The moment you step inside ISSB, forget everything you have learnt or hoped to see before. ISSB is a whole new world and you have to spend 4 days here and WIN the green card. Best of luck and be aware of what you do at all times.
*Don’t stand putting pressure on one foot.
*Don’t stand putting your hands on your waist.
*Don’t tie your hands in front of your chest.
*Don’t talk while you are out of your dormitory (level 2 and 3).
*Remember that everyone in the ISSB notes your behavior, including waiters, cooks and staffs.
*Don’t call the staffs “SIR”.
*Look straight at the speakers eyes.
*Ask questions only when the staff/officer has finished his speech.
*Talking in the dining room is strictly prohibited.
After you check in ISSB you will be sent to the recreation room where you will temporarily leave your luggage. Then you will be given a chest number and sent to the dining room. While in the dining room eat quickly and don’t talk while you eat.
IQ Test and the First Screening Process:
After that you will be sent to the testing hall about 600 meters away from the dormitory. Don’t talk while you are walking. In the testing hall your IQ test will take place. Before each test a long brief will be given to you. Listen to the brief very carefully. IQ test is very important. You have to practice to pass this test. At first you will be given 38 matrices and you will have to complete it within 22 minutes. Then you will be given 100 IQ questions and the time for this will be around 28 to 30 minutes.
*Use a red sign pen to circle faster.
*Don’t get stuck on one question. Always look for the next one. Always try out the next one.
*Be fast and accurate.
After the exam result will be published within 1 hour. You will be given snacks in the mean time. Those who will fail the IQ test will be SCREENED OUT and send to home after lunch.
PPDT and the Second Screening Process:
Those who will pass the IQ test will sit on the testing hall once again. Now the PPDT (picture perception and description test) exam will take place. Listen to the brief carefully. PPDT is a very important exam. If you can pass this exam you will earn the right to stay 4 days in ISSB. But if you fail it, you will be SCREANED OUT and sent to home after lunch.
PPDT has two parts. One is Story Writing and the other is Discussion. In the story writing test a very hazy/unclear picture will be shown to you for 30 seconds. Then you will start writing the story. The story has 3 sections:
1. Character Identification: in this box you will have to write the number of characters in this section. You have to write AGE, SEX, MODE of each character. The time for this is 30 seconds.
2. Action: in this box you will have to write the action of the story/character in one or two lines. This will indicate the total idea of the things happening in the whole picture. Time for this is 30 seconds.
3. Story: in this section you will have to write a story matching the picture. You will get 180 seconds for this test.
*listen to the brief carefully. Duration of the tests may change. The conducting officer will show you how to write the story.
*stories should be constructive. Try to avoid negative ending.
*it is better to give a title and a moral to the story.
*there must be logic of your story.
After completing the story you will be divided into temporary groups and sent to different huts to discuss the story.
*listen to the brief.
*speak loud and clearly.
*first read out your script thoroughly.
*then show logic behind your story and try to convince others.
*don’t be aggressive.
*don’t criticize others.
*if anyone writes a better story than yours then give credit to him.
*if the conducting officer asks you to come to a conclusion then you must come to a conclusion via discussing with others.
*don’t look at the officers while discussing.
*speak in English.
After this discussion you will be sent to the dining hall and you will have your lunch. Then you will go to the recreation room and the result of the PPDT will be announced. Those who will be screened out will leave ISSB. And those who will pass it will be allowed to stay at the ISSB for 4 days. Congratulations.
In the tea break you will be given a short bio data form which you will have to fill up. Then you will be divided into groups and sent to different rooms. A group photo will be taken.
In the afternoon you will be sent to the testing hall and your psychology test will take place. It is a long test which will take up to 5 hours to finish.
In the word association (sentence making) test you will have to write 80 sentences. You will receive 10 seconds for each sentence. 60 words will be in English and 20 will be in Bangla. These words will be shown to you through a projector. Write positive sentences. Don’t write imperative sentences. Don’t give advice to the teacher writing sentences like “You should not lie”, instead write “lying is a sin”. Don’t break the serial. If you miss a word then leave a blank space. Listen to the brief.
Same goes for the sentence completing tent. Don’t write those sentences which reflects your negative/bad mentality.
In the story writing test, write positive stories with a moral and a title. Listen to the brief carefully.
You will have to fill up 2 thorough bio data. You should know about your relatives thoroughly.
You will have to write your positive and negative qualities. You will have to write your most memorable and most bitter experiences. You will have to write 2 paragraphs. So prepare for it.
After the long test is complete, you will be sent to the dining hall. After finishing dinner you will gather in the recreation room. The brief about the next days programs will be given to you.
After everything is over, you will have to go to your room and switch off the lights before the given time (maybe around 10.30 – 11.00 for the first night). Don’t walk in the corridor randomly after the “lights off” time.
Proceed to DAY 2