Written ability test (WAT) has emerged as one of the most preferred academic tools for assessing candidate’s potential managerial capabilities. Recently, almost all IIMs and many top ranked B-schools like XLRI, SP Jain, IMT, FORE and MICA, have adopted Written ability test (WAT) over GD to measure the candidate’s standing on various managerial traits. The Written ability test (WAT) has been found to be more valid and reliable method than GD. It was seen that the most vocal candidates scored good marks in group discussion.
All management institutions around the world, including Oxford, Cambridge and Leicester use both direct and indirect methods of academic assessment for selecting candidates. Written ability test (WAT) is a direct method while the CAT Exam is an indirect method. Thus, by adopting Written ability test (WAT) along with CAT, IIMs colleges have upgraded their method of assessment. Written ability test (WAT) and PI rounds are given 50 – 70% weight ages while preparing the final score of candidates for admission. Whereas candidate’s CAT score and work experience are given only 30 -50% weight age.
What is Written ability test (WAT)
Written ability test (WAT) does not test candidate’s proficiency in the language. In fact, it evaluates the candidate’s thinking pattern, attitude, openness, the degree of flexibility and expressiveness. Candidates should present their ideas on the given topic in an organized and coherent manner.
Written ability test (WAT) is a pen and paper based test. A candidate is asked to write an essay on any given topic in 20-25 minutes. An essay should be written with minimum 250- 300 words.
Nature of Topics in Written ability test (WAT)
There are no fixed topics for Written ability test (WAT). However, it is seen that issues related to Indian society, polity, economy, business, commerce, technology, etc. are some of the most preferred topics for Written ability test (WAT) essay test. Besides, some abstract topics are also given to candidates to measure their creativity. But it is suggested that a candidate should remain prepared for any eventuality during the exam. Some unexpected topic can also come with the test.
How to Prepare for Written ability test (WAT)
Students should buy practice sets. Every day they should try to write an essay on any topic. After writing it, they should edit it. Editing should be done on multiple levels. Besides spotting grammatical errors student should also try to think what better could have been written on that topic. Thereafter they should again rewrite that topic. This process should be repeated at least 2-3 times. By following this method, students will be able to make remarkable improvements in their writing skills.
With a little effort in right direction, students can perform well in the Written ability test (WAT) test and get admission in IIM colleges of their choice.