How to Approach NEET Exam 2023? Why do we have to practice NEET-UG tests?
- Diagnose your competence (strengths and weaknesses): after an initial reading of a subject take practice exams → to cope up with the Illusions of Competence.
- To maximize your learning.
- To practice time management.
- To increase the confidence level.
- To desensitize the exam anxiety.
Structure of NEET MCQ (Single Best Choice):
- Stem: Body of the question which contains statements & directions +/- images or data or qualifying words
- Direction: This is the part of the stem which identifies the question or problem to be answered.
- Qualifying words: that helps to narrow down the choices
|Types of the Stem:|
|Positive Stem MCQ|
|Negative Stem MCQ|
- Alternatives or Options: 4 choices arranged in alphabetical order.
- 1 appropriate / Best choice: a key that is the appropriate/best option pertinent to the question.
- 3 of Distractors: plausible keys but inappropriate/less appropriate options pertinent to the question.
- Test writers like to put their best distractors in the first or second position, to catch the unsuspecting, hasty examinee (Judging types take heed)
- Fancy-sounding false answers are inserted into examinations to test your ability to resist seductively complex distractions
How to approach the NEET-UG exam? (Applicable to the real exam & practice)
- Challenge of an exam with a positive attitude and to sustain that attitude throughout the examination process.
- Every question counts: do not skip any MCQs & mark all because there is no negative marking.
- Time Use at practice: Adhere to an organized study schedule from 2 pm to 6 pm daily.
The exam pacing:
- Answer each question in 50 seconds (Time yourself to strictly adhere to a 50-seconds-a-question regimen→ during the exam, keep the same pace you have practiced).
- Reading the question:
- Underline the key terms to focus your attention on the specific issue(s) being questioned when reading the questions.
- Make marginal notes on the question sheet if that helps you to clarify your thinking.
- Qualifying words: Be careful in your interpretation of critical qualifying words such as many, some, none, always, sometimes, never, more, less, best, and least. These words give specific meanings to the question content.
- Marking the OMR:
- Cross-check that the answer space number corresponds to the question number & Be certain to fill in the block correctly.
- Make certain your answer marks fully fill the answer space and do not make stray marks on the answer sheet. (optical scanning equipment might misread these marks as answers).
- Difficult MCQs: Mark the difficult MCQs & allot time, in the end, to go back to rethink difficult items while setting your pace (Do all of the easy questions first & return to the more difficult ones for reconsideration.
- Keep moving and don’t break your concentration & Do not stop to look up answers after each question.
- Answer questions in clusters of 5 or 10 as a minimum (Never attempt to Solve all questions in one go).
- Check your answers only after you have completed a timed group of questions.
- Look at the clock after answering 30 questions (you should have used about 28 min).
- Resist the urge to leave as soon as you have completed all the items & make sure you have answered all the 180 questions.