How to get most out of your Entrance Test Preparation

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If you work extremely hard to clear your 12th grade/A levels, you are eligible to take different Entrance Tests and you are being told by different seniors (parents teachers elder brothers/sisters etceteras) that Entrance Test is the final hurdle left to meet your career; Pass it and the world is your playground.

With so close to the test that you can count the remaining days on fingertips, it’s time that you change your studying strategies a little. As a friend of mine puts it

“It’s time to do smart work not hard”

I’d modify it a little “It’s time to combine smart work with hard”. I’m here to give you a few Important Tips that would help you take the edge in entrance tests.

Two years you’ve been clearing concepts of different subjects. You have enough knowledge by now that it can help you Pass the Entrance Test with Good marks. It is however required that you compile that knowledge and be systematic with it.”Go through your TEXT BOOKS, for the last time. No need of cramming up all the words in them, just take the main idea of Every Topic of Each chapter. For instance if you are on the “Conservation of Momentum” topic; all you need to know is that if anything from outside doesn’t interfere, momentum would be the same always. The same idea applies to all of your physics and chemistry.

For the numericals, learn every formula in your TEXT BOOK. Don’t waste your time in searching relations from books written by Einstein, just stick to your text books. Since Entrance test is all objective, be wise enough to know, what numericals can be asked to solve. This is to say that no one is going to ask you to solve a three page integral (but if it can be solved in two lines do note that method). Same goes for Mathematics, learn all the formulas by heart (especially for A level students, you won’t be given any formula sheets) and keep in mind the basic procedure to solve every type of question in the TEXT BOOK.

Mathematics however requires some practice anyway.

As they say “Practice makes a man Perfect”, to solve MCQs effectively and efficiently, you are required to have enough practice of them. You might have all the concepts but unless you don’t solve a few thousand MCQs before the test, confusions will attack you from nowhere. Practicing MCQs will help you develop your own techniques of solving them. You will discover different shortcuts and you would not have to waste time in developing methods on the test day.

Recommended books are Pre test, ETEA, SAT guide, and the ones you have.

English being a language, not a subject, cannot be learned in a month, but no need to panic you are still not doomed. Vocabulary is the most important thing with the entrance test. Get the word list from SAT 1 Guide book by Barrons and memories as many words as you can (with meanings). A good method to do this is that you write around 30 words daily on a piece of paper and keep it with you all the time. Keep going through the words throughout the day. In the bathroom, while waiting for a game to load etcetera, whenever you get a spare minute, take out that piece of paper. By night you should be able to recall meanings of at least 25 new words. DONOT take English lightly it can easily give you the leading edge because normally students ignore it and suffer later. Comprehension and Analogies are the two components of English portion of the Entrance test. (For F.Sc students, this will not be your regular comprehension in which the author’s name is asked in the question, and is also given in the text) so do practice.

Guessing is a very bitter truth in solving MCQs. I would not say abandon it totally but be systematic in it as well. For most of the questions if you think a little two out of four options can easily be ruled out hence leaving you with a very good chance of guessing the right answer.

At the end I’d say a much interesting world awaits you.

Are you actually interested in knowing that i'm a sophomore at SMME (we do mechanical engineering there), H-12. Writing might not be my girlfriend but its nothing less so you can expect good stuff coming. I'll let my blogs reveal the rest :)

22 Comments to How to get most out of your Entrance Test Preparation

  1. Noor Malik

    asa Sir your article is very good but still I need some more help.Can u plz recommend some books for medical students..I bought "dogger publishers" but I didn't find it helpful enough!!


  2. @Noor, Well Noor, I tried the E-CAT and Ilmi objectives for F.Sc.

    For English section, SAT comprehension and analogies can be pretty helpful.

    Also try if you can take one or two mock test from any Entrance test preparation academy. They let you master the time and its a good test run.

    May be you can find better entrance test preparation books out there now. 🙂

    Anyway, best of luck!

  3. Abdul Basit

    Thank you for writing this article, this may not be so detailed or capacious (See, I am cramming the Word List) however it is helpful and motivating at the same time. I hope to get in Nust, Wish me Luck.

    P.S Just asking, these MCQ papers which these Academies give you (Global, KIPS) are quite tough. Will the test contain the same type or a bit less tough? Please be specific.

    Thank you!

  4. @Noor. Apologies for the late response apparently comments on my own post are gong to spam *confused*

    Anyhow about books, as Sana stated SAT by Barron is great for English, you just need comprehension and vocabulary for English portion. For vocabulary too if you just stick to word list in SAT 1 by barron that should be more than enough.

    For medical test in general get hold of the book pretest, there are also a few questions on error detection in English section for most of the medical entrance tests, you can practice them in pretest.

    P.S Glad to see not only my students call me sir 🙂

  5. @Basit you are at good pace already on word list 4. For your query the test won't be as easy as projected in ETEA or Ilmi etc and it won't be totally alien to you. I haven't gone through the MCQs in notes you have mentioned but generally speaking in the actual test some would be just too easy a large portion of MCQs would require good concepts and the few left are going to give you a hard time. I'd suggest you do the easy ones first, then ponder on the average questions and leave the extremely hard for guesses.

    P.S The word "Capacious" was in PIEAS' test. 😉

  6. Azeem Haider

    Thanks for the post.. writing might not be yours girlfriend but reading is mine…!! so thanks for those words… 

  7. princess umera

    sir plz tell me abt books for entry test preperation of medical clgs… i need it badly plz… plz try to ansr as soon as possible…

  8. Anyone can guide me Abt B.Arch in Lahore? I’m an over sea student! Do i need to give sat for Archiecture? For Nca, Bnu, Comsats and Punjab?

    • sir can you give me guide line, ma b.arch nca main admssion lana cahata ho entry test ki prepration kis tarha kro ma ne diploma (civil) kia hoa ha, so plz give me guide line

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