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A simple 6-step guide to ace your Design Exams

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

Design exams can be overwhelming. In order to prepare for them, one needs to draw, understand concepts, and articulate aptitude.


On top of keeping up with multiple topics and areas to focus on, remaining updated with different paper structures for distinct colleges can be a tedious job.


To make your last hours a little simpler and less stressful, we bring to you a simple roadmap that you can use to prepare and ace your design exams effectively and efficiently :


1. Practice aptitude daily:


Students tend to focus more on the creative aspect of the paper, and while they perform well in the design aptitude, they lose the spot because of fewer scores in the aptitude section.

A key to keeping up with aptitude and reasoning is to skim through the questions daily. Some books for aptitude that we highly recommend are:


2. Plan and sketch [Keep yourself time bounded]:


When preparing for Design Aptitude, it is critical to have the skills to plan and execute concepts in a given time frame. A simple trick to practice design aptitude is to observe existing design concepts, mold and redesign them to create a new image.

You can check out this resource to skim through new and creative concepts. It will not only help you to practice design planning but will also help you gain ideas and insights from different perspectives! 3. Be thorough with design elements:


Likely, you won’t be asked directly about various design elements or the details of what they are. It is still essential to understand how every element works to make your work look aesthetically and conceptually balanced.

4. Balancing your skills:

It is significant to have a grasp on basic math, as well as the ability to sketch out your ideas. Here are a few books we recommend to refine and practice sketching and rendering skills:


5. Get comfortable with all media:


As a design aspirant, getting comfortable working with all media [pencils, pastels, paints, watercolors, charcoal] is essential. In design exams, the examiners are interested to see how enthusiastic you are to try and work with any given medium. A book we highly recommend would be Basic Rendering which will give you exposure to different mediums, while also teaching you how to replicate various textures manually.


6. Keep up with design trends:


Whether it’s reading different graphic novels, magazines, watching animated movies, or going out for a stroll, It’s important to keep up with various design trends. It reflects in your work and shows the examiner that you have a futuristic vision, while also staying true to your roots.


Lastly, and most importantly, our prized tip for you to ace your design exam is to have a calm mind. Your creative juices won’t flow smoothly unless your mind is at peace and free from all the clutter. A few things that we recommend you to calm your soul before the exam would be to:

  • Meditate

  • Read Feel Good Books

  • Watch a show on Netflix

  • Connect with people and get inspired

Design exams won’t be arduous to get through if your mind is at peace.


Cheering you on, always! Happy Prepping!


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