Author: Sarah Ashraf
The AKU Entry Test is held once a year around mid june-july. It is 2 hrs 15 min long, multiple choice question exam and tests content from both A-Levels and F.Sc. Its has around 150 questions from 4 sections and here is how you can ace them.
This section has about 60 questions to be completed in an hour and has no negative marking. The English section tests language skills such as grammar and sentence completion using the appropriate word.
Advice: This section is not very hard as the level of English tested isn’t very challenging. For practice, you can practice questions that test basic grammar and sentence completion.
2.Math reasoning section
This section has 30 questions and has no negative marking. It tests your knowledge of O-Level mathematics including a mixture of basic arithmetic & algebra and also has questions on patterns and trigonometry. Also, calculators aren’t permitted in the test.
Advice: To prepare for this section well you need to practice SAT 1 MATHS as well as review all formulas and equations that you’ve learned in O-levels. Another source for practice would be the questions from Kangaroo Math competition. The questions asked in the math section of the AKU test resemble those questions quite a bit.
3.Science reasoning section:
This section has 30 questions and has no negative marking. It tests your common sense and reasoning skills. The questions in this section are quite puzzling that basically require you to understand the text and infer what is being asked in the question.
Advice:There is no source from where you can actually practice for this section. However, reading the question carefully and using logic will help a lot in this section because in most cases the question itself indicates what the answer is.
4.Physics, biology & chemistry section:
This section has 20 questions from each discipline (20 for bio, 20 for phy and 20 for chem) for a total of 60 questions. There is negative marking in this section and you lose 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.
Advice: The university’s website has a course outline for all the things you need to know for Chemistry, Bio and Physics from A-Levels and F.Sc. Using that as a checklist, narrow down the topics you need to prepare for and practice as much as you can. SAT 2 books for chemistry, bio and physics are a great resource. Another great tool for understanding difficult topics is www.sabaq.pk which has videos that explain the entire FS.c board books topics. Also, for chemistry pay particular attention to Organic chemistry since it is tested a lot.
During the test: Have a good night’s sleep before the test Keep a track of time as it is vital you do not spend too much time on a single section. A thoughtful advice would be solving the physics, biology and chemistry component first so that you can solve it carefully and avoid a panicky situation where you’re left with less time at the end. Since, all other sections do not have negative marking you can do a lot of guesswork in them. Finally, It’s a long test so keep snacks such as biscuits and chocolates. The test is mentally and physically challenging but can be aced with focus and enough practice. Best of luck!
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