decimal or conversions, inline calculators can be very helpful. One can utilize the online calculator to quickly complete the complex parts and then they can use shortcut techniques to complete the remaining calculations.

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5) Verifying Answers and Ensuring Accuracy

If you are not sure about your answer, you can use the calculator to verify your response. Besides this, if you are not confident about your calculation results, you are advised to verify your answer before selecting marking the answer in the sheet. This will reduce the chances of negative marking and will help you improve your scores.

6) Know short tricks

There are many videos and notes available over the internet that can help you learn shortcut techniques for the CAT exam. You are advised to learn the shortcut tricks and practice at least 9-10 questions using these techniques daily to build a habit of using these tricks. You can also ask for CAT preparation tips from previous years' toppers and the experts. The article provided below will provide you with all the important formulae and tricks for all the important topics of the CAT exam.

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Important Tips and Instructions for Online Calculators in CAT 2022

Go through the points listed below to know some important tips for using the online calculator in CAT 2022.

  • It should be noted that you are not allowed to carry your own calculator in the CAT exam. You can only utilise the onscreen calculator provided in the exam.

  • Not all the questions will be provided with an online calculator. Thus, you are advised to work on improving your calculation speed and problem-solving skills

  • The online calculator provided in the CAT exam will allow you to perform only some basic calculations. A normal calculator will be provided in the exam instead of a scientific one.

  • You can get familiar with the working and features of CAT online calculators by solving mock test papers and sample papers of CAT exam.

  • The working of the onscreen calculator provided in the CAT exam will be the same as that of the normal calculator. You will have to make your entries using the buttons provided on the screen and then the result will be displayed on the calculator window when you submit your entries.

  • You should follow the BODMAS rule when entering a long equation for calculations.

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CAT 2022 Exam Day Instructions

Every aspirant giving CAT 2022 must follow these instructions on the day of the exam.

  • You are advised to reach the examination hall one and a half hours before the allotted time along with your CAT admit card.

  • You should read all the important instructions mentioned on the admit card as well as on the question paper before starting the examination

  • You should not carry any document except the CAT 2022 admit card and ID Proof in the examination hall

  • You can check your CAT 2022 exam centre from the admit card

  • You are advised to follow the instructions provided by the invigilator

  • You are advised to go through the CAT 2022 Dress Code to know what should you wear on the exam day

We hope that we have provided you with all the necessary information regarding the use of online calculators in the CAT exam. If you still have doubts regarding the CAT exam, you can ask your questions on the Collegedekho QnA zone. You can also fill out our Common Application Form or call on our toll-free number 1800-572-9877 for free admission counseling. 

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