New Delhi, May 20: Harried students preparing for the upcoming JEE and NEET exams can now take mock tests in the safety and comfort of their homes.
Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched a new mobile app called the ‘National Test Abhyas’ on Tuesday, which has been launched to facilitate candidates’ access to high-quality mock tests since there was a demand for making up the loss to students due to closure of educational institutions and NTA’s Test-Practice Centres (TPCs) due to the continuing lockdown.
With this facility for the students, the country is attempting to restore a semblance of normalcy in one more crucial area – test preparations – at a time when there have been significant changes in life around the world.
Students across the country can use the app to access high-quality tests, free of cost, in a bid to be fully prepared for the upcoming JEE, NEET and other competitive exams. The tests can be easily downloaded and completed off-line, thus economising on Internet availability too and will help students in areas with low bandwidth, an official release here said.
Mr Pokhriyal, speaking at the launch, hailed the timely launch, saying it was designed to ensure that no student was left behind in getting exposure to practice testing, especially when student’s loss due to closure of educational institutions is to be compensated and NTA’s Test-Practice Centres are shut due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
The app will make available practice tests on smartphones or computers for all students in India irrespective of their level of access to devices and quality of the network. It also has an offline mode where students, on downloading the mock tests, can attempt the test without the Internet.
The app works on Android-based smartphones and tablets and can be downloaded from Google Play Store. It will be soon available on iOS.
Once students download the app, they will need to sign-up or register with some basic details, create a free account, and then start accessing mock tests free of cost for their selected examination(s).
NTA plans to release one new mock test on the app every day, which students can then download and attempt offline. Once the test is completed, students can go online again to submit the test and view their test report.
In addition, NTA has developed an extensive support system at http://nta.ac.in/abhyas/help.
“The NTA has also instituted live support from 1000 hrs to midnight for the first seven days of the release to ensure that any issues experienced by the students are proactively addressed,” the HRD minister said.
Over the last year, edutech as a sector has witnessed a lot of innovation especially in leveraging advanced technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, going beyond the simple digital distribution of content.
Every student is unique and requires specific guidance to detect and overcome gaps in knowledge and test-taking strategy.
The test report on the NTA Mock Test App comes with a detailed breakdown of students’ performance through which they can understand their personalised path to achieving better scores in their entrance examination.