whereas Students preparing for class 12 board exams tend to ignore the language as it is easy and challenging. They limit their preparation of the language to just reading the summaries of the lessons in their entirety. The new scheme of MCQs for Term 1 seems to be in favor of all the students as it saves them from making a lot of grammatical errors in writing, which they often used to do in a subjective test.
The question paper will be divided proportionately for ease of attempt by the students of all types of intelligence and preparation. Some percentage of question paper may be overlooked which can be attempted well only by students with developed reading skills, while almost 50 per cent of the exam literature is also made easy by CBSE for 20 questions out of 30 for students has gone. They are based on RTC, so even though students can recognize the chapters, they can easily attempt them.
Most of the standalone MCQs can also be solved well if the students patiently read the questions a few times. Also note that, even though it is a language test, but since it is now MCQ based, it tests more comprehension than the linguistic skills of the students. There are a few tricks that if learned and applied well, can go a long way in ticking off the correct answer for almost every question.
– Reading the entire question carefully along with the options helps in maximizing the understanding of the question. Only a well understood question can be a well answered question.
– Eliminate wrong answers to reach the right one.
– Select the answer which is accurate and precise.
– Answer the questions you know first. Since you will have OMR sheet. Just keep going as per your wish.
– Solve all the questions as there is no negative marking this time.
– Make a calculated estimate. While attempting questions that seem unfamiliar to you, an inference based on comprehension and calculation can prove to be in your favor.
– Pay attention to words/phrases like ‘not true’, true, contains, ‘does not contain’ etc.
Read the statements several times to find out whether the given statement is a fact or an opinion. They are quite surprising.
– The reading section should be attempted at the end as it is completely new to the students so retention takes more time as compared to the material seen.
It is important to learn the names of authors/writers and poets.
– Read the references properly to solve the references thoroughly. Almost all RTC based questions can be answered from the given paragraphs.
(The author is Principal, MRG School, Rohini)