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TIPS AND REMINDERS IN TAKING

THE BOARD EXAMINATION


By: Jhestonie P. Pacis, LPT

1. Know the coverage of the test.


General Preparation: ENGLISH (Study and Thinking Skills, Writing in the Discipline,
Speech and Oral Communication, Philippine Literature, Master Works of the World);
FILIPINO (Komunikasyon sa Akademikong Filipino, Pagbasa at Pagsulat tungo sa
Pananaliksik, Masining na Pagpapahayag); MATHEMATICS (Fundamentals of Math, Plane
Geometry, Elementary Algebra, Statistics and Probability); SCIENCE (Biological Science -
General Biology, Physical Science - with Earth Science); SOCIAL SCIENCES (Philippine
Government New Constitution with Human Rights; Philippine History; Basic Economics,
Taxation, Agrarian Reform; Society, Culture with Family Planning; Rizal and Other Heroes;
Philosophy of Man; Arts; General Psychology; Information and Communication Technology)
Professional Preparation:
Major Preparation: MGA BATAYANG TEORETIKAL: Introduksyon sa Pag-aaral ng Wika;
Panimulang Linggwistika. NILALAMAN: Wika; Panitikan; Metodolohiya, Pagtataya at
Ebalwasyon, at Kagamitang Pangturo

2. Review your own background. Diagnose yourself in which areas you know better and in
which you needs improvement. In this case, you will be able to improve your strong points
and strengthen your weak ones. Don't just focus your mindset in areas that you are weak or
in the areas you already know fairly well.

3. Begin your preparation early. Don't just seat and wait until the last minute to go securing
for review materials. Lend time to read your review materials at least three hours every day
(one hour review in the morning, another one hour in the afternoon and another hour in the
evening). If possible, join Facebook group discussions and messenger group chats that are
aligned with your major or preferences.

4. Consider All Helpful Techniques. Ask yourself on what technique or mode you will use
best in reviewing. Are you comfortable reviewing in a noisy or silent places? Eating while
reviewing, or even taking a nap after a series of reviews. You may consider the DiFoEx Plus
Strategy in reviewing.
What is DiFoEx Strategy?
DiFoEx stands for Discipline, Focus, Excellence and Plus (Prayers and Faith in God)

5. Prepare continuously. It is better when you read and review at least an hour a night
everyday than an all-night cramming session. Do not compare yourself to your co-teacher-
examinee. Stay focused to your goal!

6. Practice yourself taking the examination. Answer at least 50 to 150 sample LET
questions everyday. Practice shading sample Scranton sheets even at home and train
yourself on how to overcome the pressures and mind blocking questions.
7. Avoid distractions. Temporarily ban yourself in using mobile phones and browsing the
internet which will distract you. Opt out to televisions and stay away in your bed while
reviewing. Motivate yourself and set your goals or reasons why you should review. (Skip this
if this is not applicable for you.)

8. Trust your reviewers. Don't doubt your reviewers and never compare the contents
available in every review materials you have. They surely not written by the same mind and
people. Look for their unique parts and combine them to create a meaningful lesson or
notes that could help you. If you have questions about the information available on your
reviewers, freely ask someone you know who could help you.

9. Locate the place of examination. Check or verify your school/building assignment earlier
at the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) official website (www.prc.gov.ph) or
through the Notice/Announcements posted at the PRC premises two (2) to three (3) working
days before the date of examination. If the location is unfamiliar to you, inquire to those who
know, and if possible, visit the exact room assigned to you a day before the examination.

10. Prepare and bring the following items on the examination day.
10.1. One (1) or more pencils (No. 2)
10.2. Sharpener (optional)
10.3. One (1) or more ball pens (Black Ink Only)
10.4. Notice of Admission (NOA)
10.5. PRC Official Receipt
10.6. One (1) Long Brown Envelope
10.7. One (1) Long Transparent (Non-colored) Plastic Envelope (for keeping valuables and
other allowed items)

11. Relax the night before the test. Don't study all that night. You surely do not want to sleep
and out focus on the day of examination. Rest your mind, if possible, plan some mild
recreation or diversion like going to church or malls. Then, go to bed early and have a good
night's sleep. Don't forget to pray.

