5 Tips for Passing Entrance Exams

by | Nov 22, 2021 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

At some point in this life, most people will have to take an entrance exam. Colleges and universities use these exams to screen applicants, high schools use them for enrollment purposes, and employers even assess potential employees. Passing these exams can be stressful, but with the proper preparation, it’s not impossible. In this blog post, we’ll give you five tips that will help you pass your next entrance exam.

1. Create a Practical Study Plan

First, you’ll need to figure out how much time is left before your exam begins. If there’s not that much time, it might be a good idea to hire a tutor, but if you have some extra time, we recommend creating a plan and following it. You have to use your own discretion here. For example, if you are a medical student you might want to consider MCAT tutoring whereas you might want to take a review course if you are planning to take the SAT. First, list all the subjects covered in the entrance exam and order them from easiest to hardest. If you need to, ask someone who took the exam before for advice on what they think is important and how the test is structured; we’ve found that most people are happy to share this information with you. Now that you know which subjects will be covered and in what order, set goals for each subject, like ‘I will master the vocabulary questions in Math by next week.’ Then, map out a study schedule, so you know which day you’ll be studying each subject. Don’t forget to give yourself one or two days for relaxation and reflection before the exam.

2. Know your Strength and Weakness

Exams are meant to be challenging, and it’s improbable that you’ll ace them without any preparation. The trouble starts when people don’t know what to improve on or ignore their weaknesses for too long. For instance, if you never studied the vocabulary in Math and English classes but always got good grades, there’s a chance that these subjects will be the easiest for you, and you’ll probably excel at them. Make a list of all your strong and weak subjects and then determine which ones will be most important to pass the exam; we recommend focusing on these subjects first, as our time is limited and we can’t improve on every subject.

3. Read the Questions Cautiously

When taking an entrance exam, most of the questions will be multiple choice. Reading these questions can be tricky, so you’ll need to read them carefully. Make sure you fully understand the question before you pick an answer; if there are five possible answers, don’t choose the first one that seems fitting because it might not be what the test makers were looking for. If you’re not sure about a question, try to rephrase it in your head and see if that changes the answer; sometimes, the answers to these questions can be phrased multiple ways. Also, never choose an answer just because you’re convinced this is the right one; try to reason out each possible solution and then pick the one that makes the most sense to you.

4. Practice Previous Year Papers

Another effective way to prepare for an entrance exam is by practicing with previous year papers. If you were unsure about the best way to approach a question in class, now’s your chance to see how it was done before and practice as much as you need to feel confident about this subject. Oftentimes, the prior year’s exams are published in full or at least partially to help prospects get an idea of what to expect. 

5. Use Fewer Books for Theory Subjects

Many people prefer to use many different practice books before an exam, but this can be counterproductive. First, it’s usually better to use one book for each subject and ask the author or another student if you’re unsure about anything. Second, students need to understand concepts before they can practice them; if you memorize every answer in a practice book without understanding the material, you would have been better off reading one page of knowledge.

Conclusion

Exams are a part of everyday life, and nobody escapes them. It can sometimes seem intimidating to have to take an entrance exam, but with the right attitude and preparation, you’ll do just fine. Before you know it, you’ll be a college student gearing up for another new challenge that will help you grow as a person.

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