Most of the national level graduation entrance tests like JEE MAIN, NEET, JEE ADV follows MCQ based model. Not only the graduation entrance now most of the job examinations in Govt. and Private organizations recruit using MCQ based tests. Obviously, the syllabus and pattern of each test are different, but the strategy for preparing is almost same in all the cases. As most of the multiple choice based exams have negative markings it’s better to have a predetermined plan to perform well. In the following article, we will share some interesting tips followed by people to perform well.
1) Read and practice regularly
So when you are preparing for a national level exam, first of all, check the syllabus of the test. It’s better to stick to the syllabus only, rather than studying all related topics you think related to the examination. Tests that have general knowledge of the syllabus will be different than general entrance tests. In that case, always keep notes of current events from a newspaper.
Reading topics is very important but also practicing to answer the questions in the examination format helps equally. With regular practice with a model question paper in OMR sheet will help you to gain speed in a real test. Google blank OMR sheet and you will get lots of samples in image search results. For online based tests you can purchase a suitable test series to get acquainted with the pattern.
2) Assign time on the basis of priority of topic
Each test consists of topic based segments and judged accordingly during evaluation of the test. Check previous year question papers to get an idea about each and every section and difficulty of the section. Then assign time according to the difficulty of that section.
Try to attempt the sections in increasing difficulty order to avoid wastage of time and frustration. Also, keep the same mindset while practicing in the home or a coaching center and with time your judgment will be improved.
3) Read the questions carefully
Allocate a particular amount of time before starting the exam to go through the whole question paper. Mark the questions you are very confident about, this will save you some time and make you comfortable during the exam. Don’t waste too much time in this process.
After reviewing the question start filling up the answer, look for small details in individual questions to avoid mistakes. Sometimes examiners set traps in very easy looking questions. In OMR based its impossible to rectify mistakes but online based tests have options to correct answer later.
4) Develop shortcut methods to solve problems
Developing shortcut methods or formulas will be very helpful during solving math problems. In MCQ based tests only right answer matters examiner will not care about the method you have used. Create your own short formulas for solving for different categories of mathematical problems. For unknown problems jump steps as much as possible.
Always validate the formula you have developed with solved questions. Make a list of shortcuts and check them each time you practice.
5) Eliminate options before guessing
There comes a situation when you have to guess an answer to a question. In this situation, you can reduce the chances of error by eliminating options. First read the question and answers carefully, assign priority to all the answer according to the relevance of the question. The start will eliminate last two answers then focus on the other two answer if the question has four answers. It’s always better to avoid this type of situation and only try this trick with a topic you are acquainted with.
6) Leave questions when it consumes more time
Sometimes you start a known problem thinking it will take very less time but start making mistakes and waste a significant amount of time without desired solution. It will be better to leave that problem to be solved at the end and focus on next question. If you lose a lot of time you will start getting nervous and ultimately underperform in the test.
7) Don’t try to answer every question
We all have a target to answer maximum questions to stay ahead of out competitors. In this context most of the time we start guessing answers and end up in a lot of negative markings. So it’s better to avoid this practice, first see if you have answered enough to score pass the cutoff marks. If you are confident about a number of answers after the cutoff threshold risk only a percent of the marks in guessing process.
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