MAT Exam 2018 on May 20: Last Minute Exam Tips

MAT Exam 2018 Last Minute Tips
Saturday, May 19 2018, 12:00 PM
On May 20, AIMA will conduct second paper based MAT 2018 May exam from 10AM to 12.30PM and also the computer based May MAT 2018 in different time slots at different test centres. If you have not yet downloaded your MAT 2018 Admit card or have not taken print of the same, please do it now as less than 24 hours are left for your paper based MAT 2018 May exam to begin
Since you have to report to the MAT Test Centre at 8.30AM on May 20, it is advisable to visit your test venue by evening today to know all about the distance and time taken to reach there

Tomorrow on May 20, AIMA will conduct second paper based MAT 2018 May exam from 10AM to 12.30PM and also the computer based May MAT 2018 in different time slots and at different test centres. The first paper based May MAT 2018 was held on May 6, 2018.

If you have not yet downloaded your MAT 2018 Admit card or have not taken print of the same, please do it now as less than 24 hours are left for your paper based MAT 2018 May exam to begin. Since today is the last day before MAT exam day, Since you have to report to the MAT Test Centre at 8.30AM on May 20, it is advisable to visit your test venue by evening today to know all about the distance and time taken to reach there.

On the last day to MAT, the experts and past MAT test takers share the last minute tips which you should adhere to remain cool and calm and be prepared to crack the test with high score.

Even if you appeared in first paper based May MAT 2018 on May 6, you can utilize this opportunity of one more MAT in paper based format on May 20, as AIMA has allowed all the candidates to appear in the second PBT May MAT 2018. The candidates who wish to improve their score in same MAT exam, are also allowed to appear in second PBT May MAT 2018. 

You should get ready for PBT MAT 2018 and follow the step wise expert tips before, during and after the MAT exam.

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Step-1: Keep Ready 3 things to carry on MAT exam day – MAT Admit card, one original ID proof and one black/blue ball point pen – Details are given below:

  • MAT Admit Card is out now-Verify your personal details and the MAT Test Centre details, Test time (10AM to 12.30PM) and Reporting Time (8.30AM) in MAT Admit Card
  • Take 2 Prints of MAT Admit Card and read the instructions on it
  • Do not paste any photo on MAT Admit card. It is not required
  • Keep ready an original photo identity proof like Aadhar Card, Voter Id, Driving Licence among others as mentioned on MAT Admit Card
  • Keep ready one Black or Blue ball point pen. The pen should be of smooth writing type as you will need to fill up the ovals on OMR sheet quickly and a hard writing pen can tear or make hole in OMR sheet while shading the oval.

Step-2: Preparation Related Last Minute Tips

  • Practice with Mock and Analyse your Mistakes
  • Don’t start anything New
  • Quickly Revisit and Revise key topics
  • Download Blank OMR sheets for practice

Step-3: A Day Before MAT Exam Tips (Do’s for Saturday May 19)

  • Gather all the things you need to carry to MAT Test Centre
  • Visit the MAT test centre a day in advance to understand how much time it will take to reach the venue from your place of stay. It will keep you relieved and comfortable on exam day – May 20.

Step-4: Tips for Exam Day – May 20

  • Ensure to carry your Admit card alongwith other documents
  • Arrive at Test Centre by 8.30AM for security check and verification

Step-5: MAT Test Room Tips

  • Manage Time during the exam
  • Don’t bother about GK Section, Concentrate on other scoring sections counted for merit calculation
  • Ensure Speed with Accuracy during the exam. 200 questions are to be solved in 150 minutes
  • Maximise your attempts with a wise choice of questions
  • Ensure that the lower part of your Admit Card is returned by the invigilator after putting his/her signature with date of test and stamp on it.
  • The second May MAT is the last MBA entrance test to get MBA admission in 2018. You need to score high if you wish to get admission in MBA programme in a good MBA college. So avoid making mistakes in choosing the questions, correct answer options and last but not the least in shading the correct ovals on OMR sheet. Sometimes in your hurry you make very small mistakes which cost you dearly.

Step-6: Post Exam Tips

  • Please check that the lower part of MAT Admit card is duly signed with date and stamp by the test invigilator and is returned to you
  • Keep this lower part of MAT Admit Card safe as you will need it after MAT Result Declaration for your MBA/PGDM admission process

Last Minute Tips in detail
Here are the exam related last minute tips in detail. You may find them very useful for your MAT exam:

Practice MAT Mocks and Analyse your Mistakes
MAT Mock tests are available on sites. Attempt MAT Mocks and mark your answers on dummy OMR sheet as it will help you in 2 ways – one that you are able to see the actual type of questions which you will face in MAT May 2018 exam and second that you will be able to understand well on answer marking pattern for MAT May 2018 exam.

An important point you should remember while solving the MAT Mock and checking your MAT percentile after attempting the MAT Mock is to analyse the mistakes that you have made. Take note of these mistakes and make sure they are not repeated. The best way to analyse MAT Mock is to check it section wise and see whether you know the topic and mistake can be avoided with revision. If the topics on which question is based is new to you, do not try to study it fresh now.

More questions for the section in which you are not able to score good enough, should be attempted and more sectional Mocks and past papers should be solved to get high marks in the particular section.

