UFE Quants are one of those places you can get stuck on forever. Especially if you’ve gone wrong somewhere along the way and now you realize it and panic trying to fix it. Oops.
Don’t panic. There is always more to the case than just quants and often the analysis is even more critical than the numbers.
Quants are usually just one indicator or part of an indicator (can take you to a C from an RC), even the ones that seem very important. They should be allotted the appropriate amount of time based on this. It’s easy to take too long on a quant and then not have enough time to tackle another two assurance indicators which don’t need much information from the quant itself. You will, at times, need to just drop working on a quant midway through and move on. Don’t feel bad about this, and as you mark your cases during your study period, you might be surprised how independent the quants are from other indicators.
Always conclude/discuss based on your quant though. Don’t give what-if’s. Stay consistent, even for incomplete quants.
Last point to think about is that markers cannot see your formulas! It is important to both have the actual numbers as well as the logical flow and explanation in your quant. This was mentioned as an issue in the 2011 UFE Report so you’ll need to fix it this year. Always document your quants so markers can understand what you are doing. Just having a number there with no explanation is as good as not having a number there.
Do you get drawn into long quants? How are you planning to avoid it? Tell us in the comments!