How to Prepare for IB ACIO Tier 2 English Descriptive Paper 2017

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How to Prepare for IB ACIO Tier 2 English Descriptive Paper 2017

IB ACIO Tier 2 English Descriptive Paper: Recently, The Ministry of Home Affairs declared the Tier I result on their website. The shortlisted candidates will now appear for Tier 2 English Descriptive paper which is scheduled to be held on 25 February 2018 (Sunday).

In this article, we will primarily discuss the important information related to IB ACIO Tier 2 Exam. Along with that, we will be providing some crucial tips on “How to Prepare for IB ACIO Tier 2 English Descriptive Paper”.

 

How to Prepare for IB ACIO Tier 2 English Descriptive Paper

The Descriptive Paper is basically designed to check the candidate’s writing skills, which is a must for Government Jobs.

The Descriptive Test of 60 Minutes duration with 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Essay, Reading Comprehension & Precise Writing). Also, For Tier-II examination, there will be a minimum cut off marks of 33%. Let’s now move further to our main topic on how to prepare for IB ACIO Tier 2 English Descriptive Paper.

As much importance the exam holds in determining the final outcome of IB ACIO result, the exam does not come with a prescribed syllabus and thus remains a topic of worry among most of the students. There is no definite topic on which the aspirants can be asked to write an essay in the exam, like General Studies. Thus, the option of the rote method of preparation is out of the question. This fact makes it a challenging aspect of the IB Tier 2 English Descriptive exam. There are a few Reading Comprehension & Essay writing tips to keep in mind while writing for IB Tier 2 examination.

Reading Comprehension Tips

To explain a few tips and tricks on how to attempt reading comprehension questions, let us take one example and elaborate

What immediately needed today is the establishment of a World Government or an International Federation of Mankind. It is the utmost necessity of the world today, and all those persons who wish to see all human beings happy and prosperous naturally feel it keenly.
Of course, at times, we all feel that many of our problems of our political, social and cultural life would come to an end if there were one Government all over the world. Travelers, businessmen, seekers of knowledge and teachers of righteousness know very well that great impediments and obstructions are faced by them when they pass from one country to another, exchange goods, get information, and make an effort to spread their good gospel among their fellow-men.
In the past, religious sects divided one set of people against another, color of the skin or construction of the body set one against the other. But today when philosophical light has exploded the darkness that was created by religious differences, and when scientific knowledge has falsified the theory of social superiority and when modern inventions have enabled human beings of all religious views and of all races and colors to come in frequent contact with one another, it is the governments of various countries that keep people of one country apart from those of another.
The government creates artificial barriers, unnatural distinctions, unhealthy isolation, unnecessary fears and dangers in the minds of the common men who by their nature want to live in friendship with their fellow-men. But all these evils would cease to exist if there were one Government all over the world.

Find your comfort zone

There are many people who have pushed the conservative technique of reading the passage first and then answering the questions. Whereas nowadays, people feel comfortable in looking through the questions first. There isn’t any specific rule abided to the approach of reading comprehension. You can clearly choose whatever approach you are comfortable with. Practice several passages following both of the approaches and make the choice which suits you best.
For example: Given below is an extract from the passage and a question from it. You can apply whichever approach you want to and see for yourself which one actually conserves time.

The government creates artificial barriers, unnatural distinctions, unhealthy isolation, unnecessary fears and dangers in the minds of the common men who by their nature want to live in friendship with their fellow-men. But all these evils would cease to exist if there were one Government all over the world.

Q. What do the government of various countries do to keep people of one country apart from those of another?

You have to write all the information as- Government creates artificial barriers, unnatural distinctions, and unnecessary fears and dangers in the minds of the people. Also, it fosters unhealthy isolation.

Time Management

The primitive and the most important tip for clearing the competitive exams is time management. A study timetable can certainly help when it comes to managing time. Your first concern should be to divide the stipulated time of the examination then, allow a certain time to each section, based on your strengths and weaknesses. Always stay ahead of the time. Practice and attempt reading comprehension exercises with the help of a timer and you will have a fair knowledge of time management.
For example: The above given passage should not take more than a minute’s time to read and comprehend. If you are not able to do so, increase your reading speed. Do not waste time in understanding a particular word. Attempt reading comprehension section by keeping the time constraint in mind.

