To clear IIT-JEE and NEET, along with good speed to solve questions, it’s also important that you maintain the accuracy in the exam. Let’s see some of the ways you can improve speed with accuracy by minimising negative marks in JEE/NEET.
Tips to Improve Speed, Accuracy and Reduce Negative Marking in IIT-JEE/NEET Exam
- Stick to your exam strategy.
- Read the question carefully.
- Attempt easier questions first.
- Decide quickly whether you can answer the question or not.
- Find answer by eliminating the options.
- Use intelligent guessing if required.
- Try to avoid answering questions at the last minute.
- Learn shortcuts to solve MCQs.
- Analyse your mock tests.
- Make a notebook containing your mistakes.
- Understand concepts well and practice problems.
Stick to your exam strategy
Prepare an exam strategy and stick to it during mock tests and JEE/NEET exam. Don’t waste time by reading full question paper in detail. Only a quick glance is acceptable. Go to the section you have decided to attempt first and start solving questions.
Read the question carefully
Read the question carefully to understand what is being asked and what is given to you. See the options clearly and then only start solving the question. Pay special attention to questions with more than 1 correct answer.
Attempt easier questions first
Each question paper has a mix of easy, average and difficult questions. Doing hard questions first will waste your time and make you lose confidence. Remember both hard and easy questions carry same marks. So it’s better to attempt all the easy questions first. You may come back after finishing the paper once and then solve the difficult questions.
Decide quickly whether you can answer the question or not
While solving paper, presence of mind is required. Virtually figure how you will be solving the question. If you are sure that you can answer it, move ahead and solve it. Skip the question fast if you have no clue about how to solve it. Do not let that question eat up your time. This comes with practice. Keep on giving tests.
Find answer by eliminating the options
This method is to be used when you are not sure about the answer. Reduce the number of options by eliminating the ones which seem to be entirely or logically wrong. Among the remaining options, the one with maximum probability of getting true may be chosen.
Use intelligent guessing if required
If you feel that you have answered very few questions and stand no chance to clear the exam, then you may try this method. Keep in mind that it should not be just random guesses, you must have some idea about why you are selecting the answer like you have doubts in only two options.
Try to avoid answering questions at the last minute
Last minute hustle may increase the chances of mistakes and negative marking, so keep the last 10 or 15 minutes to check whether you correctly marked the answers (fill the OMR sheet carefully in NEET).
Learn shortcuts to solve MCQs
Learn shortcuts and tricks by solving regular MCQ tests. Experience teachers in coaching teach these methods to their students.
Analyse your mock tests
If you are getting too much negative marks in your mock tests, then you need to analyse your tests and find out the silly mistakes you are doing. Work on weak concepts/topics and clear your doubts from teachers. Don’t repeat the same mistakes in next test.
Make a notebook containing your mistakes
Make a notebook containing your silly mistakes, what went wrong, unnecessary calculations, time spent on solving the question, etc. Revise this notebook every time before a problem solving session or next mock test.
Understand concepts well and practice problems
While studying, try to grasp the main concept very clearly. Objective questions (MCQs) test your concept thoroughly. You need consistent practice to improve speed and accuracy.
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