5 Reasons why 80% students fail campus placement tests and competitive exams
If you are in the final year of your college, chances are that placement season is about to start or it has already begun. Like everyone else, you are also excited, you don’t want to miss the opportunity. Be it in canteen or class, all conversations are now geared towards placements. Which firms are coming? Which are not? Will your favorite firm do a repeat this year? Debates are on about the best and the rest. Startup or PSU? Core or non-core? However, all said and done, surveys say 80% of students simply fail in campus placement tests or competitive exams. Below are reasons why students fail and what you can do about it.
Reason 1: Students don’t research about the competencies/topics to be asked in the test
80% of the data about topics questioned in a placement test and 100% of the competitive exams topics are available on web. But students broadly don’t take the time and effort to walk that extra mile, plan and study extensively on the topics or competencies that are going to be covered in the test. This leads to mass disqualification of 80% of students as stated by a survey.
Reason 2: Students don’t practice enough in real-time environment
After students answer a question on a dummy aptitude test or practice test, they have the tendency to verify the correctness, once that is done, they move on with few questions more, and then if they find their answers correct again, their confidence level go up. They then ignore the topic thinking they have mastered it. It’s great mistake that students commit which results in low score in tests and assessments.
Students also should be very careful about how much time they should spend on answering questions. They need to be intelligent about approaching different questions differently. Here’s an example,
Question: what is the result of 849648456 X 5,
Answer can be obtained by almost anyone but it’s just the time that matters, the average time taken to answer this normally is 75 Seconds, but in real time a student will have less than 30 seconds to answer. Here goes the trick to answer the question:
Divide the large number by 2 and add 0 to the number and you will get the answer.
Solution: 849648456/2 = 424824228 and now append 0 to this 4248242280 is the final solution. This way it takes anywhere between 12 to 15 seconds.
Three things we miss if we practice in real-time environments. They are
- Timing sense
- Exam Pressure
Students use free web tools for practices which may have set of questions but by using these tools they miss out on the above three criteria which then act as detrimental to their assessment success.
Reason 3: Solutions to the problems and tips to solve them in an intuitively
Many times students get answers to the question but it is critical to get the detailed step-by- step solution and a shortcut to solve solutions. Else the answers alone are not of much value to the student
Reason 4: Scoring 85% does not mean success. Assumption could be positive but reality is different
Students should be aware of their percentage and their percentile as well. Assuming a student takes the test and gets 85% but if 80% of the students get over 90% then do they have a chance? This is another important aspect that students should focus on. If a student’s percentile is greater than 85.6% it means 856 students below that particular student are among the 1000. So, he or she has a better chance of getting selected in the test.
Reason 5: Problem with accuracy & consistency. It is said that 82% of the students suffer from accuracy problem.
A student took a test and his assumption is that he would get 90 out of 100 but when the final scores are out, he would have got only 68. What happened to the remaining 22 questions? It is always said that people with better accuracy get better results. So how to build accuracy?
On the first test the student secured 80% and on the second test he scores 62%, this is consistency. How to build consistency then?
More progression of tests and detailed analysis are important to build accuracy and consistency. A minimum of 7 tests over a period of 30 days will guarantee improvement in accuracy and consistency of the candidate.
EPracto is a tool that helps students to do better in all the five above mentioned criterion. At EPracto, for years we have been helping students in acing competitive exams and corporate recruitment/placement tests.
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