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  • A dummies guide to ACING the Management Aptitude Test 2013

    SUCCEEDING in CAT may be every young person’s big dream, but it’s the Management Aptitude Test (MAT) conducted by the All India Management Association AIMA that offers a ticket to a corporate career to many more students because its scores are accepted for admission by over 600 B-Schools across the country.

    MAT is held four times a year — February, May, September and December. Candidates who register for MAT have the option of taking either the paper-and pencil test or its online alternative.

    The paper-and-pencil test will be held on February 3, 2013; the online version will be administered from February 9 onwards. If the number of candidates registered for the online test is limited and can be accommodated on a single day, it will be completed on the same day. Though the MAT format is more or less the same as that of the Common Admission Test (CAT), it caters mostly to mid-level institutes.

    “As in any aptitude test, time management is very important when you tackle MAT,” says V. S. Bejoy, Director, Centre for Management Studies (CMS), AIMA. MAT is an objective-type test with multiple-choice answers.

    MAT 2013 Pattern

    Candidates have to answer 200 questions in 150 minutes. The questions are divided into five sections — Language Comprehension (30 minutes), Mathematical Skills (40 minutes), Data Analysis and Sufficiency (35 minutes), Intelligence and Critical Reasoning (30 minutes), and Indian and Global Environment (15 minutes).

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    Very few candidates can answer all the 150 questions in the allotted time, which makes it important for you to focus on questions you feel you can tackle without much difficulty. “All aptitude test questions emphasize both speed and accuracy, so make sure you monitor the time you spend on each question,” Bejoy points out. “Wasting time on complex questions can turn out to be counterproductive.” The academic level of the ‘Mathematical Skills’ section is that of Class X. Refresh your memory by going back to the Class X textbooks and master as many formulas as possible. Candidates should find out what works best for them through repeated practice.

    MAT 2013 Strategies

    The ‘Data Analysis’ section requires graphs and charts to be interpreted, which is a skill you could hone by repeated practice. And there’s no better way of enhancing your vocabulary and reasoning skills than by making reading into a habit and by solving puzzles daily.

    Management experts advocate intelligent reading of books and newspapers to learn about sentence construction and the use of words in different contexts.

    No matter how confident you may appear, it is always good to keep revising.

    If the number of candidates registered for the online test is limited, the exam will be completed in a single day.

    Source: Mail Today