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NEET-PG: “How to Guess When You Don’t Know”
NEET-PG is a comprehensive entrance exam where each additional mark can provide a competitive advantage. Gaining subject knowledge is an integral part of exam preparation. However, the subjects covered in this single exam are too vast for any individual to conquer completely. In this case, students resort to guess work during the exam. While a few lucky candidates benefit through blind guesswork, a vast majority will incur a loss of score. That’s why you have to figure out a method to making guesses - just as Shakespeare said: “Though this be madness, yet there is a method in it”.
Here are few DOs and DON’Ts for guesswork in NEET-PG exam
Don’t assume the answer option is B or C:
A lot of students and researchers used to believe that B or C is the predominantly correct choice. However, this is not true as NEET-PG is a computer-based test and question writers are now mindful of this bias.
Don’t choose an option consistently:
Blindly choosing option A (or B/ C/ D) for all the questions you don’t know is not a good strategy, as you may incur negative marks that might pull down the total score.
Don’t assume there is an equivalent distribution of choices:
If there are 300 questions, you may assume there have to be 75 correct options A, B, C, and D each. This may not be true for NEET-PG as this is a computer-based test. Moreover, you do not have the time to keep track of the number of correct options, especially when you aren’t sure if the options you chose were correct.
Don’t assume successive options are different:
As NEET-PG is a computer-based exam, the sequence of questions can be different for each individual and successive question, as they can carry the same correct option letter.
The best method to start your guesswork is to eliminate as many options as possible.
Look for clues in the question stem:
When reading the question, pay attention to clues such as symptoms, organ system, complications etc. This method is extremely useful for clinical-based questions.
e are all made up of building blocks of Carbon; one of the least explored parts of recollection or guesswork is the lack of emphasis on thinking about chemical process when reading a question. Whether it is medicine, pharmacology, pathology, anatomy or radiology, think of the chemical or biochemical processes associated with the question and the consequences it can lead to.
The best possible advice when you are tempted to blindly guess is - DON’T! When you are 100% sure that you have no clue about the question and options given, move on. Don’t be tempted to guess.
Next time you take a mock exam or go through a question bank, think about the do’s and dont’s and take time to attempt the unknown question. Through the mock exercises, you will discover your strengths as well as a method to solving the unknown! Click here to access Kaplan’s NEET- PG sample questions and explanations.