12. Get up early enough to make a leisurely trip to the school/building assigned to you.
Arrive to the testing center on or before 6:30 AM. Late examinees will not be admitted. Do
not allow heavy traffic and unforeseen events to upset you.

13. Dress comfortably and suitably. Wear required and comfortable attires on examination
day. Remember, a board examination is not a fashion show. You will be known by numbers
and/or codes and not by name or looks anyway.

14. Leave your review paraphernalia and other prohibited examination aides at home.
Don't bring any reviewer, they may only bring confusion to you and may cause cancellation
of your examination. Bring only the items mentioned in reminder number nine (9). You may
also bring however your foods and label less bottled water. Don't starve yourself. Just
remember, KEEP YOUR ANSWERS SHEET CLEAN.

15. Pray before, during and after taking each subjects. Say your own grace every time and
always feel blessed. Ask for the divine mercy and guidance before, during and after the
examination. It will surely help you relax and overcome pressures in the total duration of the
examination.
16. Relax and stay focus while taking the test. Listen to your proctors' instructions and read
carefully the directions written on your examination answers sheet and test booklets. Don't
be afraid to ask your proctor for any clarification. Avoid wasting time over difficult questions.
Answer easy questions first, then go back to the hard ones. Do not leave items unanswered.
If there is still time, review your answers. Don't look for other examinees or anything that will
just distract and pressure you. Mind your own and stay focused. Below as guide, remember
the following while answering questions:
16.1. Read all questions carefully.
16.2. Be sure you know what is being asked.
16.3. Look at all choices before you answer.
16.4. Eliminate choices you know are wrong.
16.5. Paraphrase the questions.
16.6. Think carefully.
16.7. Check your work.
16.8. Do not commit any prohibited acts.
15 TIPS AND REMINDERS IN TAKING THE BOARD EXAMINATION
By: Jhestonie P. Pacis, LPT

1. Know the coverage of the test.


General Preparation: ENGLISH (Study and Thinking Skills, Writing in the Discipline,
Speech and Oral Communication, Philippine Literature, Master Works of the World);
FILIPINO (Komunikasyon sa Akademikong Filipino, Pagbasa at Pagsulat tungo sa
Pananaliksik, Masining na Pagpapahayag); MATHEMATICS (Fundamentals of Math,
Plane Geometry, Elementary Algebra, Statistics and Probability); SCIENCE (Biological
Science - General Biology, Physical Science - with Earth Science); SOCIAL SCIENCES
(Philippine Government New Constitution with Human Rights; Philippine History;
Basic Economics, Taxation, Agrarian Reform; Society, Culture with Family Planning;
Rizal and Other Heroes; Philosophy of Man; Arts; General Psychology; Information
and Communication Technology)
Professional Preparation:
Major Preparation: MGA BATAYANG TEORETIKAL: Introduksyon sa Pag-aaral ng Wika;
Panimulang Linggwistika. NILALAMAN: Wika; Panitikan; Metodolohiya, Pagtataya at
Ebalwasyon, at Kagamitang Pangturo

2. Review your own background. Diagnose yourself in which areas you know better and
in which you need improvement. In this case, you will be able to improve your strong
points and strengthen your weak ones. Don't just focus your mindset in areas that
you are weak or in the areas you already know fairly well.

3. Begin your preparation early. Don't just sit and wait until the last minute to go
securing for review materials. Lend time to read your review materials at least three
hours every day (one hour review in the morning, another one hour in the afternoon
and another hour in the evening). If possible, join Facebook group discussions and
messenger group chats that are aligned with your major or preferences.

