Follow these 10 Steps to Pass CTET 2019 Exam
So, you have chosen to appear for the CTET (Central Teacher Eligibility Test) to be held in July 2019.
As you eagerly await the declaration of the date of the examination, it’s natural to be a wee bit anxious about your performance in the exam and its outcome. Here are a few things that I as an ex- examinee would like to share with you. This will help to ease your way and streamline your efforts towards success in the CTET.
- For starters, you must go through the syllabus for the exam very carefully. It’s a good idea to take a print out of the syllabus of CTET 2019 from the official CTET site. As the area to be covered is vast, you may have to go through the syllabus often to avoid deviating from the topics of study.
- Be organized and systematic in your preparation. Decide on one subject and begin studying it systematically one topic after the other. I would suggest that you begin with Child Development And Pedagogy. I say this because this subject contains certain fundamental concepts, a good understanding of which would make the study of other subjects easy. Also, for those of you who are appearing in both Papers – I and II, the topics of study in this subject are almost the same for both.
- Once you have gained an adequate understanding of one subject, you can try solving a few question papers of the same. This will enable you to :
- a)Familiarize yourself with the pattern of the question paper for that subject.
- b)Gauge your understanding of the subject.
- c)Gauge your level of preparedness for testing.
- d)Mark out some pet topics/questions by the frequency of their appearance in various papers.
- It’s important to note that quite a few questions on topics such as Piaget’s developmental theory or Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development are based on the application of the same by a teacher in a classroom situation. So, gaining a good understanding of these and other such theories is to be preferred over blind memorizing.
- For the subject based papers i.e. math and evs in Paper – I and math – science and social sciences in Paper- II, one can refer to the subject textbooks of any good CBSE school. However, it’s important to remember that, the questions that are asked may be of a higher class than the one you are teaching or intend to teach, i.e. the math questions in Paper – I may be from classes 6 or 7 and those in Paper – II, from classes 9 and 10. Careful scrutiny of the previous years’ question papers will show you that some questions from each of these subjects, have appeared in more than one paper.
- Studying the pedagogical aspects of Language I of your paper first will make the understanding of the same in Language II easier as they are fundamentally almost the same. If you have chosen Hindi as your second language, it will be a good idea to make a list of difficult words and find their meanings in sites such as shabdkosh’’. Once you have crossed the hurdle of understanding the questions ( owing to the language) you will find that most of them are based on the topics that you have already covered in Language I and you will have no difficulty in answering them correctly.
- A few days before the exam, you must go through the model of the answer sheet on the official CTET site. You can take a print out of the same and practice filling it. This will familiarize you with the structure of the answer sheet and help avoid any confusion while filling in your details on the day of the exam.
- On the day of the exam, read the paper very carefully. Remember to make sure that you are attempting only the subjects that you’ve chosen, especially in case of the language papers.
- For the reading comprehension in the language papers, it’s advisable to do a quick reading of the questions that you are meant to answer after reading the passage, before you begin reading the passage itself. This way, you will know which parts of the passage to read more carefully than others thereby saving time while answering the questions.
- If you divide the total time of 2 hours and 60 minutes between 150 questions, you get one minute to answer each question. Plan your paper accordingly. You may quickly attempt the easy questions first saving some extra time for the difficult ones. Mark the latter on the question paper so that you don’t forget to answer them altogether. Remember to be extremely careful when marking your options in the answer sheet as there is no way you can undo what has once been done on it.
A smart, systematic and diligent preparation can go a long way in getting you good results in the CTET. Practice it and success will be yours for the taking.
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