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Get ready for the entrance season

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April 11, 2011
For Pre-University students, who have just completed their all-important board examinations, the world is bound to suddenly appear seamless. With so many options ahead of them and important choices to make in the months that lie ahead, it seems like testing times are far from over.
 
However, for a large section of students, the exam season has just gathered momentum. We're talking of thousands of professional course aspirants - several arts/commerce courses too hold entrances but they are not as much of a rage- who will in the coming month-and-a-half sit for a series of entrance examinations.

Even the confident ones (who are not thinking of backup options one, two and three) have at least half-a-dozen exams ahead of them. What with the IIT-JEE, the All Indian Engineering Entrance Exam (on May 1), the State CET (for the government quota) and the UGET (for the private quota to many of those brand colleges) being the staple set. You may feel interested to read about IIT-JEE Vs AIEEE: Top Differences.

Add to this the more specialized ones, such as NEST for the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research, those of the Indian Institutes of Information Technology and various other State entrances and deemed university exams, and the list is exhaustive.

Having just written the PU examination (or equivalent 12th Standard board examination), the concepts are fresh in your mind, so now all you have to do is go ahead and apply them to the format that each entrance test demands, explains Jyothsna Raghuraman, a teacher at a leading coaching institute. She says, "All you need is systematic practice and solving as many papers as possible."

For most State entrances, your 12th Standard syllabus is more than enough - the rest of the battle lies in gaining speed, being familiar with short questions, learning how to identify the less time-consuming ones and learning the short-cuts to solving the mathematic problems.

Once all the topics are covered well, is the time to start identifying patterns in how you answer the test. Coaching centers, teachers or even your parents can help you do so by timing your sessions, pointing out what kind of questions you're constantly doing badly with and what are the subjects that you need more brushing up on.

Source: The Hindu