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Knowledge of Basics Helps Succeed in Management Entrance Tests

Management entrance tests are meant for degree graduates. It is certain that the level of exam difficulty will not be on an excessively high level. Besides, management courses are applied for by students with diverse backgrounds and so the exam must cater to a broad range. Not only is it science and commerce students who wish to pursue management, but also hospitality, healthcare, communications and IT graduates. Something for everybody seems to be the best definition of entrance tests.

AP Goyal Shimla University teaches graduate and postgraduate courses in eight diverse schools that include management and architecture, journalism, law and hospitality. Entrance tests are held in various subject areas like engineering besides management but the preparation strategy would be the same.  The management school at AP Goyal Shimla University conducts MBA, BBA and BCom courses.

Avoid fuss and stress

Carried away by examination fever and irrational worries besides all the tensions, a majority of students worry or pretend to worry, particularly on the eve of examinations! Across the weeks and months of preparation, the stress is gradually building up and reaches a breaking point as the exam date approaches. Conversely, for a well prepared student who has taken the pains to know all the ifs and buts, there is not much to worry about. The intention should be the examination performance with a smile. Perhaps victory is essentially waiting on the battlefield known as the examination hall.

An examination strategy tested across time

At this stage, students are not new to examination reparation, having undergone  fifteen years of testing. An organized study pattern with regular hours of sleep and rest, gentle exercise, adequate nourishment and exposure to media is recommended. Once the basics are in place, everything else will follow. A proper place to study, whether a desk or a room, preferably with a computer and internet, would be an advantage.

Arrange for private copies of books, question papers, notes, audio and video study materials, and keep them like the files are maintained in the offices. If materials are shared with a study group, maintain constant contact with the other members in the group.  Make sure that standards books and authors are being used, as prescribed by the exam authorities. Don’t scatter the materials here and there, but put them on shelves and in drawers. Develop a study timetable, distributing the hours between the study areas. Work more in the mornings rather than the evenings and nights, though many are compelled to do that. The routine daily schedule would decide when study time is available. Those busy with jobs would have to squeeze in available time judiciously.

Don’t study while listening to music or watching videos! Keep drinking water available. Start with the weaker chapters, according to earlier performance. Concentrate on study and do not let the mind wander to other things. Avoid study for longer periods than an hour when a fifteen minute break would be required. Maintain short notes of the lessons studied and record the doubts.

Keep a track of the calendar in terms of the weeks and days left before the examination, like a countdown. Notes made personally are more effective than the market guides or notes developed by friends. Use them all to compare and contrast and combine materials.

Once the difficult chapters are making sense with plenty of practice, it is time to move on to chapters you are comfortable with. Start with the most important chapters that carry the maximum weightage. Make sure that they get a lot of attention in terms of practice. More and more is the solution till you feel confident but make sure it is not a false confidence.

Congrats! The foundation has been laid

In terms of time available, and with reference to the tutorial or classes, a milestone has been reached when one round of preparation is completed. With this skimming through, the entire syllabus is now known. You have obtained a bird’s eye view of the entire landscape of study topics, materials, questions and answers. That in itself is quite an accomplishment and maybe time to celebrate, perhaps with a picnic or party.

After a short break, it is time to launch a second attack, this time aiming for deeper and better understanding of study materials. Go profounder into details and take up those gray areas of confusion that had been noted earlier. Perhaps a second round of collection of materials would provide some fresh ideas and perspectives. Like shopping for new dresses, an additional book or guide arouses interest and curiosity. Two is always better than one, just like it is said about heads, let it apply to books too. Usually, it is a sharing of study materials with friends in the group.

Exam preparation comes finally

Make sure that the syllabus topics have been adequately covered, perhaps discussing with group members. Be committed in the spirit of willingness. Avoid any participation in social activities that might result in loss of concentration now. Get mentally prepared.

An intense exam preparation would involve answering practice question papers and actual question papers of previous years, complete with timings. The questions could be answered together in sequence or individually, keeping a watch on the time. Use cheat sheets for formulae. Get to know the shortcuts. Remain in good physical condition. Keep practicing, stay exposed to the broadcasting, online and print media, be aware of strengths and weaknesses and work responsibly in the exam hall.

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