The general information part is often a challenging part of taking college entrance exams (CETs). This is because the questions can come from anywhere, so reviewing for them effectively can be difficult. However, this does not mean you have to go in blind. Here are some ways you can prepare yourself:

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As mentioned, the questions can come from anywhere under the sun. Because of this, it is important to read and learn as much as you can, no matter how random. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fact about history, or current events, or something else. Arming yourself with as much information as you can helps increase your chances of knowing something others might not.

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With the aforementioned unpredictability of the test, there is a good chance there is a question you will not be sure of the answers for. What do you then? You try to rule out wrong answers.

It’s possible the questions have an obviously wrong answer, so you obviously will not choose them. For example:

  1. How many countries are there in the world?
    • 195
    • 20
    • 9
    • 175

Given these choices you can obviously eliminate 9 and 20. Even just looking at the flag emojis on your phone tells you there are more than 20 countries. The choice then comes down to 195 and 175. Forming educated guesses like these increase your chances of getting the answer right.

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If even after eliminating the obviously wrong answers, you’re still not sure what the answer is, it’s best to move on and come back to the question later. Chances are high that you will be pressed for time, so staying too long on one question means risking being unable to answer a question you do know the answer to.

Staying on a question can also decrease your confidence, which can negatively affect how you take the rest of the test.

Looking up and doing practice tests will benefit you. There are multiple easily accessible ones online.

Practice tests help give you a better idea of what type of questions will be asked. This can help build your confidence by helping you feel more prepared. Additionally, practice tests also help by giving you an idea of how pressed for time you will be. This can help you strategise how to better take the test if you encounter problems like find yourself having a really difficult time finishing the practice tests within the allotted time.

If all else fails, and you really don’t know the answer, just take a random guess. As much as possible, don’t leave an item blank. In a question with four choices, blind guessing gives you a 25% chance of getting the right answer, better than 0%.

All this being said, it may be hard, but if you work hard, it will pay off in the end. Good luck!

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