CBSE Class XII English board examination tips

In board examinations, an essential measure that helps students get a boost in higher classes is percentage scored. English as a language not only helps students score well, but gives them an essential skill for lifetime.
Being able to communicate in a grammatically correct language with good comprehension and knowledge is must in the current scenario. Helping student score well by guiding them, Mahua Duttagupta, English subject expert suggests the best techniques for cracking class XII CBSE English board examination 2020.
Basic tips for various sections
1. Reading Section- Attempt All Questions
2. Writing Section
      a. Follow Word Limit
      b. Paragraphs are must in writing letter, articles and other writing skills.
      c. Grammatical accuracy desired
3. Literature Section: Newly included lessons should receive priority.
How to prepare for English board examination?

  • Studies should be completed well in advance as timely preparations will decide the scores.
  • Selective study should be avoided. Syllabus should be followed for preparation.
  • Focus on understanding the lesson rather than learning by rote for long term retention.
  • Read every lesson at least six times to get acquainted with the text.
  • Browse through the patterns of questions and accordingly prepare every chapter.
  • Reading sample question papers for variety should be made a regular habit.
  • Collect answers from diverse resources to enrich the content.
  • Making a blue print of answers with appropriate points offer less chances for errors. The CBSE prescribed format for answers especially in the Writing Skill Section must be followed diligently.
  • Be aware of the question type and the marks, it helps to plan the time effectively.
  • Solve one/two test papers every week and complete it within three hours. Get it checked to locate errors and rectify them.
  • Make the habit of framing correct sentences and neat handwriting.

 Technique for Answering the paper

  • Utilize fifteen minutes of reading time effectively to get acquainted with the question and sequence answer presentation accordingly.
  • Attempt that section which is more familiar as it had been planned during the preparation period     
  • Choose questions wisely to receive more marks.
  • Attempt all the questions while following the instructions given in the paper. If not sure of the answer leave some space according to the allotted marks and complete it later but never leave it out. Avoid unnecessary bifurcation.
  • Do not copy any question to waste time.
  • Write the precise question number for the attempted answer to avoid confusion of an erroneous entry.
  • Avoid very long sentences, double negatives and idiomatic language.
  • Literature answers from the Prose Section should be written in Past Tense and Past Perfect Tense.
  • Poetry Section Answers may be written in either Past/Present Tense
  • Understand the question before writing the answer.
  • Short questions of two marks in the Literature Section should have 2/3 value points while the six marks long question should have 4/5 value points
  • Spelling and Tense errors for Writing Skills and Literature Section should be avoided.
  • A legible handwriting is one of the key factors to make the examiners read the answers comfortably.
  • Break the answer into paragraphs for long questions like letters, articles, debate, speech and reports and underline the value points, key words and phrases while writing the answer. It might be difficult to do line by line revision later and also to emphasize the selected points.
  • Avoid frequent cancellation as it makes the answer sheet very untidy.
  • Write absolutely precise answers for RTC questions.
  • The paper should be completed within 2 hrs and 45 mins. 15 mins should be exclusively reserved for revision.