Better understanding of Question Paper Pattern and Question’s Language -Guarantee of Better Result

Developing a fine tune with the nature of question paper helps us to prepare, plan and execute strategies timely. A question paper consists of several different types of question to evaluate students’ factual, conceptual and global understanding. We work day and night to go through our syllabus. We practice our prescribed syllabus adopting different means and methods. It is essential to understand the exact meaning of different questions. Generally, it is observed that we know question’s answer but since the language of question is different in a question paper so students could not able to evaluate the questions.

Developing ability to extract and interpret exact meaning

We are well about the fact that concept and theorem do not change from one place to another place but application may change i.e. Newton’s Law of Motion will be same in almost all books. Expert may design a question application based question on Law of Motion. If students know Law of Motion, they will certainly write correct answer. Developing ability to extract and interpret exact meaning of question help us to write concrete answer.

It is a known fact that some students read the questions on the test paper but fail to comprehend the exact meaning and therefore write wrong answers. Understanding the framework of question paper develops self confidence of students as well as increases their self esteem and then student says, “Yes I can do it”. 

What are the advantages of understanding question paper pattern?

  1. Academically weak students get at least passing marks working on strong points in a particular subject or in all most all subjects. He knows the distribution of marks for different question. He knows his own command on subject so he plans to have command on easiest portion of that question paper so that he will gain respectable marks for passing barrier of promotion to the next level.
  2. Academically mediocre students perform better in all most all subjects. He works on his weak as well as strong points of learning. He develops his study skills i.e. own way of preparing notes, own styles to practice and own styles for doing revision. They know the right point to hit.
  3. Academically intelligent students touch the highest marks working on each and every area in a particular subject or perform better in all most all subjects. He develops in depth knowledge of each and every thing. He polishes his skill for performing error free in the examination.  S/he exactly knows (a) how to study (b) what to study (c) Where to focus (d) How to retain memory for long time (e) How to cover key points/issues before the examination. A good student exactly knows the nerves of the question paper.

Before Examination: student evaluates syllabus, duration, examination systems and marking scheme well in advance

Our educational journey begins at 3 (Kindergarten) and reaches up Doctorate/Post Doctorate (many more). We appear in various academic, professional and competitive examinations in our life. We collect printed material, notes and various literatures to do proper study. We have to go through a certain syllabus in a pre-decided time schedule. A wise student evaluates syllabus, duration, examination systems and marking scheme well in advance.

 What is use of doing hard and fast preparation for an examination just before the final date? A wise student studies continuously for whole year. He enjoys doing study. He knows rules and regulation of an academic programme from day 1st of his new beginning. He deeply studies question pattern of previous years and make key notes (a) how he will achieve his target? He knows the ultimate objective. A wise student focuses on following key points to achieve high in academic, professional and competitive examination.

  1. Know your syllabus distribution thoroughly
  2. Check the question pattern from previous years question papers
  3. Know distribution of marks in the questions paper i.e.
  • Section or subsections in the question paper
  • Number of questions in the question paper
  • Nature of each question i.e. multiple choice , reasoning, short answer, very short answer, HOTS, essay types, analytical, logical, critical etc
  • Types of questions in the question paper and their distribution i.e. 
  1. Marks distribution  of each question
  2. Word limit of different types of questions
  3. Duration of examination and number of questions to be attempted in an examination

To cross a barrier of a grade, class, college and university ends with better understanding of a question paper as well as writing all the questions’ answer correctly and concretely. The evaluator does not know us with our unique name and number but s/he evaluates our complete personality with the words written on our answer sheet. He does not know our mental and physical phenomenon, but he knows the rational and relevant words used by us in the answer sheet. There is no limit of knowledge but rational expression of our knowledge determines our success in an examination.

 Rajeev Ranjan

Indian Educationist

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