With the latest declaration by the Joint Admission Board (JAB) that JEE Advanced will be conducted online from the upcoming 2018 session. This move is a welcome change which was anticipated since long. The main reason of making the JEE online is to curb the malpractices, make the exam less predictable, and make the evaluation fair and transparent at the same time.
But as discussed in our previous article title Side Effects of Online JEE Advanced, this move is very much potent of causing unrest among students. Many experts speculate that online JEE would be tough for students from rural backgrounds to tackle, it would bring a natural disadvantage to learners who are not highly proficient in computers and the internet. HT has also cited that a large number of JEE Advanced aspirants hail from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities where the internet and computer penetration is very limited. Although it is not worth worrying, students should realize that it is important to train themselves as per the new examination pattern.
So, what are the threats?
The biggest threat to a serious JEE aspirant is adaptation to the new pattern. After going online, many changes are expected in the JEE pattern. For example, students cannot mark questions into categories for attempting later which they could easily do in the pen-paper based JEE format.
Apart from that, refreshing the window, closing the browser, or temporary failure of intranet may cause worry to the students especially if he/she has not attempted such exams earlier. Thus, it is very important to check if your preparation is consistent with the new pattern.
How to prepare for online exam?
To equip yourself for online JEE, right examination preparation strategy means solid concepts as well as exam readiness. While hard-work and dedication are the recipe for good concepts, smart work is the key for exam readiness. It is important to take mock tests seriously and practice on simulated JEE-like conditions. You need to practice each concept specifically as well as full-tests for comprehensive planning and it should be done preferably online.
The various benefits of online practice for JEE are.
Online learning portal analyses the performance of a test-taker in each chapter and question types. Performance data and analytics are automated through online tests. Learning platforms like myPAT keep an account of its’ test takers’ strengths and weaknesses to keep report their performance comprehensively.
- Huge series of tests
Online or Computer based platform can scale up to a huge number of tests. More the test taker practices over myPAT, better are his/her competencies evaluated through the platform. At many instances, the analysis done by peers or teachers are prone to human errors as these are based on intuition wherein students do not get correct feedback and analysis.
Online learning is highly scalable and thus cost beneficial for learners. myPAT tests cost the learners lesser than the stationary. Also, the detailed insights provided over the website are highly precise which otherwise would cost a learner very high in terms of specialized counseling.
Another benefit offered by e-learning and online test preparation is the asynchronous nature of learning wherein a test taker can attempt at his/her own comfort.
- Insights for preparation
myPAT tools, if used properly and regularly, offer students highly crucial assistance for study. These insights help students strategize their study i.e. chapters and topics to study on priority.
Read more on our blog titled JEE preparation through online learning.
How can students lose marks?
A thorough analysis of all the scenarios where one loses marks yields a few reasons for losing marks:
- Careless mistakes/complacency: These mistakes are a result of over-confidence or tendency to skip steps.
- Inadequate conceptual knowledge: For avoiding losing out marks in this manner, a test taker needs to be well-aware of his strengths and weaknesses.
- Lack of simulated practice: Failing to do enough mock practice deprives students of speed, exam practice and temperament. Exam readiness needs to be honed through timed rehearsals and practice. Maintaining concentration and stamina for a long time is very important and not having the same leads to mistakes and loss of marks.
- Lack of computer based practice: As mentioned earlier, computer based tests can make students anxious if there is a temporary failure in network or computer browser or other hardware. Thus, students are required to do ample practice in advance and hold their nerves in such contingencies, students should realize that these tests are fool proof and no loss of score or marks occurs. But, if students get nervous, they are likely to commit mistakes.
Read more on our blog titled Tips for JEE aspirants: How to utilize the time in summer breaks.
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