Preparation Tips For Written Ability Test (WAT)

Published on : 1st July 2017    Author : Tanvi Mittal
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The Written Ability Test (WAT) is the recent addition to the final selection process of management courses. An MBA aspirant has to clear the Written Ability Test (WAT) in addition to Group Discussion and Personal Interview for getting admission into a good B-school. Most of the management colleges (including IIMs) have replaced the Group discussion round with the Written Ability Test round.

What is Written Ability Test (WAT)?

Written Ability Test is conducted to analyse the writing skills and clarity of thought process of the candidates. It can be termed as an essay writing test where candidates have to effectively communicate their ideas on a particular topic in a given time frame. The time given for writing the essay varies among different institutes;

Preparation Tips for Written Ability Test

  • IIM Bangalore gives 30 minutes
  • IIM Lucknow gives 15 minutes
  • IIM Ahmedabad gives 10 minutes

The topics for the test are selected from economic, political and business affairs.

The Beginning of Written Ability Test (WAT)

The Xavier School of Management (XLRI), Jamshedpur started this change by introducing essay-writing as a part of its entrance exam, Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT). However, the Written Ability Test was included in the final selection process by the Indian Institutes of Managements (IIMs) in the year 2010. In the year 2013, all IIMs have adopted the WAT as a part of their final selection process for admission in management courses.

Written Ability Test Preparation Tips

Read a Lot

Reading will help in widening your though process and improving your vocabulary. Business and Economic sections of the Newspaper are recommended.

Write a Lot

Practice writing your thoughts in concise and logical manner. Make sure your hand writing is readable. After reading a topic, write your viewpoints about the issue and then analyse.

Manage Time

While writing, focus on time constraint. Write the same topic in different time durations such as 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes and 30 minutes.

Make a Quick Frame

Before writing on any topic, take 2-3 minutes not more to organize your thoughts and line down the ideas mentally. This will give a sense to your write-up.

Take Expert Suggestions

Show your write-up to teachers or someone who can guide you. Work on experts’ suggestions and improve your mistakes.

Along with the score in Written Ability Test and Personal Interview, all IIMs consider past academic records and work experience for admission.

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About the Author: Tanvi Mittal

Former content manager at one of the country’s leading dailies, Tanvi Mittal specialises in academic writing. With two decades of experience and expertise in writing, she is the spearhead of Exams Planner’s content team. Commitment to brilliance and dedication to writing, strategizing and doing extensive research are her biggest passions. With only objective to provide high quality and researched based content, Tanvi constantly thrives to make a difference with her knowledge.

When not working for the betterment of students, she loves to cook and dance. Also, a great orator, Tanvi has participated in several international conferences. She has got her writings published in many journals and penned numerous short stories for kids.



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