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PTE Vs. IELTS: Why is PTE Academic slowly gaining ascendancy over IELTS?

Nobody seemed to have heard of PTE Academic until a couple of years back. The only language-based qualifying exam that came to one’s mind for all general migration and for Study Abroad purposes in respect of Europe, Asia-Pacific, even Canada, was IELTS. TOEFL iBT was a distant second as it was more aligned to US-oriented qualifying exams like GRE and GMAT.

And now, all of a sudden, PTE Academic is making waves, and every other aspiring migrant to the West is talking of PTE in the same breath as IELTS. The more ‘aware’ an aspirant is, the more s/he is thinking in terms of PTE Academic. The niche that PTE has made for itself is bound to become the mainstream in foreseeable future, and unless IELTS does something substantive to stem the tide, its popularity is bound to be overtaken by PTE Academic.

The question is why PTE Academic has gained so much of popularity (and acceptability across continents) in such a short period. Here are a few reasons:

How to Make Best Use of NCERT Books

The syllabus released by CBSE is completely based on NCERT. There is a myth among students that NCERT Books are not sufficient for their exam preparation. Hence, they look for other reading sources for their exam prep. In reality, however, NCERT Books are sufficient to prepare for examinations.

Here are some tips on how to make best use of NCERT Books:

Important Paragraphs and Lines: The 1 mark questions in the exams are meant to test the basic conceptual clarity of the students. Hence, it is important to read the important lines given in every chapter that will help solve the complex 1 mark questions in the exams. Students should frame important questions from important lines in every paragraph and revise them during the examination prep.

This Teacher Assistant pushes up marks!

We keep testing a student round the year through formative and summative assessments. We also give him a subject-based score and that calls for a predictive judgment on his future, written boldly on his report card. Are we really monitoring his learning curve or trying to understand as to what is going through his mind? Even if we do, the pressure of syllabus and deadlines don’t allow the empathetic arms to stretch forward and help him individually.

So, in the wonderland of K-12 education in India, the ultimate consumer - the student - goes unheard. But what if we are enabled with a pair of super glasses to peep through each score, opening up a new view into his learning outcome? Yes, we would then be able to solve the various riddles of his performance and realize that every child is unique and so is his learning.

TCYonline gets visual fillip from iDaa, Bookhive

With virtually every other competitive exam in the country going online and students seeking to go beyond simulated testing, India’s Number 1 Test Prep platform, TCYonline is extending its footprint through tie-up arrangements with nation-wide network of established video learning entities and print publishers.

The objective is to offer integrated learning in the form of video tutorials networked with online testing and analytics. The first among the several tie-ups on the cards are with the Hyderabad-based iDaa and the Delhi-based Bookhive India to provide content in the form of videos and tests for different exam categories.

To beef-up its video offering, in addition to regular online testing, the Ludhiana-based EdTech Company has recently joined hands with the renowned multimedia video-content provider firm, iDaa. This tie-up is likely to give the much needed visual fillip to TCY’s K-12 testing program.

As per the agreement, iDaa will provide animated videos initially for Class III - X Math and Science students. This content in 2D/3D animation form is expected to boost students’ learning experience in the home environment too.

Expressing satisfaction over this collaboration, Mr. Rama Shanker, Director iDaa, expressed confidence that the company’s multimedia-based educational content will continue to remain ‘most popular’ through TCY website.

“This educational content, designed and developed under the expert guidance of experienced former NCERT professors, has proven to be useful for the students by making learning an interesting and fun-filled experience,” the Director added.

SBI Clerical Prelims 2016 – Analysis of All Slots Till Date

SBI Clerical Prelims 2016 is already underway. Here we discuss various question types, level of difficulty of the sections etc. for the SBI Clerical Prelims Exam. The overall feedback received from students who have already appeared in SBI Clerical Prelims 2016 is as follows:

• The level of difficulty of the paper is moderate with English being the easiest section in most slots.
• Reasoning is moderate but the puzzles have a lot of data and can be time consuming.
• Maximum focus in the numerical ability section has remained on calculation skills with questions from simplification being lengthy and time consuming.

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