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How to Prepare for
There is no magical formula. Only rational considerations
will genuinely help. You would be familiar with most of
those considerations now that you have been writing tests
and examinations for over 12 years ! Some generalizations,
however, are useful to be reminded of. Some are listed below
which are derived from the practical experiences of those
who have gone through similar tests and those who have been
involved in conducted and managing these tests.
Three Golden Hints !!!
The first hint to follow
in preparing for an objective test ( like the Entrance
Test): Donít Cram.
review your subject keenly, thoroughly and with
understanding. Memorizing becomes useful and easier after
understanding the contents under review. Start early when
you have plenty of time and browse at a relaxed pace. Donít
wait until the last few days to start preparing for the test
or asking people to show you a short cut. There are no short
cuts. The more time you give yourself, the more familiar you
will become with the subject matter and better you will feel
about being prepared
practice, and practice solving MCQs as much as you can
( donít be too hard on yourself) The more familiar you are
with the format, better is your grasp on the questions in
the test. Getting to know the question, some say, is half
the battle won. Why not win half the battle before actually
getting in to it? Remember ! skills necessary to beat the
tests develop over time. Allow yourself that time and
Before and During the Test
Get a good nightís rest.
Do not change your eating
habits, if possible.
Do not become interested in
your surroundings during the test.
Do not keep "one eye" on
your friends and the "other" on the invigilator.
Your eyes should be fixed on
the printed page, and your only objective should be to
accomplish your task efficiently, with speed and
Do not become impatient or
discouraged if you cannot start at once effectively -
most of us need a little warm up period for our
concentration to reach peak level.
Be interested in yourself (
not your surroundings and buddies) Self interest leads
to motivation to concentrate; remember, you are working
for yourself and YOUR FUTURE.
Do not rush too much: there
is no prize for finishing early.
People have different views about guessing. But there is
difference between intelligent and calculated guessing and
bluffing. We all tend to guess at most critical of times if
we do not have a ready made answer. You may think of
guessing answers only after you have finished all you could
and left with "donít knows". In this situation you could
guess as long as it is a "calculated" and "educated" guess
and not a wild guess. There are certain hints for positive
guessing which come with practice. Ask your teacher to give
you some practice in the class room. Remember though, you
would be penalized through negative marks if your guess,
wild or calculated, did not work
A Positive Approach to
Answering Questions and Test Taking:
Alongside the hints listed above, a positive, competitive
approach and attitude are qualities of successful
individuals. Hand in hand, however, goes a fund in
knowledge. Nothing succeeds like knowledge of the subject
matter for test taking. Indeed, suggestion on test taking
are all built on knowledge, which is strongly reinforced by
your confidence, being supported by an understanding of the
process involved in the successful answering of the