Quote from sexigeli
does anyone know how the entrance exams for UDC is as per level of diffculty/easy. Planning on taking it soon. any advice. anyone please. i'm scared cos it's my first exam in the states moved here early last year.
Any recommendations as to what books to look at will be greatly appreciated.
Well the answer is that it depends on how smart you are. I don't mean that in an offensive way. You can be a generally intelligent person, but lack knowledge in certain areas. I thought the first section on vocabularly was particularly easy. However, when I put my pencil down, I heard some other people remark about how difficult they thought it was. It was an accumulation of lifetime as well as school experience that prepared me for that.
I thought that the last section on reading comprehension was difficult because the passages were boring and technical. However, they give you plenty of time so that you can go back and re-read stuff and make sure you are answering the question right. I found that I had enough time in each section to go back and review my answers before the time was up.
The science part drew from what I learned mostly in high school chemistry and college biology. For example, I remember a number of questions relating to different parts of the cell: mitochondria, etc. Perhaps the study guides will help you freshen up on that.
If you do not already know this, you should be clear that these exams are partly testing your skill in taking these kinds of exams. It is not just about your basic subject knowledge. This is especially important in the math section. When you study, you should learn how to recognize types of questions. There are strategies for analyzing and addressing certain types of questions. That makes a difference so you don't end of spending a lot of time doing unnecessary calculations. This is why students are able to answer so quickly in the It's Academic TV quiz show. Also, there are strategies to approach multiple choice questions -- for example where you toss out the oddball answers and see what you have left.
By the way, I was not impressed by the number of students who did not bring their own pencils to use in taking the test. And a couple of them actually left their cell phones on and answered them during the test!