National Testing Service, known as NTS is an organization that conducts performance evaluation academic tests for students in Pakistan. Read Simple and basic NTS Test Preparation Tips to pass out NAT, NAT-I, NAT-II and GAT in first try.
This testing system was introduced for granting scholarships to those deserving and intelligent students that want to go and study abroad.
As time passed, it became an organization as a whole, which is now considered necessary to hire by various institutes and colleges of the country, when conducting different admission tests.
Every month it conducts almost one or two tests and the fee required for appearing in this test ranges from 500 to 700 PKR, exclusive of the bank and dispatch charges. Approximately 40 to 50 thousand candidates appear in these exams.
We have often heard of Education Testing Service (ETS) of United States. NTS follows the same objective and purpose, and is similar to it.
These exams are held basically to evaluate and determine the intellectual level of students, for admission to a particular institute, and to determine the qualifications of those students that are studying abroad on an advanced level.
Types of Tests under NTS
There are two main types of tests offered by NTS. These include:
National Aptitude Test (NAT) is conducted for students that are seeking admission to different institutes. It is further divided into two types:
It is for those students who have completed 12 years of education.This further consists of:
NAT-IA, which is conducted for Arts and Humanities students.
- NAT-IM for Pre-Medical students
- NAT-IE for Pre-Engineering students.
This test is for those students who have completed 14 years of education. This is further subdivided into:
- NAT-IIA for Arts and Social Sciences group
- NAT-IIB conducted for Biological group
- NAT-IIP Physical Science group
- NAT-IIO which is conducted for Oriental and Islamic Studies group
- NAT-IIM for Management group.
- The test is MCQ-based only.
- Total number of MCQs are 90 in NAT-I
- Time duration of NAT-I paper is 2 hours.
- Time duration of NAT-II is also 2 hours.
- Total number of MCQs in NAT-II is 100.
- The test is answered on computer readable answer sheet which is known as OMR sheet.
- No negative marking.
It stands for Graduate Assessment test. It is conducted for those students that are acquiring admission for post-graduate education, so it requires 16 years of education.
NTS Test Preparation
Start your NTS Test Preparation according to given patterns and syllabus to pass out without any failure in first attempt.
Each test has four parts.
- Verbal Ability -20 MCQs
- Analytical Reasoning -20 MCQs
- Quantitative Reasoning -20 MCQs
- Subject Knowledge -30 MCS in NAT-I and 40 MCQs in NAT-II paper
The last part differs in both NAT tests, whereas the remaining three are similar for both of them. Let’s discuss each part one by one.
The MCQs of this portion are prepared to test the mental ability and knowledge of the student about English language. The objective of this part is to test the English grammar, comprehension, understanding towards English language, sentence completion and analogical skills of the student, as its name suggests.
The sentence completion questions contain one or two blanks along with four or five options among which the correct one is to be chosen. Students have to choose the best option that completes the sentence correctly, with appropriate grammar.
Students have to read the questions carefully and select the option according to the meaning and grammar. Also, if there are two blanks instead of one, then the student should select that option that focuses on the mutual relation and when put in the sentence, the pair of words should make sense.
Following criteria should be fulfilled:
- Grammar should be correct. (Parts of speech should be kept in mind).
- Correct in vocabulary.
- Correct filler in accordance to the overall content.
- Should make sense.
There are analogical questions in which the candidate is asked to select the suitable word from options that have similar relation with the given word. High level of thinking is demanded to choose the right option. You have to pick that word which has relationship similar to that mentioned in the given one.
There may be various questions like synonyms and antonym to judge how good you are at analogical thinking. There is no logic behind it, you just have to learn them from your English grammar book and increase your vocabulary.
In comprehension questions, a paragraph or a particular scenario is given and you have to read it carefully to get its actual meaning, and then using that knowledge you need to answer the questions given below it. Not everything is put in front of you in the paragraph, there may be some hidden meanings too. All you need is to focus and grab the meaning carefully. These questions are prepared to check the comprehensive powers of the candidate.
Analytical Reasoning Questions
These questions evaluate the analytical skills of candidate, which means how much ability the candidate has to perceive the given situation.
A scenarios or statement is given in any form. It may be paragraph, table or set of facts. He may be asked to solve the problem or tell the conclusion of a process. These questions require a lot of thinking and logical reasoning. Knowledge of mathematics may be a plus point in some cases.
It consists of questions that are based on simple arithmetic, simple algebra and simple geometry. To solve them accurately, you need to be perfect at mathematics. Though they seem simple but involve some tricks. You have to solve the missing data in question.
In geometry you have make an extra sketch of question in your mind which may help you solve the question easily. For better understanding, you need to learn the basic concepts of mathematics, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry and should have a sound knowledge of using mathematical and algebra operators.
Problems of the System
NTS is facing a few problems too. It seems strange that a student first has to appear in exams at the graduate level and after graduation, he has to appear in the NTS examination again. This is mainly because HEC does not trust examinations at university or college level. If this was true then HEC should finish these examinations, in order to save the precious time of teachers and expenses paid by the students. Also students will get relief from burden of passing the same exams twice.
HEC should also encourage institutes to hold separate exams for students who want to studies at their own expenses. Effective steps need to be taken to reduce the problems the students are facing because of it.