The Management Aptitude Test, commonly known as MAT is to be held in two modes Paper Based Test and Computer Based Test. CBT has been held on Feb 02, 2020, and PBT will be held on Feb 16, 2020.
MAT being a knowledge-based test with objective-type test pattern, will examine your general aptitude across varied parameters such as Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Indian & Global Environment etc.
Hence, MAT preparation calls for carefully devised strategy, which helps you cover maximum topics and score high to get call from good management institutes across the country.
To get a better result, it is good and advisable to start preparing as early as possible. By reading daily newspapers and magazines you can improve your vocabulary in English. Also by watching English news channels, various usage of a particular word can be noted down.
For the other sections, it is important that you practice as many problems as you can.
But it is also important that you don't repeat the mistakes time and again. Once you identify a mistake, you must certainly ensure that you understand the concept thoroughly. In addition to this, you must prepare a timetable to help you allocate your time in the best way possible.
The best method is to be systematic in studies. It would help you make fruitful use of time.
Too much of study, at the same time, will lead to tiredness which will make it difficult for you to cover all the portions but, a small break will help to freshen up your mind.
If you start MAT preparation early, you will get the better result.
It is strictly advisable to follow a step-by-step process:
Clear you basic Math's Concepts
The best way shall be to start practicing from the text books of Class 10 or from the study material provided by the institute who also provide classes for clearing entrance tests. Learn as many formulas as possible and try to develop your own shortcuts.
Work on your vocabulary
Reading a lot and observing how words are used in different contexts will be of great help.
Develop the habit of reading
Newspapers, Magazines and TV can be a great help here as well. Magazines, not necessarily should be on politics, business or anything like that. You can also read a fashion-magazine or sports-magazine or general current affairs magazine for that matter. The basic idea is to develop a reading and comprehending habit.
Reasoning skills can be improved by solving puzzles
Practice a lot. Solving sets of questions within a time frame with concentration could be miraculous. Devoting equal time on each question and section will be of great help as well.
Know your Strength and Weakness
Once you know your strengths and weaknesses go for some full-length tests. Observe how you could improve your score with each passing test.
This is the mantra which most of the students miss out on.
Tackling each Section
For cracking MAT, it is really essential for you attempt and score in each section. It should always be kept in mind that scoring very high in one section and very low in the other will affect your overall percentile. So, to have a balance is very essential.
Here are some tips to help you out:
The quantitative ability of MAT checks your basic knowledge of math and that is why MAT exam has relatively easy math sums as compared to CAT or XAT, except probability and permutations which prove difficult. Generally, the paper can be solved with some patience and a lot of practice
So, as mentioned earlier - stick to basics.
Data Analysis and Sufficiency (DI):
The DI section of MAT consists of conventional data interpretation like graphs and charts with questions based on finding percentage increase or decrease.
This section, in particular, gives you the opportunity to score as high as you can because if you interpret even one table or graph, you can correctly answer 4 to 5 questions following it.
But, you should also be very attentive and careful as the speed breaker questions, most of the times, are in this section only.
Practicing from previous question papers of MAT will be the best way to get an idea of this section.
Like many other MBA Entrance exams, MAT also follows old GRE books, so, it will be a good idea to get a reference from them.
Verbal Ability for MAT:
Verbal Ability section of MAT is pure comprehension.
This is the area of concern for most students while we think it is an opportunity in disguise as this section, like the DI section, will help you score very high.
Once you understand one paragraph, you will be able to answer 4 to 5 questions based on the same Passage. It not only saves time but also gives you a lot of confidence.
Only thing that can help you here is reading and reading a lot.
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