Time Management – During Selective High School Test

Selective High School Placement test is multiple choices timed exam, and most common reasons students do poorly on the test is running out of time. This test checks the test taker ability to process a reasonably significant amount of information in the prescribed time. You might come across questions which you have never seen before. The examiner wants to check, how you use different concepts, filter the unnecessary information to comprehend the relevant data and attention to detail in solving a complex interrelated problem. It is the reason you see lengthy questions in mathematics and general ability. Test takers lacking the test-taking experience and skills perform silly mistakes due to time pressure and loss of focus.

All questions in the test are of same marks so why to sacrifice easy questions by spending more time on harder problems. Some test taker gets panic when they discover that the question they solved does not have their answer in the given answer choices. Test-taking strategies will guide you when and how to skip a question and come back later so that you don’t lose marks. NotesEdu highly recommends that you must develop your test-taking strategies to improve your score.

Please read the commonly time management issue faced by test taker and NotesEdu recommendations to manage your time effectively during the exam.

Selective Test Taker Issue 1:

You spend more time on one question, which increases your anxiety and affects your confidence and thought process. It leads you to attempt next few questions hurriedly. You make careless errors and get them wrong.

NotesEdu Recommended Actions:

If any question is taking longer (say more than 90 seconds), then use the elimination method and make an educated guess. Circle the question to come back if time is available at the end.

Worry is enticing to accelerate so don’t worry.

Find out the type of questions taking longer than 90 seconds while attempting NotesEdu Trial and Premium Selective & Scholarship test. Review the concept behind such questions.

Harder questions take longer time as compared to verbal question that takes less time. Attempt easy questions first, which will give you confidence and warm up your brain to solve the tougher questions quickly.

There is no reward for addressing the question step by step until you get the answer. However, looking and plugging the answer choices can speed up the calculation and save your time.

Relax and breathe

Selective Test Taker Issue 2:

It is tempting to answer each question correctly, even at the expense of time.

NotesEdu Recommended Actions:

It is okay to take longer than 60 seconds on a question but makes sure you counter-balance this by taking less than 60 seconds to answer other questions

Note you need not to answer all questions correctly; you can sacrifice the question taking longer time by eliminating and guessing.

Ensure you get five easy or medium questions correct in the time you wasted on one hard question.

Selective Test Taker Issue 3:

You continually look at the watch or timer.

NotesEdu Recommended Actions:

Avoid looking at watch or timer as it wastes few seconds and increases your anxiety.

Spend no more than 6 minutes on five questions needing calculation and analysis

Spend no more than 4 minutes on five verbal questions

Look at watch or timer after 10 minutes, and if you can attempt ten questions then you are within the time limit

While practising NotesEdu Premium Selective & Scholarship Test tracks the time you took for each question by using the lap timer (on iPhone or online). Each time when you finish a question press the split button. Analyze the lap time to see what type of questions takes less time and what kind of questions takes more time. Make a log of such questions, which take more time. With your experience, you will know how much is 10 minutes.

If you are falling behind the time limit, then make an educated guess and circle the questions to come back if the time permits.

Selective Test Taker Issue 4:

No time left to finish the last five questions, so I have to guess and even left few question blank.

NotesEdu Recommended Actions:

Don’t spend more than 2-3 seconds to fill in the bubble. Don’t worry about the neatly filing the bubble.

Use an elimination and educated guess for difficult and confusing questions. Circle the questions and come back later if the time permits

Spend less than 20 seconds on easy questions (e.g., verbal in general ability) and 90 seconds for the complicated and confusing questions.

Practice sufficient number of simulated test

Accuracy is more important than speed. Relax if you are confident that rest of the questions you attempted are correct.

The clock is ticking, and you have 40 minutes to answer 40 questions in Mathematics, 40 minutes to answer 45 questions in Reading and 40 minutes to answer 60 questions in General Ability. You have less than a minute to answer these questions. Persistently doing test practice will help you in managing the time and achieving the score you deserve in your examination.