MAT Prep Class: Is it worth it?

Every student feels the money crunch when it comes to education.  Tuition, fees, books, and more add up and can feel like a burden.  With this thought in mind, the question may come up about an MAT Prep Class and whether it is worth taking to improve your scores.

What can an MAT Prep class do for me?

First, let’s look at the benefits of a class for this type of exam.  One thing is that you will have outside support from the instructor and potential classmates who can not only understand the pressure you are under but commiserate with you in the leadup to your exam day.  Additionally, you will have a set schedule and timetable to follow and have a bit more accountability when making your study time.  When you are studying on your own, it is very easy to find many other things to do and to let the urgency of test prep fade into the background, the structure of a class may be what you need to stay focused.  One last thing to remember is that the course will be structured around all aspects of the exam so if you are weak on one part, you will get focused attention for that area.  If you are not sure about the range and depth, you will get support for that as well.  In all, the structure and focus will be beneficial in your test preparation process.

What should I consider?

As with all endeavors that will make demands on your time, you should consider the pace of the class and meeting times, if on a regular meeting schedule. Some classes involve being in a classroom or virtual classroom at a particular time which may or may not be convenient for you.  Also, does the class run too dearly before your exam in which case the information may get a little cold?  Or does it run too closely into the time you have scheduled your exam?  These are all things to consider.
The other thing to consider is the cost of the class.  This will vary by offering institution and will need to be factored into your academic budget.

How important is it that I maximize my score?

This question is tricky.  For some students, they need a passable “average” score to put into their application package.  For others, they may need to distinguish themselves if the program they are applying for is highly competitive.  

It is also important to note that while you are able to take the MAT more than once, it might not be advisable to do so too quickly or too often.  You want to do your best for the initial test, barring extenuating circumstances.

If you are still on the fence about taking an MAT Prep class, take a look at some free MAT resources found online and see if those help before committing the time and money into a class.  Remember, though, anything you do to focus your efforts on improving your exam score will help!