How To Prepare For Pre Board Exams In 10 Days

Appearing for the CBSE Exam this year? Well, it’s time to leave no stones unturned for the upcoming CBSE board examination. Presently, you might be getting geared up for taking the penultimate test of the year. The preliminary exam conducted by your school is one of the ways to find out how well you are prepared for one of the significant exams of your life.  


students have varying attitudes towards the pre-board exams. Some take it very seriously, almost as seriously as the boards. While some students treat the pre-boards in a very casual manner, since it is not THE exam itself.

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Our take is that the pre-boards are an opportunity – an excellent chance to gauge on how ready you are for the upcoming CBSE board examination. Also, pre-board exams are especially a great way to get equipped with the standard board examination routine, so gear up and begin preparation as if it were your board examination. Here’s what you should know –

  • A good pre-board score (75-90%) indicates that you’ve been doing things the right way. Though, it is NOT a signal to sit back and rest on your laurels!
  • A not-so-good pre-board score (55-70%) is a sign that you’ve been lagging in your preparation and that you need to start studying at full throttle to get a decent score in your boards.
  • A bad pre-board score (less than 50 %) is a cause for worry. You definitely need to pull up your socks and get your act together!

We bring to you some pre-board preparation tips that will help you keep your cool & crack pre-boards 2020!

Keep calm & cover your syllabi!

Irrespective of which bracket out of the three aforementioned categories you fall in, it is time to set tame down the panic, anxiety and fear and focus on what lies ahead. Concentrate on covering your entire course material instead of losing sleep over what lies ahead. Instead of stopping every other moment to wonder how bad your pre-board performance will be, utilise that time to cover another chapter!

Plan & prioritise

If you feel that there is no way you’d be able to finish your syllabus in time for the pre-boards, then chalk out the most important and difficult topics that you should cover in each subject. Prioritise which chapters should be covered keeping in mind the upcoming board exams. But make sure you cover the left-out topics after your pre-boards. You don’t want to take chances with the big exam now, do you?

Practice does make perfect

This adage might sound cliché but there’s no avoiding the truth in it! Stock up on as many sample papers as you can and practice at least one a day. But make sure that you take these tests in conditions similar to an actual pre-board exam i.e. finish taking the test within the stipulated time, and try your level best in solving the questions morally. Reviewing your answer sheet is more critical. Mark your answers according to the CBSE marking scheme. Identify areas where you need improvement, work on them accordingly.

(Also read: 5 ways to keep your brain sharp)

Exercise, eat & sleep right

A research conducted by Dr Charles Hillman at the University of Illinois showed that after a 30-minute stint on the treadmill, students actually do up to 10 % better at problem solving. Exercise is a proven and ideal “brain-builder”. Aerobic activity gets your heart beat up and stimulates thinking. So as a daily practice – go out, take a walk, kick a ball around and come back refreshed to study.

Similar research shows that students learn better when they’re well nourished. Eat healthy for better memory retention, alertness and faster information processing. Skip the junk food & sugary fizzy drinks when you’re studying, they’d make you sluggish & slow you down. Instead take your meals on time and snack on healthy options like roasted chana (nuts), almonds & fruits.

Don’t compromise with your sleep time. Sleeping helps you consolidate whatever you’ve learnt in a day. Lack of sleep can therefore have a detrimental effect on your studies. 6-7 hours of restful sleep and you’ll be as good as new the next day!

(Also read: 8 foods to increase your brainpower)

Last word of advice: Treat the pre-board exams as a part of your preparation for the board exams. Pre-boards are meant to help you and not stress you out. Make full use of this opportunity!

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About Nishatha Abraham Bijeesh

Nishatha has been writing about education in India and abroad for the last 9 years. She has been in the digital marketing industry for 8+ years and specializes in content marketing. Nothing annoys her more than slow wi-fi, incorrect usage of the apostrophe and people mispronouncing her name. She prefers not to talk about herself in the third person, but reluctantly, had to do so here!