# FAQs

## Frequently Asked **Questions**

Logic Academy is not an institution, it is a unique philosophy of learning. We request you to go through the profiles of our TORCHBEARERS – key educators at Logic Academy.

Logic Academy started taking shape when Nishant Patel, Ahmedabad-based author, wrote “Cracking the GMAT” (Wiley Dreamtech Press, New Delhi). “Cracking the GMAT” was published in 2004 and soon topped the charts.

In 2005, the author of “Cracking the GMAT” started coaching aspirants for competitive examinations. Logic Academy started building steam. With a steady stream of tributes to the pedagogy at Logic Academy, it started chugging along.

We at Logic Academy have understood the CAT/GRE/GMAT/CMAT in all aspects. We understand what skills the competitive examination is designed to test and, therefore, understanding what skills the students should hone in order to crack the competitive examination.

A serious CAT/GMAT/GRE or CMAT aspirant would do well to begin preparation by solving a few past CAT/GMAT/GRE papers and have a reasonably accurate idea of what skills does the examination really test and develop the requisite skills. A recent newspaper article revealed that those who were dead serious about the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) of the Indian Institutes of Technology began preparations as early as in Class IX. This is not surprising considering the cut-throat competition. But the JEE is a syllabus-based examination. The CAT is not. Nor is the GMAT or the GRE! A serious CAT aspirant must not touch anything other than actual CAT papers in order to start his preparations. Only then will he have an idea of what skills to develop and hone. The serious CAT or GMAT/GRE aspirant must start meaningful preparation early – preferably as soon as one finishes Class XII – and prepare for long. The early bird catches the worm so long as the early bird stays focused on relevance: actual CAT/GMAT/GRE papers and nothing else till one has solved at least twenty of these.

To sum it up, if you are serious about the CAT/GMAT/GRE/CMAT, start preparation as soon as you are through with Class XII and prepare for not less than three years and that too only on the basis of actual CAT/GMAT/GRE papers.

No way! Once you see an illustration, you would realise that VR is not a test of high-flown English or grammar. It is a matter of sheer logic and calls for reasonably good control over the elements of the English language in order to be able to understand as to what exactly is the question. One does not have to be a don of the English language to crack the CAT. Even a don of the English language could get awfully confused in the VR section whereas someone from the vernacular medium of instruction may be a smash hit at this section if he has the necessary logic skills in place. Want to see? Here is a question that will show the huge difference between Verbal Reasoning and what is commonly understood as the test of English. The question involves picking from the given options the one that best replaces the underlined text: Having the left hand and arm being crippled by a sniper’s bullet during the Vietnam War, John Mc. Ferguson, an American painter, worked by holding the brush in his left hand and guiding its movements with his right. Here are the Options: (1) Having the left hand and arm being crippled by a sniper’s bullet during the Vietnam War (2) Inspite of his left hand and arm being crippled by a sniper’s bullet during the Vietnam War (3) Because there had been a sniper’s bullet during the Vietnam War that crippled his left hand and arm (4) His left hand and arm crippled by a sniper’s bullet during the Vietnam War (5) The left hand and arm being crippled by a sniper’s bullet during the Vietnam War.

See how to crack the above question. See Option 1. If you were having a haircut, it means you wanted to have a haircut. The barber did not force the haircut upon you. If Option 1 were true, this blighter Mac walked up to the sniper and requested him to cripple his arm. How stupid! Option 1 cannot work for this simple logical reason. Go to Option 2. If a father scolds his son for having shaved with his razor in spite of his warning him not to use his razor, whose razor has the son used? The father’s, obviously! So if Mac is painting in spite of his crippled left arm, he should be painting with his left arm. This, however, is not the case. It is the right arm that is doing the painting. The left arm is only holding the brush. So Option 2 is not workable as well. If Option 3 were true, it would mean that Ferguson started painting as a result of the bullet crippling his arm. Had it not been for the bullet injury he would never have painted. So the bullet injury motivated him to paint! How stupid! Option 4 is precise. Option 5 talks about “THE LEFT HAND”. Whose left hand? That is not clear! Why should Ferguson’s right hand guide his left hand if his neighbour’s left arm is crippled, for example?

Aptitude based exams are not designed to test pure mathematical skills of students. The questions on the Quantitative Aptitude section of any competitive exam may look like mathematical questions, but they are not.

On any premier competitive exam, it is extremely rare to find a question where a student can plug in any of the known mathematical formulae and directly get the answer. Quantitative Aptitude is entirely based on common sense, whereas traditional mathematics exams are formula based.

Analysing the past papers of the CAT/GMAT/GRE and other premier competitive examinations has at least told us what the event is – the event is logic. It requires sheer common sense to be able to solve the questions on these exams. Hence, it might not be a wise strategy to base one’s preparations on complex mathematical formulae and fancy tricks. The formulae being employed are very basic in nature. Let us have a look at some of the basics:

1. The area of a circle is π r²

2. The circumference of a circle is 2 π r

3. The area of a regular hexagon is indeed the aggregate of the six equilateral triangles that would be formed if you were to link the centre of this regular hexagon with its vertices

4. The area of a triangle is half the product of its base and its height

5. The area of a rectangle is the product of its length and breadth

6. The square on the hypotenuse (of a right-angled triangle in which one can reasonably hope to see a hypotenuse) is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides (This incidentally is what is known as the Pythagoras Theorem)

It also becomes clear that if you went in with any more formula, these formulae would be not only be of no help but the very act of trying to put them to use may confuse you greatly.