MAT 2024 Preparation Tips for Language Comprehension & Verbal Ability

Management Aptitude Test 2024 ( MAT )

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MAT Reading Comprehension is easy but requires long term preparation. Read this article to know how to prepare for MAT Language Comprehension and Verbal Ability section. Get key tips to improve reading and English grammar for MAT 2024.

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MAT Language Comprehension and Verbal Ability preparation is mainly about having a good control over the English Language and grammar. This section aims to test language comprehension, vocabulary and verbal ability of the candidates. It has 40 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) from Verbal Ability, Vocabulary, English Grammar and Reading Comprehension.

To prepare for Language Comprehension and Verbal Ability section of MAT 2024, you must focus on improving English comprehension and vocabulary. One of the best ways to expand vocabulary is by developing the habit of reading books and novels.

Read diverse kinds of English books and magazines to learn new words and idioms. Everytime you come across a new word or idiom, check its meaning, etymology, antonym and synonyms. The habit of reading will be helpful in cracking Reading Comprehension (RC) passages too. Reading books on daily basis is helpful in developing speed in reading long paragraphs without missing context or important facts. 

Additionally, practice previous years’ MAT question papers and sample papers to check English proficiency. The Reading Comprehension passages of MAT exam are inference based. The questions asked in the exam test the candidate’s conceptual clarity with respect to fundamentals of English comprehension. You need to have the practice of quick reading and spotting the answer. In this article, we will discuss MAT 2024 preparation strategy for Language Comprehension and Verbal Ability.

MAT Exam Preparation 2024: Language Comprehension & Verbal Ability Topics

To make a MAT preparation plan for English, know the important topics of focus. Questions in MAT Language Comprehension and Verbal Ability section are based on the following topics:

  1. Word analogies
  2. Vocabulary with questions on antonyms and synonyms
  3. Rearranging sentences
  4. Reading comprehension
  5. Sentence completion

Unlike CAT, the MAT is not dominated by RC passages. It has a good mix of both Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability. So, you will need to focus on both parts equally. 

Best Books for MAT Preparation: Language Comprehension and Verbal Ability

To prepare for the MAT exam, one needs to study from the right books. Check below some MAT books for Language Comprehension and Verbal Ability for exam preparation:

MAT preparation books

Publishers/ Authors

How to prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT

McGraw Hill

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT

Pearson

High School English Grammar

Wren and Martin

Mastering for Verbal Ability for CAT

Arihant Publication

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MAT Preparation Tips for Reading Comprehension

In the Reading Comprehension section of MAT exam, there are usually five passages comprising four questions each. MAT Reading Comprehension passages are short (300-500 words approximately) and they contain direct questions based on the given passages. All the passages are more or less easy to moderate in terms of difficulty. One needs to practice passages from various areas like history, sociology, and science & technology, etc. for MAT. Focus on the following three key aspects to upgrade skills for Reading Comprehension section.

1. Content Knowledge - This is gained purely by reading informative books, articles and passages. Read on diverse topics. The more you read, the more you gain knowledge. Devote one hour to reading every day.
2. Strategic Knowledge - It is not simply about reading. You need to make inferences while reading. This is critical because the questions of Reading Comprehension topics are based on inferential data. 
3. Cognitive Knowledge - Develop the ability to grasp arguments, hidden meanings, word play, statements & conclusions, theme and structure of the passage to be able to answer Reading Comprehension questions correctly.

MAT Preparation Tips for Verbal Ability

In the Verbal Ability section of MAT 2024, most of the questions will be related to the essence of the passage or the logical flow of the passage. To crack this section of MAT exam, break the passages into three parts – conclusion, facts and assumptions. Rephrase passages into simple words to understand the essence. This will help in weeding out confusing statements and irrelevant data.

Vocabulary

The questions on vocabulary usage are based on finding the synonyms, antonyms, meaning of idioms and phrases, one word substitution, similar sounding word and fill in the blanks. The level of difficulty of vocabulary-based questions is usually moderate.

Sentence Rearrangement & Completion

In order to attempt all the sentence rearrangement questions correctly, one should focus on the flow of the argument. It is important that MAT test takers understand the context and be aware of the meanings of the options provided in the test.

MAT Mock Tests

Practising MAT mock tests and sample questions from Language Comprehension and Verbal Ability section is critical to MAT preparation as it helps you assess your strengths and weaknesses thereby guiding you in modifying your preparation plan if required. Your hold on Vocabulary, Verbal Reasoning and Grammar will improve only by practicing sample questions. Mock test series and sample questions are a good source of improving performance in RC passages. Time-bound MAT mock tests, will provide you practice of reading 500-word passages in short time without missing out on important points.

MAT exam does not have sectional time-limit, but for a better time management, we recommend that students invest not more than 30 minutes on Language Comprehension and Verbal Ability section. In comparison to CAT, XAT and SNAP, MAT is easier to crack if you follow a strategy focused on scoring maximum marks. Practice of MAT mock test is highly recommended because then the MAT exam will be just another mock test for you.

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Last but not the least, any exam mainly checks student's memory and ability to retain information. Thus, the greater the power to recall information, the better are the chances to score high in the exam. For this, we recommend playing brain teasers and memory booster games based on English vocabulary and grammar in your leisure time to help you exercise your brain muscles. These games are easily available on the internet.

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