The Management Aptitude Test is a standardized test that is taken by students all over the country. The score of this exam is one of the factors taken into consideration by management institutions in India for granting admission into any management course. Students with a valid Bachelor’s degree or student in the final year of their Bachelor’s course can appear for this exam. There are two options available for taking the exam: paper based and computer based.
So if you’re gearing up to study for the MAT, here are a few study tips to help you study efficiently:
There are five main sections in the exam:
- Language Comprehension
- Mathematical Skills
- Data Analysis and Sufficiency
- Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
- Indian and Global Environment
In the beginning of your exam preparation, you need to create a strategy for each of these sections. The best way is to create a study schedule that helps you to cover each topic in detail.
Learn and Apply
Just remembering the study material is not enough. Learning the study material and knowing how to apply those concepts in the exam is just as important. The exam does not focus on regurgitating information. It will test how well each student can apply theoretical concepts to problems.
To create study notes while preparing for the exam means spending extra 30-45 minutes after each section you have read. Even though it seems a little time consuming, at the end, the study notes will become your lifesaver. In the week leading up to the exam, you don’t have time to flip through each and every book. Proper study notes can help you revise the entire material in less amount of time.
Many students underrate the importance of full-length mock exams. These exams are the closest simulators of the real MAT exam. The exams are helpful to see how well you do under pressure. These exams are also a good way to check your strong and weak areas of study.
Students get 2.5 hours to solve the 200 questions in this exam. This means students get a little over a minute to solve each question. In this scenario, if a student has practised solving questions under timed conditions, they will be able to do well in the exam. Easy questions can be solved quickly so that more time can be allocated to the difficult questions.
If you have just finished your bachelor’s course you might not need an exam preparation course for the MAT. However, a prep course can help you study more efficiently by providing access to extra study materials and experienced teachers. Such a course can prove to be a little expensive but the guidance they provide is invaluable. To study among your peers is also a good motivator to work hard and perform well in the exam.
Hundreds of students appear for the MAT each year. Despite the difficulty level, it is possible to get a good score in the exam with hard work and determination. Start preparing well in advance of your exam date to make sure you give your best.