The Telegraph
Tuesday , January 14 , 2014
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Test drive to ace exams

The best way to cope with a pressure situation is to perhaps, create one and learn to handle it. And that is exactly what Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) has decided to do.

It will conduct a series of mock tests for students who will appear for their Class X board examination next month from January 17 to 22 in a bid to soothe their nerves.

It will champion the cause of both the council as well as students.

While JAC, which is aiming for a higher success rate, can put the students to (mock) test before D-Day, the examinees can assess the levels of preparation and initiate correctives.

A first-time initiative by JAC for Class X students, the move has been spurred by poor results in subjects like English, mathematics and science in the recent past.

“Over the past few years, we have noticed that maximum number of students failed in English, mathematics and science. It has become an alarming trend at the Class X level. That is why we have decided to conduct a pre-board examination for the first time,” council chairman Anand Bhushan said, adding that they did not want a repeat of the disturbing trend in this year’s matriculation examination.

JAC chairman said they were sure the mock tests would help students judge their level of preparedness.

“The results of the mock tests will be declared within a week of the examination. Students securing low marks in a particular subject can start revision early and focus more on it during last-minute preparations,” Bhushan said.

Those who fail to get pass marks, the council will arrange for special classes and provide free coaching.

Last year, JAC had recorded overall pass percentage of 73 in the Class X board examination.

“In 2014, we want to ensure that it touches the 80 per cent mark and that is why we will provide special coaching to weak students so that they can at least secure the pass percentage and be declared successful,” Bhushan added.

Notably, the council already offers free coaching to candidates who scored less than 40 per cent in school level examinations.

The special coaching started from December 2 and would continue till February 15.

“These students can also find out from the mocks tests whether the special classes have benefited them or not,” Bhushan said.

The council has already instructed respective district education officers (DEOs) for smooth conduct of the pre-board examination.

For, as many as 4.72 lakh candidates will appear for these across the state. From Ranchi district alone, around 40,000 students will write the papers at 202 examination centres.

The examination will start from 9.45am on all days.

Students will be allotted 15 minutes to read the question paper after which they would be allowed to start writing.

The matriculation examination will start from February 21.