SSC and HSSC Exams were a hectic on its own but the ETEA exam is a sad grey of a million other splashes.. a burden of its own kind. Deciding my future, my career and even my worth?! Am I good enough? With each passing day my heart keeps sinking deeper and deeper. Until I’m seated on that chair and my future looks back at me in the form of… wait… what …mcqs?

I’m not going to scare you, there is no portion of Pak-studies/ Urdu and there are absolutely no subjective type questions. So *yay* but that doesn’t lighten the burden of the immense importance of this test one toe nail. (Tabdeeli quam mei aye na aye, zindagi mei is test k baad ajani hai). Either a victorious king or a peasant locked up in a dungeon.

We studied the last four years, Metric and F.Sc. So we know stuff, the test is based on that stuff. Also all the other students giving the Etea are students just like us.

So listen up ! Pull yourself together cause we are about to go through some guidelines on how to be a king! (Note: not the real kind of king, the one with the crown and a kingdom. Yeah not that).

When to start preparing?

You should start preparing immediately after your fsc examination, before practical’s.


The kpk textbooks should be your main focus

But do look into:

— Practice books

— Etea

— Pretest

-Not MCAT, ECAT, SAT and other related books. Those are specifically for other tests.

If you are a potato and have forgotten how to study then

· Open book (best time is from fajr to zuhr)

· Read chapter, word by word.

· Understand chapter, concept by concept.

· Prove your worth by answering the end questions.

· Solve mcqs from above mentioned books.

Things to focus on per subject:


1. Formulas.

2. Relation of different physical quantities.

3. Conceptualized end of chapter questions.


1. Diagrams.

2. Avoid dates and names of scientists who made discoveries. Its time consuming and you probably won’t remember them at the end.


1. Active/passive

2. Direct/indirect

3. Grammar rules

4. Vocabulary (there would be around 2–3 Mcqs related to meanings of words so go through words done in your coaching academies or past papers. Don’t read too much into it).

What About Joining A Coaching Academy?

According to a survey held at 2012 by an ETEA topper

in which 58 students participated:

out of the 65% of the students 19% considered their decision of joining academy wrong.( ICA=25%, FCA=6% Alhamra=5%)
Out of the ones who didn’t join any academy only 1% considered this decision of not joining an academy, wrong.

So basically,
-If you are a studious student and had worked hard enough during your F.Sc. you don’t need to join an academy.
-If you are weak in one particular subject, only do tuition for that subject.
-If you are not a very hard working, then i think you should join an academy.

The Most Important Question:How Many MCQ’s Should You Attempt?

According to another survey held in 2013 by an ETEA topper

100 students took part. Following is the result of that survey:
Total students=100
13% attempted 190–200 MCQ’s, out of which:
10% scored=690+
38% =600–689
23% =550–599
23% =500–549*
29% attempted 180–189 MCQ’s, out of which:
0% scored=690+
7% =650–689
38% =600–649
48% =550–599
6% =500–549*
25% attempted 170–179 MCQ’s, out of which:
0% scored=690+
16% =650–689
24% =600–649
44% =550–599
12% =500–549*
19% attempted 160–169 MCQ’s,out of which:
0% scored =650+
5% =600–650
68% =550–599
26% =500–549*
10% attempted 150–159 MCQs,out of which:
10% scored =600+
30% =550–599
50% =500–549*
10% =450–500*

5 students attempted 140–149 MCQ’s, and their marks are 516*,528*,509*,550,474*.

So you can see from the above data, that if you want to score high in the test (i-e 550+), you should at least attempt 170 mcq’s.(165–170)
Don’t leave an mcq if you have doubt in it, apply this rule;if you are confused between two options, and are sure that the other two options are wrong, then do attempt the mcq.( there is 50% chance that you will get it right), But if you don’t have any idea about any option, then you can leave it.(there is 75% chance that you will get it wrong in this case)

How To Attempt The Test:

Don’t attempt all the Mcqs in one go.

— Solve the simple straightforward MCQ’s first, (like those of bio and English).

— Then, solve those Mcq’s which require a bit of reasoning.

— Leave the most difficult Mcq’s for the last go. If you get stuck in an Mcq, leave it and come to it in the end.

About filling the blocks:
a- Either fill them at the same time as you solve the Mcq’s

b- or solve the Mcq’s given on one side of a page ( there are usually 10–12 mcq’s on one side) and then fill their blocks.


Seek help from your lord, most merciful.

If Allah wants, you will succeed. So don’t forget to pray to your Rab, the owner of your destiny. All he has to say is ‘kun’ and it will happen. So pray for yourself after each salah.