How to prepare for Pre-Board exam and improve the weak areas

By Dr. Dilip Modi

The pre-board exams are conducted in order to prepare students holistically for their final board exams. It is a replica of the board exam, and your results of pre-boards decide to a great extent the kind of performance you will be giving in the penultimate test ahead.

Therefore, it's essential that you pay proper attention to your pre-board exam preparations and give your best shot to it, which will eventually build up the confidence for your final exams. As the time for pre-board exams looms ahead, tension starts creeping in, and students get jittery about how to cope with the vast syllabus.


In such a case, it's of utmost importance that you chalk out a plan for your preparation and go in accordance with it. A planned study schedule is always favorable, so stick to the plan and rev up your preparation.

How to prepare for Pre-Board exam

Follow these steps:

  • Follow a proper schedule and make a strategy that encompasses everything related to the exam from alpha to omega.
  • The strategy you make should be a perfect blend of learning and revising the syllabus and also one that helps you finish solving the sample papers simultaneously.
  • Studying only NCERT books intensively is enough to score ninety percent in your exams.
  • While solving sample question papers, begin with five mark questions and try to finish them within an hour. Also try to attempt as many mock tests as possible. Some complex numerical problems can be tricky to handle. So don't spend much time on them.
  • Instead, move on to the next ones as you have to score as many marks as you can in the available time.
  • Questions based on laboratory experiments are necessary so be well-versed with their circuit diagrams. Spend three days to revise each section thoroughly and attempt the sample paper on the fourth day.
  • Also try your hands at CBSE sample papers, treat them as real board exam papers and finish them in three hours flat. Don't get panicky by looking at the question paper. Diagrams carry a good percentage of marks. So be very careful while drawing and labeling them.
  • Don't take the preboards lightly. Approach them with the kind of seriousness you'd invest in your finals.
  • Apart from stress, board exams bring with them the high expectations that parents have their children. Don't get carried away by these distractions, instead develop an active attitude towards exams. Go to bed early and get up early in the morning.
  • Kick start your day with a little exercise, a proper breakfast and then study. This will give you an energy boost and will help you stay active the whole day. Staying up late at night is fruitless so devote the day to studies and spare the night for some sound sleep.
  • Amidst your studies, take out an hour or two to relax and rejuvenate yourself. Don't get anxious one day before your exam. Revise thoroughly, relax and keep the worries at bay.
  • While studying, you should emphasize more on subjects you are weak at and get a grasp of them. Solve questions of varying difficulty and do not just restrict yourself to all easy or all tough questions. Go through all the textbooks and also include your class syllabus in the study material.
  • Also, you should refer to the tests that you appeared for in school as that can help you immensely in preparing for your exam. While revising, you should write down the summary points for future referral. When your preparatory leaves are on, you should make sagacious use of your time and revise the syllabus meticulously.
  • Stay in touch with your teachers to discuss problems you come across. Apart from your preparation, you should also ensure that you are in a good state of health to appear for a 3 hour exam.
  • Always remember that Pre-Board exams are just an indicator of how your final board exams will go.
  • Hence, an average or a poor performance doesn't mean you are not going to make it at your board exams. It just means that you need to push yourself harder and make sure you are poised to face the final board examination.

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