It’s that time of the year when everyone’s out to impress everybody. No, I don’t mean Valentine’s Day. It’s THAT time of the year when coaching institutes across the country are desperately trying to get their hands on the personal details of as many students as they can, so that post IIT JEE / AIEEE results they can thump their chests and say “Our students!”.
Meanwhile, students have a field day getting free resources. Take FIITJEE for example. Class X / XII students can get free Board mock test papers couriered to themselves – just give ’em your details. I know the site says registration date has closed, but that doesn’t seem so because the form is still online. Had applied way back, but remembered it because I got my set a few days back. Haven’t opened it yet, will use them for practise tests at a later date.
Also mulling on joining some test series. Online, preferably, because that gives me the freedom to do what I want when I want to do it. And I like the whole instant feedback, loads of graphs and analysis thingy. That’s why I like our Career Launcher mock tests – amazing amount of detailed breakdowns – really helps to know where you’re slipping.
I *could* get some stuff on the cheap, say from a friendly photocopy shop (“Long live Xerox! Ra, ra, ra!” being one of my favourite chants) in or around the ghastly neighbourhood of Kalu Sarai; but it really doesn’t give a sense of where you stand by giving rankings et al.
So well, I stumbled across these sites – 100percentile.com, and online.brilliant-tutorials.com. Apparently, FIITJEE is supposed to have something of that sort too, because their site talks of ‘online tests and doubt clearing’. Now I’ve asked a LOT of my friends in FIITJEE what that means, and they say they’ve never seen or done an online test ever. Ditto for online doubt clearance. The only thing that happens is Pinnacle students like Jimi can asks doubts by scrapping their teachers on Orkut. Bah! Humbug.
Anyway, I digress. 100percentile, is a tie up with one of the biggest names there is – Vidyamandir Classes. The suckers, however, require you to use a desktop application to connect to their system, and attempt tests. That’s because the geniuses figured you might want to do it offline. Obviously, the application is Windows-only. Whoever heard of Macs and Linux in India, eh?
Brilliant Tutorials, on the other hand, has online test series offerings (browser-based) for IIT JEE, AIEEE, and BITSAT. Even this one seems to be a tie up with some other web firm, but it sounds tempting to join. Mmm. The only thing I’m waiting for is their reply on whether the rankings they provide will be combined ones with those giving their ‘offline’ BMAT test series, or stand alone for online ones. If it’s the former, they’ve got one new customer.