Checklist before going for an entrance exam?

If you are about to start your university career, you will surely know that you must take an entrance exam to study where you wish to study. Therefore, you need to prepare yourself in time to achieve good results.

Although the exams do not reflect globally all the knowledge we acquired in secondary education, at the time of entering university you must take an admission test that aims to assess your level of learning and training. That will depend on your professional future.

In order to be successful and take the career you want, we give you some dos and don'ts so you know how to prepare for these tests.

What you should do

1. Learn
Research about the process to enter the institution in which you want to study. After that, check what you need to deliver to the institution as required documents and inquire properly about the date of the admission exam and the preparation courses for the academic tests.

2. Review
Once you know what the subjects are and what you will be asked in the test, start reviewing the priorities. You should first review what is most difficult for you and then the rest of the subjects.

3. Study techniques
While you read what each topic is about, it is essential that you make outlines or summaries where you synthesize the essential information of each subject. This will help you consolidate your knowledge and you can easily remember them.

4. Exercise your memory

After studying all the material, do self-revision. Ask questions and try to answer them without the help of books and notes. In this way, through a brief reasoning, you can give a clear answer to your questions. Remember that it is important for you to repeat these procedures as many times as possible until you are certain that you have learned the topics and practiced well.

5. Plan a schedule for your final review
It is convenient that you distribute each topic in different sessions, to be able to review all the study material one by one. In addition, as you must master all the subjects, so make sure you start studying at least one to two months before the exam date.

During the last days, you should only dedicate yourself to review the summaries and refresh your memory.

6. Time
Learn to manage your schedules. If you are late in your studies or have a shortage of time, concentrate on the most important topics during the reviews. With this, you will find it easier to remember the subordinate topics.

7. Relax
On the night before the admission exam, it is advisable that you sleep normally and leave everything you need ready for the next day. Before going to bed, practice some breathing and relaxation exercises and maintain an optimistic attitude. This will help you feel less nervous.

What not to do

1. Do not be late
Arriving early to the exam is essential. If you arrive at the right time, your body will continue with the adrenaline that caused you the feeling of knowing that you are late. Take your precautions and arrive early.

2. Do not study the night before

One day before you should be calm, going to the movies can help you relax. You can review, but not study. Give a break to your memory, so that it processes the information you have acquired all the time you have studied before.

3. Do not eat a lot
One night before the exam, you should never eat heavy food, or you will not be able to sleep and your stomach will be working all night. Also, avoid foods with a lot of fat and sugars.

4. Do not be negative
Some sentences may hang around your head a day before and until the day of the exam. "I'm not going to pass the exam", "I still need to study", "what do I do if I pull it?" Are some of the phrases that will be presented at some point and it is normal because of the anxiety that this important day causes you.

Avoid those thoughts and be positive. Remember that you have worked hard and you will have good results.

5. Do not worry
Many times during the exam the questions hover in our heads. Leave those thoughts and concentrate on each of the exercises in the question paper. All your concentration must be in the resolution of the exam.

6. Do not be influenced
The students who are at your side, waiting just like you for the exam, can often transmit their nerves. Try to concentrate only on yourself and the test you will give.

We know that entering university is very important to you. Hence, we want you to be clear about the things you should and you should NOT do before and during the admission exam. Follow the above-mentioned steps and above all stay positive about your goals.