Preparing for the Test & Practice Tests
- the Psychometric Entrance Test
Identifying your starting point -the day when you begin your preparatory study, is when you are least well prepared for the test. This is a great opportunity to take a complete practice test, or at least one section in each domain - see practice tests. At this stage, you can take a test without a time limit, since your objective is to identify your strengths and weaknesses and get to know the general nature of the test and what kind of questions appear in it.
Constructing a study plan for the test - it’s important to take the time to construct an organized study plan. The plan should detail the study objectives for each week and ensure that you can cover all the required material in the time available. When constructing the plan, allocate longer time periods to the material you expect to find difficult, and make sure to include time during each week for reviewing the material studied earlier. You should construct the plan so that you complete all the material about two weeks before the test itself, in order to leave yourself time to practice complete tests. You should construct the plan as early as possible, so as not to be pressured for time. On the other hand, it’s important to remember that the extent of preparation required depends on the target you set for yourself, your previous knowledge, your rate of study and your personal circumstances during the study period. This means that there is no ideal study period for preparing for the test - the number of hours varies from one person to another.
Rest - it’s better not to study all day every day, but to take time off here and there. However, it is not recommended that you take very long breaks. It is also recommended that you not study at all on the day before the test, so that you come to the test as fresh and relaxed as possible.
Study and practice - when beginning to study a new topic, it’s a good idea to read the theoretical material on the NITE website - see examples and explanations of the test questions - or in a study book for the test, and ensure that it is clear and well understood. Afterward, you can start practicing taking tests on the topic. You should start by taking tests without a time limit, and later gradually allocate more and more time for practicing under test conditions, with a time limit. It’s important to check whether you answered the questions correctly. If you made mistakes, try to understand why that happened and how to avoid similar mistakes in the future. Checking your performance on practice tests is an important stage in studying, and you are advised not to skip it.
Test aids - many examinees use a stopwatch to divide up the time for solving questions on the test. You should practice how to operate the stopwatch in advance, to avoid wasting time during the test itself.
Stress and anxiety - if you anticipate that test anxiety on the day of the test will interfere with your abilities, you should practice relaxation and stress-relief techniques and employ them during the test.
Familiarity and practice - the best way to prepare for the English sections is to become well acquainted with the types of questions that appear on the test, and practice them as much as possible.
Exposure - the more you are exposed to the English language, the better you will be prepared for this part of the test. You should expose yourself to English by reading books, newspapers and websites in English. The more English you read before the test, the more your reading speed will increase, and so you will need to spend less time reading the texts and questions during the test.
Constant practice - you should practice using English whenever you can. Try to hold conversations in English, think in English, and translate things that you hear and read into English.
Word lists - you should make up a list of new words that you come across while preparing for the test. Add words to the list every day, and make sure to review the words you already added. It’s a good idea to incorporate words into sentences in order to remember their meaning better. However, it’s not worth spending too much time going over word lists.