4. Consider All Helpful Techniques. Ask yourself on what technique or mode you will
use best in reviewing. Are you comfortable reviewing in a noisy or silent places?
Eating while reviewing, or even taking a nap after a series of reviews. You may
consider the DiFoEx Plus Strategy in reviewing.
What is DiFoEx Strategy?
DiFoEx stands for Discipline, Focus, Excellence, and Plus (Prayers and Faith in God)

5. Prepare continuously. It is better when you read and review at least an hour a night
every day than an all-night cramming session. Do not compare yourself to your co-
teacher-examinee. Stay focused on your goal!

6. Practice yourself taking the examination. Answer at least 50 to 150 sample LET
questions every day. Practice shading sample Scranton sheets even at home and
train yourself on how to overcome the pressures and mind blocking questions.
7. Avoid distractions. Temporarily ban yourself in using mobile phones and browsing
the internet which will distract you. Opt-out to televisions and stay away in your bed
while reviewing. Motivate yourself and set your goals or reasons why you should
review. (Skip this if this is not applicable for you.)

8. Trust your reviewers. Don't doubt your reviewers and never compare the contents
available in every review material you have. They surely not written by the same
mind and people. Look for their unique parts and combine them to create a
meaningful lesson or notes that could help you. If you have questions about the
information available on your reviewers, freely ask someone you know who could
help you.

9. Locate the place of examination. Check or verify your school/building assignment


earlier at the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) official website
(www.prc.gov.ph) or through the Notice/Announcements posted at the PRC premises
two (2) to three (3) working days before the date of examination. If the location is
unfamiliar to you, inquire to those who know, and if possible, visit the exact room
assigned to you a day before the examination.

10. Prepare and bring the following items on the examination day.
One (1) or more pencils (No. 2)
Sharpener (optional)
One (1) or more ball pens (Black Ink Only)
Notice of Admission (NOA)
PRC Official Receipt
One (1) Long Brown Envelope
One (1) Long Transparent (Non-colored) Plastic Envelope (for keeping valuables and
other allowed items)

11. Relax the night before the test. Don't study all that night. You surely do not want to
sleep and out focus on the day of examination. Rest your mind, if possible, plan
some mild recreation or diversion like going to church or malls. Then, go to bed early
and have a good night's sleep. Don't forget to pray.

12. Get up early enough to take a leisurely trip to the school/building assigned to you.
Arrive at the testing center on or before 6:30 AM. Late examinees will not be
admitted. Do not allow heavy traffic and unforeseen events to upset you.

13. Dress comfortably and suitably. Wear required and comfortable attire on
examination day. Remember, a board examination is not a fashion show. You will be
known by numbers and/or codes and not by name or looks anyway.

14. Leave your review paraphernalia and other prohibited examination aides at home.
Don't bring any reviewer, they may only bring confusion to you and may cause
cancellation of your examination. Bring only the items mentioned in reminder
number nine (9). You may also bring however your foods and label-less bottled
water. Don't starve yourself. Just remember, KEEP YOUR ANSWERS SHEET CLEAN.

15. Pray before, during and after taking each subject. Say your own grace every time
and always feel blessed. Ask for divine mercy and guidance before, during and after
the examination. It will surely help you relax and overcome pressures in the total
duration of the examination.

16. Relax and stay focus while taking the test. Listen to your proctors' instructions and
read carefully the directions written on your examination answers sheet and test
booklets. Don't be afraid to ask your proctor for any clarification. Avoid wasting time
over difficult questions. Answer easy questions first, then go back to the hard ones.
Do not leave items unanswered. If there is still time, review your answers. Don't look
for other examinees or anything that will just distract and pressure you. Mind your
own and stay focused. Below as guide, remember the following while answering
questions:
16.1. Read all questions carefully.
16.2. Be sure you know what is being asked.
16.3. Look at all choices before you answer.
16.4. Eliminate choices you know are wrong.
16.5. Paraphrase the questions.
16.6. Think carefully.
16.7. Check your work.
16.8. Do not commit any prohibited acts.