When it comes to competitive examination, most of the students fear of cracking the examination in the first attempt. Management Aptitude Test (MAT) can be a tough nut to crack but rigorous work and a sincere effort will always help. Some students like to start early and some start when the examination is around the corner. You can do whatever works for you, one thing is sure that it is not the amount of time spent but the quality of time that decides the outcome of the examination. With the examination almost around the corner, here are 10 useful last-minute tips that you can implement while preparing for the MAT exam.
The main purpose of MAT examination is to develop and facilitate management as a profession in the country. The examination is conducted four times a year (February, May, September and December) by the All India Management Association (AIMA). The score of the examination will be considered for taking admission in several B-schools or deemed universities for PGDM or MBA.
- Revise Your Notes
Making your own notes on various important topics is vital for any examination. If you have not created notes so far, you can check online for a list of important topics and summary. Download the notes available online and save it on your computer. Go through all the notes that you have downloaded and edit it according to your need. This personalisation of notes will be helpful during the last minute revision before the examination.
- Don't Cram
There is no doubt that you need to be updated with the current affairs for the examination. However, last-minute preparation is not the time to study anything new and detailed topics. Finish all the new topics a couple of days before the examination and last days should be kept only for revision. You can also use this time to solve more sample papers and give mock test.
- Stay Away From Stress
For most students, the day before the examination is full of anxiety and stress However, this is not the time for stress. You have studied hard for the examination for the past few months and now it is the time to prepare for the examination. It is time to relax your mind and stay away from any stressful situation. Eat well and revise important topics before going to sleep.
- Double Check Your Admit Card
Try not to keep everything for the last minute. Double-check for admit cards and other important documents to carry to the examination hall. Download and take a print out of the admit card, verify your personal details, test centre details, reporting and test time. To be on the safe side, take two printouts of the admit card and read carefully all the instructions mentioned on it.
- Get Proper Rest
Before any examination, you should take proper rest because your brain needs it. You should get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep a day before the examination. If you are taking the pen-paper test then give your hand a rest. For the online test, you need to rest your eyes.
- Time Management
Time management is an important aspect of life. You need to be able to manage your time no matter where you are with your preparation schedule. Creating your own time table with the list of topics to study each day will help you monitor your progress. A day before the examination, this list will help you with the revision. If the time is less, revise only the important topics and skip in-depth revision. You have to follow the same at the time of examination as well to attempt all the questions on time.
- Systematic and Selective Approach
Just like time management is a skill to remember while preparing for any competitive examination, you need to follow a systematic and selective approach. To attempt MAT 2019 with confidence, you should follow a trick. Never start working with the questions that you know are going to be difficult for you. Attempting the question paper in decreasing order of your forte will help to boost your morale. Start with the less difficult questions first and then move on to the difficult ones. This will ensure that you're not wasting any time on questions that are taking too long to solve.
- Speed and Accuracy
Remember not to spend more than 2-3 minutes per question. If you get stuck with a question, leave it and move on to the next one and come back to it later. The questions need to be approached with maximum accuracy. Remember, MAT exam has negative marking for wrong answers. Therefore, it is better to be wise.
- Don't Gamble
MAT exam has multiple choice questions and four options given as a possible answer for a question. When you are solving the question, sometimes it could be possible that you manage to zero in on two options and either one could be the right answer. In such cases, it is better to analyse and choose the option rather than gambling. It is also better to skip the question if you are not totally convinced with the answer.
- Confidence is the Key
The last trick to crack any examination is to be confident. All the hard work of preparation and studying will be of no use if you are not calm and confident at the examination centre. Repeat in your mind,"I can do it". If you have a positive mind and you are confident about yourself, no one can stop you from cracking MAT exam. A stressed and vulnerable mind will lead to silly mistakes.
- Be positive and all the best for the MAT exam.
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