Friday, May 12, 2017

Top Five Myths about Taking Exams You Should Not Believe

Countries such as the Philippines have a diverse culture. This can be attributed to history where other nations like Spain, Japan and the U.S. colonized and invaded the Philippines. According to the National Commission on Indigenous People, there are about 110 indigenous communities in the Philippines that speak different languages and share different cultural norms. This diversity influenced the belief of people that, until now, they still believe in myths. You have probably heard old stories from your classmates in a TOEFL review center in Davao. From the creation of the human beings to the rituals they do and the food they eat, even on taking exams, there are myths which people consider to explain these events. These myths, in turn, can become misconceptions if not debunked.

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When did people start believing in myths?
The word myth came from the Greek word mythology, which means “the spoken story of people.” Nations around the world have myths that tell stories about their people, culture and origin. Our ancestors created myths to explain events, especially those that threaten their lives.

Today, one of the things that scare people, particularly the students, is exams. Since Filipinos have a conservative culture, you have probably heard stories in TOEFL review Philippines that can affect your performance.

What are the top five myths that scare students when taking exams?

Attending training sessions in TOEFL review Philippines is one of the challenges that students face. Lectures and discussions add to the stress of meeting new people. If you are in Mindanao, you may be one of the many students who have probably heard tales about passing practice tests and keeping good study habits when enrolled in a TOEFL review center in Davao.

Are all these stories real? Sometimes what make them seem real is that people keep talking about them, thereby becoming a misconception. Here are the top five myths about taking exams that you should not believe.

1.    Some people are good at taking English exams; they are born with it. False. Taking exams require conditioning your physical, emotional and mental state. Your classmate(s) may have earned better scores than you during your practice tests because they have mastered the four components of the TOEFL exam. This is not because they are born with incredible English language skills.

Tip: Develop study habits that you can commit to do. Do better by studying your lectures after class and taking practice tests different from those provided in the review center.

2.    Only with poor classroom standing students get nervous during exams. False. Based on the ChildLine National Exam Stress Survey, out of 1,300 participants, 96% feel anxious about exams.  You do not need to worry because everybody experiences nervousness, only at different levels. This is how the body reacts when something threatens the system. The key is to keep stress at a manageable level.

Tip: De-stress after an exam or practice test. Go out with friends or treat yourself to a spa. 

3.    I do not have an American accent, so I will not ace the TOEFL exam. False. Having an American accent is good. However, it is not the basis of getting a high score in the exam. The speaking component of the TOEFL test examines a student's ability to speak clearly and to comprehend the English language at the university level. You do not need to have an American accent to ace the TOEFL exam.

Tip: Watch English movies, news, TV series and others to improve your articulation and pronunciation.

4.    Cramming always works. False. Preparation time for TOEFL is essential. You still have to review for the exam even if you received excellent remarks in school. Not everything can be learned in one day. You have all the time, so why cram?

Tip: Come up with a schedule that you can commit to follow. Doing so allows you to allot time for activities that you need to accomplish.

5.    The TOEFL test varies depending on countries. False. The TOEFL exam in all countries has the same content. It is standardized to be fair to those people who are from non-native English-speaking countries. The only difference is the format. The TOEFL paper-based test or PBT is administered in countries where the Internet is not available. However, the TOEFL Internet-based exam or iBT is widely administered.

Myths are created to provide explanations to things and circumstances during the ancient times. In this day and age, there is no reason for you to believe and be affected by them. Acing the TOEFL exam depends highly on your knowledge and ability to use the English language in various situations.

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