Improve your vocabulary

As mentioned above, you need to focus on improving your vocabulary to nail down the second part of the reading comprehension section. For this, you should start reading newspapers on a regular basis and also follow magazines, articles, books, anything that helps you to get immersed in the English language. Write down words which you find difficult to understand and also write up their synonyms and antonyms. Make a list of these and regularly revise them till the date of your examination.
For Example: Focus on the extract given below.

The government creates artificial barriers, unnatural distinctions, unhealthy isolation, unnecessary fears and dangers in the minds of the common men who by their nature want to live in friendship with their fellow-men

The word “isolation” in the last paragraph has various synonyms like- Separation, Segregation, Reclusion etc. The antonyms for the same can be Annexation, Companionship etc. Make a list of difficult words from the passages you read along with their synonyms/antonyms and revise them.

Focus on First and Last paragraphs to understand the theme

The author of the passage usually tries to introduce his topic through the first paragraph and concludes its implications in the last paragraph. If you face any trouble finding the overall purpose or point of the given passage, it is advised to follow the pattern of first and last paragraphs.
For example: In the above given passage, the first paragraph introduces the idea of establishing a world government which will help ensure a smooth flow of travel between countries. The last paragraph talks about various obstructions faced by people who want to live peacefully together with the world. This provides us the basic outline of the passage i.e. the need for a collective power of organisation to tackle world issues and live together as world citizens.

Practice with mock papers

After keeping these basic factors in mind, you should start practicing with the help of online reading comprehension or through previous year papers. By solving different papers, you will be able to understand and identify what kind of questions appears for the exam. You should start with understanding the concept of the passage and you can even draw inferences. Do not get panicked if you are not able to understand a given word. Always trust your instincts and move forward. Attempt reading comprehension with ease and a calm mind.

Apart from these given tips, the most important one is to never lose your composure. Always stay positive and do not panic during the exams. You cannot afford to waste your time by over-thinking or over-analyzing a given passage. Make efficient use of time, practice and attempt reading comprehension questions every day.

Essay Writing Tips

There are a few essay writing tips to keep in mind while writing for IB ACIO Tier II examination.

Know the Essay Format

It is important for all candidates to understand that essays do not mean scribbling down your thoughts in the order that they appear to you. Essays are formatted text that flows a structured path beginning with introductions and end in logical conclusions. Here is an essay format outline, for example, have a look:

  • Introduction
  • Background / History related
  • Main concept / theory / what the subject is about
  • Current scenario related to it.
  • Good sides
  • Negative sides / obstacles
  • Suggested reforms
  • Conclusion.

Never Beat Around the Bush

Examiners scrutinize your essays for useful information, logical arguments, and sensible conclusions. Beating about the bush only frustrates the examiner discouraging him to pay heed to the rest of the text.

Make a rule that every line that you right conveys something meaningful and that you are not ranting random thoughts throughout the paper.

Don’t Deviate Off-Topic

Go off topic and you risk losing the interest of the examiner forever. Additionally, this would be counted as bad essay etiquette and can result in bad marks.

Be Mindful of the Tone of your Writing

A neutral point of view and a little human concern sane up to the tone of your essay making it meritorious. Abusive language, irrational musings, and flowery language can change the meaning of the sentences as they create confusion.

Keep these points in your mind while writing an essay in IB ACIO Tier II English Descriptive paper.

Note: Essays are formulated on thoughts. Thus, they are indirectly a reflection of an aspirant’s personality, ideas, opinions, analysis and assessment of the situation. The test is of values, attitude, aptitude, clarity of thought and writing ability.

We hope this article provides you with useful information. Let us know if you have any doubts or queries in the comments section below. All the Best for IB ACIO Tier 2 English Descriptive Paper.

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