WAT or as it is deciphered, Written Ability Test, forms an integral part of the final stage of the MBA entrance exam at a lot of colleges and universities despite of being a recent addition. Though it does not form the main part of the entrance exam CAT, it is used for the final stage selection and screening by the colleges that call successful candidates for interview. The main component of WAT comprises of writing an essay just like any other test of English as a language. The differences lie in the constraint of time and space wherein the candidate is required to write about 200-400 words within 20-30 minutes. For those who have a flair for writing, this would be an apt opportunity to gain a competitive edge over others, whilst those, with no experience need to be ascertained about their approach.
Through this article, we aim to bring forward a few suggestions that can prove to be helpful and worthy in making you clear the final stage of getting through one of the top MBA colleges in India.
The most important parameters observed in WAT revolve around the ability of an individual to develop critical thinking and also the art of expressing the thoughts and ideas by formulating them in a relevant manner. The response needs to be appropriate and the reader should be able to verify the basis on which your essay is based. This calls for a practice through which one can learn to quickly develop the structure of the essay. The suggested structure should follow the following outline:
Introduction: The most important part of the essay is its introduction and it falls under the fact that the first impression is the last impression. The introduction that you develop for the essay should have the thesis statement that highlights the issue being discussed in the following paragraphs. At the same time, it is important to generate as much interest as possible within the first paragraph itself so that the readers are curious and intrigued to know what follows next. In order to make your essay look interesting, you can go ahead and add a story to it so that there is a clear meaning with ample amount of element that can hook even a high school student. The introduction needs to be precise, interesting, and relevant that makes you look intelligent and smart.
Body: Once you have an interesting start, the reader would expect an even more interesting body from you. The overall word count of the essay can be divided strategically in order to provide the essay with a body of about 1 or 2 paragraphs. The most important factor of consideration here is to avoid missing the link and maintain the flow from the start to the end. The body of your essay should follow the introduction given by you and it should fall in sync till the end so that conclusion does not stand out on it own. If possible, add examples and real life incidents to make your essay look more polished and keep a check on the words that you use. It is also essential to check for any errors including grammatical mistakes and the spellings that might lead to serious loss of marks.
Conclusion: The final stage of your essay is the conclusion part that defines the thesis statement, which has been taken forward in the explanation. It is important that you refrain from introduction any new element here. You need to stay focused at what you have already discussed in the above paragraphs and add a line or two about how the existing scenario can be improved.
The important techniques that can help you score over others include your ability to use effective language and good vocabulary. This can be achieved through regular reading and a lot of reading. Through a vast pool of essays on several issues you can gain knowledge, enhance your hold on various political, social, and economic issues, and also improve your general knowledge that can be helpful during the interview. It is also advised that you practice writing the essay under the conditions similar to the real exam.
A potent combination of the skills and in-depth knowledge of the current issues combined with some practice will definitely help you sail through the last stage of getting into a reputed B-School of your choice!
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