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Tips to Prepare for Writing Ability Test

Published On: 24 Jan 2013 | Last Updated On: 24 Jan 2013

Most IIMs believe that GDs most often proved ‘might is right’. With a motive to offer equitable platform to management aspirants to demonstrate their communication skills, they have now switched to WAT or the Writing Ability Test.  In fact, essay writing has become one of the vital processes for admissions carrying a minimum weightage of 30% for the final selection of candidates.  

What does WAT assess?

As the name suggests, WAT assess the writing skills of the candidate through essay writing. But it is not just that simple. You will have to write the essay with severe time constraints. While IIM Bangalore is generous to allow 30 minutes to put down your thoughts, IIM Ahmedabad will give you as little as 10 minutes! So remember to sharpen your writing and time management skills.

So, how do you prepare for WAT?

The essay you write will give the panel a valuable insight of your mind. Management schools use essay writing as a pre-interview yardstick to assess you on clarity, logic, focus, structure and argument. You will have to present these skills in just 10 minutes! Worried?  Below are a few tips you could use to crack WAT successfully:

  • Expand your knowledge base:

The first and foremost step in preparing for any entrance exam or an interview is to expand your knowledge base. Know your subject well and keep yourself updated with the current affairs. This will give you substantial information to write on the topic given.

  • Write frequently:

In order to communicate the knowledge you have, you should improve your writing abilities. Writing frequently on some of the current affairs topic will not only boost your confidence, but will also help in improving your vocabulary and language. If your language and vocabulary is not equipped to represent your knowledge, your test could turn out to be a puzzle to the examiner who has no time to sit and analyze what you may be trying to say.

  • Structure your essay:

Whether or not you have sufficient knowledge of the given topic, always remember to structure your essay to give it a logical flow. You are not expected to know everything, but by structuring your essay you will show the examiner that you are meticulous in your approach. Structuring the essay will reflect on the clarity of your thoughts, which is one of the important factors you will be assessed on.  

  • Make your writing interesting:

By this we do not mean you should use exhaustive vocabulary or language that is difficult to understand. Remember that the examiner will be reading hundred other essays and you will have to create an impact through your writing. To make your essay interesting, give it a fresh perspective. Be specific and avoid predictable, generic and clichéd writing. Do not simple state your point of view. Develop your main idea with a few facts, events, interesting observations and reasons.

  • Manage your time:

Remember, you are given very limited time to put down your thoughts. Spend the first few minutes on understanding the given topic and then structure your essay. Make sure you leave a couple of minutes at least at the end to review what you have written. Check for grammatical errors, punctuations, syntax, flow of thoughts and expressions used. Having said that, do not change too many things in the last minute. Make sure you present your essay in a legible.

All the Best!

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