Don’t start Anything New
It will be a waste of time if you start studying something new. It is advisable to devote your time to revise and revisit the major topics that you have already learnt. Do not opt to study anything new on the last day as it may confuse you further. The best way to revise is to do it by writing. It will save your time and energy.

Quickly Revisit and Revise key topics
The weightage to all the sections in MAT exam is equal. If you analyse previous MAT question papers, MAT Mocks, you will find that more questions on following topics frequently appear in MAT exam. You should check how prepared you are for MAT May 2018 exam by going through these topics. MAT exam analysis reveals that questions in all the 4 sections in MAT exam have remained more or less same in past without throwing any surprise element.

Use Blank OMR sheets for practice
Your nearest stationary shop must have blank OMR sheets, buy a few of them. You may also download them from various websites for free. Take their prints and use them to solve MAT Mock tests and previous Mock test papers.

Ensure to carry your Admit card alongwith other documents
You should go through all the instructions on your MAT Admit Card and follow them meticulously. It is clearly stated that you must carry the hard copy of your MAT 2018 Admit Card on the exam day with one original photo ID proof and one black/blue ball point pen.

So don’t forget to carry any of these things while going to appear in the exam.

Arrive at Test Centre by 8.30AM for security check and verification
Check the correct address, location of the test centre a day in advance. Please note that paper based MAT 2018 May exam will be held in a single session from 10AM to 12.30PM. The reporting time at the test centre is 8.30AM. Gates of the test centre will be closed at 9.30AM. Make sure that you reach by 8.30PM on May 20, 2018 to avoid the rush and waiting at the gate.

Manage Time during the exam
Time Management is a big issue in MAT exam. There are 200 questions to be solved in 150 minutes. It is required that you should not waste time and devise the sectional strategy by managing time to attempt each section. Experts suggest a time frame for each section and it is advisable to follow it:

Section no.
Section Subject
Number of questions
Suggested time to solve (In minutes)
1
Language comprehension
40
 25
2
Mathematical skills
40
 40
3
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
40
 35
4
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
40
 40
5
Indian and Global Environment
40
 10
 
Total
200
150

Don’t bother about GK Section, focus on 4 scoring sections
To save your time and energy, there is no need to revise further on GK as it will not be counted to calculate your percentile in MAT May 2018 exam. You need to score high in the first 4 sections in MAT May exam - Quant, English Language Comprehension, Reasoning, Data Interpretation & sufficiency which are also relevant to CAT/XAT/CMAT and other MBA entrance exams.

Score of Indian & Global Environment will not be included in calculation of percentile score in MAT 2018 May exam as per the practice by AIMA.

According to past MAT exam toppers like Ketan Anand, it is not necessary to attempt GK questions. The section is not taken into account to calculate your percentile and merit score.

Speed and Accuracy – Key to High Score
Less than a minute is available to solve a question. On the top of it each question carries a negative marking of ¼ mark in MAT May exam. It requires good time management with speed and accuracy to maximise your attempts and score high in MAT May 2018 exam. If you mark one wrong answer, you will lose the credit for the question and will be imposed a penalty also, pushing you back in score. So the need is to keep a balance between Speed and Accuracy.

Maximise your attempts with a wise choice of questions
It needs the art of skipping the questions which you find difficult or not doable. There is no need to take any question as a challenge as all the answers will carry equal marks in MAT May 2018 exam. You have the liberty to move between the sections as there is no sectional time constraint, so you can maximise the attempts and solve the easier section first moving to the more difficult one.

There are candidates who begin well usually, with the first section in MAT. They consider themselves strong in the section and start from the very first question. They continue solving questions in the same section one after another without realizing that in their zeal to maximise the attempts, they are losing time rapidly. Later on, they have to struggle through a few very tough questions and it may take plenty of their time which may not be available then.

The other sections which you could not attempt so well despite having the guts may cast the penalty of low scoring. So don’t take any question as a challenge and don’t stick to one section only because you have pretty good idea about it.

It is advisable not to waste time, In case you find the question beyond your reach, switch over to next one. You may come back to it, if time permits. If you find that you have zeroed on two answer options and have to choose one of them, give a few seconds to visualize and choose the preferred one. But don’t try to gamble and it will be better to skip the question.

There is no doubt that a well devised preparation strategy for MAT May 2018 exam will lead to better scores giving more admission opportunity in good B-schools. If you have taken care of preparing with conceptual clarity and have made your fundamentals stronger, have gone through properly planned study schedule, have improved well on your weaker areas after identifying them in accordance with MAT Syllabus and MAT exam pattern, you are sure to get a good score in MAT May 2018 exam.

Please note that scoring the top score of 800 in Management Aptitude Test (MAT) may not be very difficult, if you follow what the earlier MAT toppers advise you to do above and make sure that you meticulously prepare the strategy to crack it.

MAT scoring pattern is different from other MBA entrance exams. There are 160 questions divided in 4 sections scores of which are taken into account to calculate your percentile in May MAT 2018 exam. Each question carries maximum 1 raw mark and after scaling your MAT raw score goes up many times. This score is converted to highest composite score of 800. Roughly it means that your 1 question will carry 5 marks in your final composite score. Accordingly 160 marks are converted to 800 marks. On the basis of this score, you will get your percentile.

This year MAT 2018 exam has brought more than earlier admission options and 300 MBA colleges in almost all the prominent cities will accept MAT 2018 May exam scores.

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