I passed PTD (Pegawai Tadbir Diplomatik) online test with one go.
Yes, it is more to a dream I would say because the questions are damn hard. It was like you were asked to survive in a hot, empty and sandy desert while all what you used to before is trying to live at the ocean. I mean, it’s a whole different things. Am I exaggerating? Nope, at least it works like that in my case. It is difficult -yes – no doubt, but doable. Surprisingly.
As a jobless graduate
that didn’t seem to have a bright future , when I got an email saying I was among a few hundred thousands candidates that were offered to sit for PTD exam on 19 January, my parents are the happiest person. Like seriously, they are so excited and planting quite a hill of hopes on me. After quite a series of darkness I’ve encountered, it is like a bright spotlight that suddenly light up right on my face. Never has in my mind to be one. But since my parents are so interested, I decided to give it a try. The hardest try that I’ve ever imagined.
Below tips might be useful for those who wanna sit for SPA’s exam. So, there’s no harm to share right? 🙂
Firstly, I set my mind that I can do it. No matter how hard it is, there’s success story. So, it’s not possible.
Although I hate reading the newspaper or anything involving news, nation and politic (how bad I am?haha) I forced myself to read them everyday. I started to read a lot. News, nation facts and histories, government’s and NGO’s agencies and their role key and not to forget all the policies involved. I bought not-so-expensive ebook about PTD’s note which is not too useful. The questions are wayyyy different from the notes but never mind. At least I can picture the question form. And read and read for three weeks until the exam’s date.
I hate the process but I just want to test how far I can go with that kind of effort. I sat in front of my laptop doing the reading from morning until evening, and rope skipping before sunset. That was my routine for about three weeks. Haha.
And the day came.
Just try your best answering the questions. Time is no joke. They passed like an arrow. There’s not much time for you to google everything up or revise from your notes. If you have to google it, do it very quickly. Very quick means like a speed of light. No time for loading and reading a bunch of paragraph. In the general knowledge section, I left blank about 3 questions. My laptop hanged about few minutes. I thought I would never pass it.
Then the section continued. This time, it is IQ test and Math. I didn’t study much. I just did a quick revision on a few formulas like statistic, surface area and other basic thing because I know the question format. This is the core thing, you have to know what is the scope of the questions. However, I left about 3 questions owing to my laptop condition. Ok. Fine. Again,after quite a lot of questions I didn’t able to answer, I thought that was it. Who’s gonna make you pass if you didn’t even answer the whole question? Haha. Test over and the happiest person is me because the next morning I swear I don’t wanna read even a single news. I feel like vomiting. Ok. Exaggerating.
A week after, as I opened up my email, my jaw dropped.
Never expected this, frankly. And wait, do I need to start again my news-and-reading routine?
Above all, my parents are the happiest person on earth when they knew the news. Whatever comes after this, at least I know I made them happy once.
So, hypothesis is accepted. Im not a useless person. A few days before my online test, I manage to get a job. A lot of good things happened at the beginning of this year or I’m just lucky. Whatever it is, Alhamdulillah.