E-learning using an internet-based learning platform is growing day by day, with new means being developed in order to combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak by learning from home. With that in consideration, the HRD Ministry has launched an AI-powered mock test mobile application for students aspiring for JEE Main 2020 as well as NEET 2020, conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).
The mobile application has been named ‘National Test Abhyas’ and is currently available on Android Play Store only. The Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, said, “The launch of this application is to ensure that no student is left behind in getting exposure to practising mock tests, especially when students’ loss due to closure of educational institutions is to be compensated and NTA’s Test-Practice Centers are also shut due to the COVID-19 lockdown.” NTA Test Practice Centers were set-up by NTA to enable students to practice mock tests in an exam-like environment.
Mr Pokhriyal said that students all over the country can use this application to practice mock tests of JEE Main as well as NEET. Currently, JEE Main is conducted only using Computer-Based Mode while NEET is conducted using pen and paper mode.
As of now, there is only one mock test for each of the examinations. NTA has planned to upload one new mock test on the application every day for both JEE and NEET. Students can then download and attempt the mocks offline as well. Once the test is completed, students can go online to submit the mock test and review their test report. Students can easily sign up using their email address or phone number in order to start attempting mock tests. The application size is 19 MB as per the Play Store.
“The NTA has also set up live support from 10 AM to midnight for the first seven days of the release of the application to help with any issues experienced by the students who are attempting the mock tests”, HRD minister said.
The issue with areas under low internet speed is not being able to take mock tests due to uneven internet. This problem is solved with the ability to download the full test offline. “It’s evident that the app’s major benefit is that the test works perfectly even without the internet if it has been downloaded in the device. This will prove advantageous for students in areas of low internet bandwidth and remove obstacles in the way of online or computer-based test preparation”, Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal added. According to the screenshots available, the mock test application requires you to turn on airplane mode on the mobile device to start the mock test. This helps the students to take the mock test without any distractions or notifications on their mobile phone.
According to the official report, currently the app is available on Android smartphones and tablets and it can be downloaded from Google Play Store (link provided below). The app will be soon available on iOS using the Apple App Store.
As the name and icon of the application suggests, it has been developed by the National Testing Agency. The similarity of the actual examination and the mock tests provided here is very accurate. Currently, the app has a rating of 4.7 on Google Play Store.
Google Play Store Link for ‘National Test Abhyas’ – Click here