Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) pass percentage is hovering around 14% or 1% and Uttarakhand Teacher Eligibility Test (UTET-I 2011) stood around 27%. UTET-2013 is expected in coming months and July CTET notification is already out.
So more and more number of peoples are applying for CTET or TET but less are those who could pass these tests to become eligible for a teacher. So what is that which is hurdle in qualifying a basic level test to become a teacher?
Practical observations say that even the teachers with teaching experience in the schools are not able to qualify this basic test.
Imagine they may or they are teaching those things there in classes but could not surpass the like questions in the exam!
As we had mentioned in the previous years in this website that the pass percent of Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) by Center and States may seem too high at 60% but given the conditions and accepting it as the criteria then it is really a deliberating issue for policy makers and whole of us.
Here are some valuable and practical tips and tricks you can use to crack the hurdle of CTET or TET of any state for that matter.
Time management is the first and foremost thing you should take care of. Previous questions papers of CTET or UTET are available and you can check your pass percent by solving them in stipulated time.
For solving each question in CTET/TET you have only (90 minutes/150 questions) 36 seconds!
Further calculation says that it comes to 18 minutes for each section (total five sections of 30 MCQ each) of the CTET paper 1and paper II
Now you should keep above times in mind and decide accordingly what time you want to give to each section according to your confidence and knowledge.
Old saying by experts is that you should not waste your time on those questions which are “out of reach for you”
Take an example-
You are weak in math but the questions in the CTET or TET are such that you are tempted to solve them without looking into the watch and after giving more than enough time for those 30 questions you could solve at least 20 odd questions but then result came and you were surprised that you scored 14 or 10 or even less in math.
Ah! You now start contemplating that you should not have wasted your precious time over this math only.
Hope you got what I mean to say.
Try to at least, I am repeating, at least read once the whole paper of CTET/TET. If I am not exaggerating, you might be through this exam if you can at least read the whole paper. This is really difficult for many appearing candidates in these exams
As there is no negative marking you must got to mark all the answers any how.
Most CTET/UTET candidates I have met could not even see the whole paper. They were stuck somewhere in one section or so and later regretted they could have at least glanced through the other sections.
What books to read for the CTET/TET/UTET exams?
Books are available in market. Take any good book of your choice. NCERT books (especially for Math and Environmental Science) of class I to V for paper-! of CTET and the higher classes books for Paper-2 of CTET are the best ones.
CBSE has mentioned for CTET that the level of questions may go up to higher secondary.
The first part of TET is the child development/pedagogical/teaching aptitude questions
When you are applying for these TET means you must have gone through these kinds of questions topics in your psychology or other papers.
You must be aware of Jean Piaget’s theory, Operant conditioning, and classical conditioning to name a few. If you could not read the stages, characteristics and practical applications of these in B.Ed. then go for higher books of M.Ed. level to clarify the concept.
They are interesting and you will love to read them.
Secondly you must know things which are some basics of your teaching subject you have chosen whether it is math, SSt, English, Hindi Science etc.
These questions (more specifically teaching aptitude type) seem to be sometime so easy but when the result comes you feel that you might have made some blunders.
The point of view you used to solve such questions (may be they are also correct to some extent) are not same as those thought by the paper setters of CTET/UTET/TET.
The bottom line is that don’t jump to conclusions so early in such questions and at least not before reading all the alternative (a, b, c, d) answers. Beware they might be tricky sometimes.
Scoring 89 out of 150 and 90 out of 150! Isn’t a huge difference? One is selected and other is out.
Now let is talk about the language paper in CTET or TET. Here first of all it is suggested that you should remember what choice you have filled as first language paper and second language paper.
While filling the form and while in the examination hall one technique is to recall what language you are comfortable with. Choose that one as your first language and solve it prior to another language 30 MCQs. No confusion.
A little preparation of the second language paper might give you the extra valuable 5-10 marks in TET. So don’t neglect it altogether.
Isn’t it is good to idea to attempt the 30 first language Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) than any other section in the CTET/TET and then gain confidence for further portion? The decision, however is yours.
Very trifle matter, but important one. Don’t waste your time in asking from here and there. It will kill your time only in this time crunch exam.
Most often it is seen in such exams that the examiners/invigilators overlooking the proceeding of the exam in the exam centers or in the exam room are ill informed, ill prepared and very casual in their attitude and work style. This often kills more time of the examinee or the candidates.
Delay in distributing the answer sheets or the question papers. Taking them before time or giving someone more time to write than others. Ring of bell not on schedules. Getting signs, thumb impressions here and there. Gossiping and making unnecessary disturbances while the exam is on. Whether to use whitener in exam? Improper handling of miscellaneous happening or event during the test make things worse for the candidate giving the exam and others sitting there etc.
You in actual even don’t have the whole 90 minutes for the CTET/UTET paper.
With caution, it is good to at least inform the invigilator of what is correct (if it is at all) not waiting for other to stand and say and you just sitting and biding your time or doing the same mistake others have already done.
You see the teachers or the invigilator talking in loud voice in the room. Then what? Just tell them politely to keep shut. Not a big deal. They have to follow this. Etc.
However we suggest you should not use whitener or scratch the answer sheet. This may make your answer sheet or OMR sheet just not eligible for checking.
Stay calm and positive. This is not the end of the world. This exam will come again in six months.
Your suggestions, tips and comments are welcome
They will be updated and added to the post if found good enough.