Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends. Wow. @iammeria and I were fangirling so much in our seats. This is probably the best movie I’ve seen in ages. Although I kinda wish they didn’t stay dwell too much on Kenshin’s training to make room for more fight scenes (poor Usui haha—then again the training part was also important), overall, the movie did not disappoint. It’s rare that a movie can deviate from the original storyline in some ways, but still manages to get the points that matter incorporated. Because of that, this movie gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
A number of people have asked me about tips on taking the NMAT. Honestly, I’m not sure what to say since I haven’t taken the NMAT myself and test-taking varies from person to person. I suppose the general tips would have to suffice:
1. Be ready mentally. Whenever we take an exam, we normally study beforehand, right? At the very least, you should acquaint yourself with the subject matter you’re about to be tested on. CEM (the organization responsible for holding the NMAT) has some practice test questions available which you can try answering. You ought to time yourself while you’re at it, too. Also, there are review centers that offer NMAT review classes.
2. Make sure you have completed all the requirements. Quite self-explanatory.
3. On the night before the exam, don’t do anything stressful or strenuous, be it physical, mental, or psychological. Don’t wear yourself out on some crazy workout routine you’ve incorporated into your physical-mental booster regimen followed by answering the entire NMAT reviewer, and then have your girlfriend/boyfriend complain that you’re not spending time together anymore because of your preparations for NMAT. None of that, please. What do you do then? Have fun and relax. You need to be in tip-top shape for the exam the following day. Stressing out on anything at all will not help.
4. Have enough sleep and eat breakfast (I prefer a light breakfast only). Headaches, dizziness, and gastrointestinal distress can be quite distracting during the exam.
5. Know the location of your assigned room and be there early. You do not want to be lost and then possibly miss this life-changing exam. (Wow, life-changing. Haha. But srsly. :| )
6. Bring ALL the pens and pencils! Well, not really… You will be told what you have to bring for the exam. Bring them plus extra. (If you won’t need them, maybe someone else will. Oh diba, may new friend ka pa—chances of this happening are close to nil, but it’s always better to be prepared). I don’t know if they let you bring calculators, but bring one anyway. Bottom line: be prepared.
7. Take note of the time you’re given to answer and don’t stay too long in one number. One thing I do is marking the number of a question I know but can’t recall the answer to so I can get back to it later (15 minutes before time’s up, at the latest).
8. When only five minutes remain, mark any letter for the remaining numbers – better to have a 25% chance of getting it right than 0%. But this only works for tests that aren’t right minus wrong; NMAT isn’t right minus wrong, I think. Review your answer sheet to make sure you didn’t miss any question.
9. Stay calm and focused when taking the exam so you can think properly. Follow instructions. Be careful that the letter you marked corresponds to the right question number.
10. Even if you don’t know the answer, critical thinking can help you find it. Aside from stock knowledge, test-taking skills are important, especially in a multiple choice exam.
11. Lastly, it doesn’t hurt to pray – before for guidance and after for gratitude.
Well, that’s it. Good luck!