MAT exam is round the corner of the week and will be held on 02 September 2018 (Paper Based Test) and 15 September 2018 (Computer Based Test) for the MBA aspirants. With all the MBA Aspirants preparing to crack the MAT Exam with high percentile, it is important to be aware about the complete information that will help you score good scores in the MAT 2018 exams. These tips will help you score a high percentile by making it easier for you to crack 200 questions in the exam.
Take a look at these tips to score 90+ percentile in MAT exam. Let us begin by taking a look at the expected MAT Exam pattern which you will see the exam.
The MAT exam consists of objective type questions. The candidates have to select the correct answer out of the options given. There are 5 sections with 200 questions in total. The duration of MAT exam is 150 minutes or 2 hours 30 minutes and there is as such no sectional time limit which allows candidates to move back and forth between the sections.
The 5 sections in MAT exam pattern are ‘Language Comprehension’ ‘Mathematical Skills’ ‘Data Analysis and sufficiency’ ‘Intelligence and Critical Reasoning’ ‘Indian and Global environment’. Every section has 40 questions each and the scores of ‘The Indian and Global Environment’ are not counted in the final section. The candidates can start the exam with any section of their choice. The total marks of the exam are 200 and the scaled score is given out of 800. Most importantly the MAT exam pattern has remained consistent over the years.
The marking scheme for this test is 1 mark per every correct question and a negative marking of 0.25 marks per every incorrect answer.
MAT exam has a total of 200 marks. Every candidate gets one mark for every correct answer and 0.25 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer. But the score obtained is a composite score, from a total of 800. Scores are calculated on the basis of 4 sections. Hence scoring is done out of a maximum possible score of 160 marks. MAT scores tell you the relative position of the candidate with respect to the other candidates. For example: percentile score of 95 means that there are 95% of candidates below, whose scores are less.
The Composite score is arrived at using the first four sections i.e. Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation and Sufficiency and Reasoning Ability of the test only because these sections relate to specific skills that one acquires over a long period of time. Equal value is given to all these four sections. The scores are defined in a way that a score of about 50 and about 500 on composite scale represent the average performance of that group.
Each section has 40 questions and the level of difficulty varies from section to section. To score good marks the most basic and the most important part is to plan a strategy before starting the test. Basically each and every individual have different levels of intellectual ability.
You might find Quantitative Aptitude easy but can find it difficult to complete the reasoning section. Candidate must start doing the test with the section he feels that he can answer questions with higher accuracy. He must not waste time on thinking and solving some question where he gets stuck as it can make him loose further marks in last sections due to time insufficiency. A candidate must keep a strategy in his mind so that he doesn’t get stuck on some question or on any section. Second most important point to be kept in mind is negative marking for each incorrect answer. If the candidate is not sure about the answer then he must not opt out for hit and try method i.e. he shouldn’t attempt the question he is unsure about as attempting unsure questions may lead to incorrect answers and ultimately negative marking.
The following time division, along with the target scores and the paper difficulty level will surely give adequate time to attempt balanced number of questions from each section, with the possibility of best percentile.
About MAT Exam
Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a standardised test being administered since 1988 to facilitate Business Schools (B-schools) to test candidates for admission to MBA. Government of India, Ministry of HRD approved MAT as a national level test in 2003. Any B-School whether it be national or international can consider MAT scores as an admission input based on the score cards issued to the appearing candidates. It is a largest test of its kind. MAT will continue to be a passport for over 600 B-schools across India.
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