The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) stage 2 is just around the corner. The exam was postponed as coronavirus took over. But now it's finally happening on the 14th of February 2021. Qualifier it's time to get out of the confusion and gear up, get into the beast mode and crack the exam.
With two months in hand, it's really important to define a strategy, build a pattern and work on it every day till the exam so that exam day just feels like another day to us.
Firstly, it is extremely important to know your exam and it's pattern. There are a hundred questions in both MAT and SAT, 120 minutes for each paper, no negative marking. This makes it important to mark an answer, make a calculative guess even if we don't know the answer.
NCERT IS THE BIBLE
Seeing the past paper we can predict that social science questions won't slip out of the book. It is seen that 40 questions from SST, 35 are expected to be from the NCERT. Not just for social science, for maths and science also it is recommended to least do the class 9th and 10th NCERT, but since stage two papers are more application based few important topics from class 11th and 12th books should be done. Get a hang of HOTS Questions and Exemplar. RS Aggarwal is a good book for Maths, it also helps for MAT. Tata Mcgraw Hill is recommended for MAT.
ATTEMPT MOCK PAPERS AND KNOW YOUR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESS
It is recommended to at least do five mock papers and then do all the previous years papers. Papers from the last five years should be done in the same exam format in a test-taking environment. This allows us to get familiar and helps us build a strategy. On the test day, you will know in both the test what type to attend and whatnot, which subject to do first and what after that. It is generally recommended in MAT to not start sequence and series based questions. Instead of direct formula based questions should be taken up. For SAT start with SST and chemistry, they are memory based on what you learned.
TAKE HELP IF NEEDED AND REVISE EVERY NOW AND THEN
If you are stuck at some point or have confusion and you have not opted for any coaching, you can always take help of your school teachers and friends. It is really important to ask and clear things. Also, it is very important to go through what you have learned every weekend.
STAY CALM, EXERCISE & REMAIN FIT
Try to focus your breath, exercise or meditate every day to stay focused. Have a proper sleep cycle and maintain food consumption. All of this will help you stay active and productive.
Author: Shirin Tarachandani