After the deadly 1918 flu pandemic (Spanish flu), Covid-19 is perhaps the most widespread pandemic. The pandemic is affecting the most vulnerable health systems, economies and education sector the most. In India, the months of exams are considered from March to June of each year. This includes School Terminal Exams, School Board Exams, College / University Exams, and various entrance and competitive exams leading to jobs.
The Pandemic has also sent several competitive entrance exams such as JEE, NEET, etc. for a lottery for which a significant number of students are preparing for two or more years and admissions will be made only after these tests are completed. Job applicants are also severely beaten due to the closure of the company, as its training centers are closed, postponed exams and staying indoors increase anxiety.
We always envy that student who only studied a few hours for the final exams and consistently scored excellent. We discuss how these students seem to navigate without proper effort and decipher that exam. The measures for successful exam cracking are not mysterious. Successful candidates consistently apply a number of constructive approaches with a view to achieving clearly identified outcomes / objectives.
Most competitive exams leading to jobs are a combination of multiple choice and descriptive. Most of these multiple-choice tests also have provisions for negative marking.
The following tips / tricks can help candidates in a multiple choice test situation:
Flip through the questionnaire and rank the questions: As you progress through the questionnaire, start marking the questions as 1,2,3 (category) where 1 is considered easier and 3 is considered more difficult.
Easiest questions first: Start answering the easier questions (Category 1), this will help build confidence and ensure you have secured some brands.
Go to Category 2 questions: Once you have tried all the Category 1 questions, you can now move on to Category 2. When you move on to the Category 2 questions, you may feel that some of the Category 2 questions were actually Category 1. This can happen simply because you are now safe and relaxed.
Manage time and rhythm: A maximum time can be assigned to questions in categories 1 and 2, especially if there is a negative rating. If you have extra time look at some of the category 3 questions otherwise just check the answer above whenever you are in doubt.
Don’t look at any pattern of responses: Even if you answered “C” in your last 4-5 questions, don’t suspect your answer just by coincidence that everyone has the same correct answer.
Don’t look at the options at first: Try to think about the answer before looking at the options. In this way, you can be sure of your answer and avoid confusion.
What if you have more than two probable answers: These questions are very difficult to answer. You can choose either one and then tag such questions as True / False and continue. During the review, you can spend more time on these questions, and by rereading the question and thinking reasonably, you can conclude the correct answer.
Be careful of the words in question that are conclusive: These conclusive terms tend to represent correct or incorrect things, where this is not usually the case. Words like permanently, certainly, entirely, completely and only are absolute. Relative words, as often, generally, appear possibly and could often be more precise.
Convert statements for easy understanding: It is recommended to convert double negatives to single declarations. For example, the term “No Failure” may become “approved” and this may reduce confusion.
Guess with logic: If you must guess (especially if there are no negative marks), discard the option that is too different from the others.
In addition to your test preparation, body language, confidence, and anxiety also play a crucial role in your test performance.
The following are some tips to keep you in the best position:
- Arrive at the test center at least half an hour before reporting time.
- Avoid memorizing at the last moment with friends / colleagues outside the test center
- Some level of anxiety or emotion is natural, don’t panic. Such stimulation is normal and desirable in the sense that it implies that he is ready and alert.
- If you feel excessively nervous, if your heart is beating, if you have butterflies in your stomach, then calm yourself physically paying attention to your breathing. Breathe slowly, rhythmically and deeply.
- Take advantage of all the time allotted for the exam; don’t bother or bother if other people finish early. They may have given up without completing the test.
Article by Shalender Sharma, Director of Education and Skills Development, IPE Global.
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