Its that time of the year when certain individuals are worthy of far more respect and a share of humbleness as opposed to others for ‘living hell’ aptly describes what they experience during this period. Yes, I speak of the ones appearing in the sacred entry tests which hold a credibility of 75% in the system endorsed by the authorities in selecting pupil. NUST enjoys being at the pinnacle of the pyramid, which means you need nothing more than a lens that magnifies the procedure so as to let you grasp the abc of it all. I hope this read acts as one and serves you well. For you see, you all are in that state of body and mind, where arbitrary google searches and reading the news or tuning into local news channels for that matter can turn out to be lethal, bearing in mind how calculated your every second is.
Allow me to enlighten you with the big picture; upon reaching your center and settling in your numbered position, you receive a handbook that is filled with a series of multiple choice questions (a.k.a mcq’s) that are divided into four sections, English being the common ground for all disciplines. Depending on your choice of discipline, there are different categories of these booklets. There are the ones for the engineering students, those for medical ones, and separate ones for architecture and business students. When enquired at the beginning which one to raise your hand for, you opt for them on the basis of the sections as described below;
|Medical Students||Physics, Chemistry, English, Biology|
|Engineering/Bs Mathematics students||Physics, Chemistry/Computer Science, English, Mathematics|
|Architecture students||Physics, Mathematics, English Comprehension, Cognitive and Aptitude|
|Business students||English and Mathematics. (quantitative, verbal and intelligence as they put it)|
For percentage distribution, visit this link It is significant to note that each subject should carry immense importance in your eyes. Do not deceive yourself into thinking that by doing well in the subject with more weight-age you stand a better chance of scoring high.
It is vital that while these booklets are being distributed, you at least glance through the list of instructions inscribed on the front page first, to guarantee you haven’t missed out any recent addition that you might be unaware of. By doing so, you can rid yourself from the risk of ruining your career by silly mistakes that might haunt you forever.
Moving on, the pattern comprises of nothing but the mcqs for some three hours. Come mentally prepared to devote a wise amount of time for each section. Then the question arises as to how to go about the test that would ensure a score sufficient enough to get you through with the admission process. Many would concur that time management is a crucial weapon at this stage, hence don’t pace yourself to an extent that careless mistakes turn into an obstacle between you and your success, however, do not get bogged down on any question as well. ‘Aim for the questions you do well on’ is a phrase you must be conscious of like the back of your hand.
You are given the liberty to skip back and forth between the questions and for this splendid reason you can always come back for the ones you couldn’t manage to solve the first time, after having completed the ones you are a hundred percent sure of. It stops you from making your answer sheet look like the map of Interior Lahore and the time spent on erasing your shadings can be adjusted to a better use. All you require is to keep your third eye open whilst marking your answers. Realize that incorrect shading is synonymous to a crime for which you’d definitely have to pay a heart aching price. Be as careful as a surgeon when operating. The final judge is a machine that can interpret your stray marks as willful attempts, so watch your step! Bluff your mind into perceiving the answer sheet as a holy certificate, for which ‘daagh tu achey hotey hein’ stands inaccurate.
The level of difficulty is said to increase from easy to medium to hard as the numbers ascend, thus play your percentages well. Make educated guesses for whenever you can eliminate one or more of your answers and fill your sheet away. You are a grown up now, start acting mature! There won’t be any negative marking anyway, so consider yourself blessed.
For the English portion, remember you need to read the sentences properly! All your senses are to be devoured by the paper, and nothing but the paper. Go with a fresh mind and voila! In mathematics and other science subjects, forget groping for your calculator for basic calculations. Feed both your time and nerves with balance.
Despite all this, remain in a relaxed state of mind. Don’t let anxiety overrun your thoughts and let you down. It’s going to be exactly from what you prepared from and all those years of practice would undeniably pay off. Therefore, worrying should be at the bottom of your list of priorities, “focus” being at the top. See you in NUST! =]
courtesy: Barron’s SAT, Dogar’s ECAT and Google Images.