How to pass WAEC examination: The West African Examination Council (WAEC) recorded a high number of failure in her just concluded 2019/2020 examination. Evidently, the number of students who fail WAEC examination these days is becoming alarming. It will surprise you to know that almost half of the students that took the just concluded 2019 WAEC examination failed English language and mathematics in the examination. That is to say, they actually failed the examination in total because English language and Mathematics are the core subjects every student must pass in
Conversely, i decided to write this comprehensive article to help students in the impending WAEC 2020/2021 examination. As a matter of fact, I will not only disclose the secrets for preparing and passing WAEC examination in one sitting. In this post, i will, first of all, explain everything you need to know about the West African Examination Council (WAEC). Coupled with that, I will show you my secrets tips to pass WAEC examination excellently. Trust me; this article is not going to be a waste of time.
If you read this article painstakingly and put everything into practice, I assure you that you will pass the impending WAEC exam with straight A’s in all your subjects. This is evidently the best WAEC preparation guide you can find online. Now, here we go!
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About the West African Examination Council (WAEC)
In this section, I will explain everything candidates should know about WAEC and the nature of WAEC questions. If after reading this part, you still have questions you want to ask about WAEC, please send your questions using the comment section. Meanwhile, let’s quickly look at the history of WAEC.
History of the West African Examination Council (WAEC)
WAEC is the acronym for the “West African Examination Council“. It is an examination body established in 1952 with the responsibility of conducting West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), for university and JAMB entry examination, in five West African countries namely: Nigeria, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia and Sierria Leone.
It will surprise you to know that the West African Examination Council (WAEC), was established following the meeting held by the University of London school examination matriculation council, University of Cambridge local examinations syndicate and the West African departments of education. These examination bodies met in 1948 to discuss the well-being of West African and its education standard.
After the meeting, they agreed to send a spy, Dr. George Barker Jeffery to West Africa. On returning back from his visit, Dr. George Barker Jeffery came up with an appeal for the establishment of WAEC (An internationally recognized examination body in Africa).
The examination bodies reviewed his request, and accepted to do just as he said. They seeked the concerted effort of the government of some countries which Dr. George had spied, and the West African Examination Council (WAEC), became a full-fledged and recognized international examination body in 1952.
Required Number of subjects to be taken by candidates in WAEC examination
In Nigeria, you can either choose 9(nine) or 8(eight) subjects from the subjects you studied in secondary school. Frankly speaking, there is no particular number of subjects to choose. However, it is advisable to select 9(nine) subjects during WAEC registration. Somehow, it will increase your chances of success in the examination.
What is the required grade in WAEC for admission into any school?
Candidates are expected to have at least 5(five) Credit in the examination to gain admission with the result into any tertiary institution.
Meanwhile, it is worthy to know that having a Credit grade is compulsory for English Language and Mathematics. That is to say, you must score at least a Credit, in English language, Mathematics, and other three subjects related to what you want to study in the instruction.
What is the structure of WAEC questions?
WAEC question papers usually have two sections viz; section A (Objective) and section B (Theory). Section A, comprises questions with given options for you to choose from (it is usually the first part of your question paper).
In section B, you will be required to answer questions without options. You are expected to give full detail in your answer.
Will WAEC punish students for engaging in examination Malpractice?
Yes! the West African Examination Council (WAEC) usually punish candidates that engaged in examination Malpractice during her examination. As earlier stated, WAEC is a renowned examination body in the world. The examination board is vehemently against examination Malpractice.
Currently, when a student is caught engaging in malpractice, that student will forfeit writing that examination. Again, if the case becomes too serious, the whole center where such act was detected will be closed down. So you see, malpractice can cause you a serious damage.
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How To Pass WAEC
Here are tips that will help you prepare and pass the WAEC examination:
- Be self determined to pass the examination.
- Start preparing as early as possible for the examination.
- Buy the recommended WAEC materials and read them very well.
- Do not allow popular opinion to stop you from reading hard.
- Prepare a daily reading timetable before the examination and stick to it.
- Take notice of common mistakes students make in WAEC examination and avoid them.
- Prepare by taking WAEC mock examination in your school.
- Do not rely on examination Malpractice to pass.
- Pray and ask God for the ability to remember what you read.
Yes! Those are my working tips to pass WAEC examination. With the above tips, many students have passed WAEC examination in just one sitting. Meanwhile, as we continue, i will extensively explain each to the points I just mentioned.
Be determined to pass the examination:
Apparently, there is no success without determination. Psychologists have corroborated that determination is the only thing that will help a student to achieve success in any examination. Conversely, you have to, first of all, encourage and tell yourself that you must pass WAEC examination in just one sitting. This will go a long way to help you pass WAEC without fear.
For many students, it is very difficult or even impossible to pass in just one sitting, but this Ideology it false. Everybody’s world-view is not the same. You are the only one that can decide whether you will pass WAEC examination in one sitting or not through your hard work. Do not let people discourage you.
Tell yourself that you can pass in just one sitting and it shall be so for you. After all, people that passed once are humans like you and I. After doing this, try to remain steadfast, persevered and strong at thesame time because it won’t be very easy to do that. You must prepare yourself for a relentless working hard.
Start preparing as early as possible for the examination:
There has been controversies as to when WAEC candidates should start preparing for WAEC examination. While some writers postulated that 6 months before the exam is the best, some said that 3 month before the exam is preferable. Some are even of the opinion that candidates should start preparing from their day-one in secondary school.
Well, I think all these writers are actually correct in their own way. However, for me, the best time to start reading for WAEC examination is now.
Conversely, if you are just reading this article few weeks to WAEC examination, you can still pass excellently if you start reading now. No time is too late. Just pick up your books and start covering as much topics as you can now. Trust me, you can still pass with good grades, if you invite God and start reading relentless from today. There is actually no best time to start preparing for WAEC examination.
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Buy the recommended WAEC materials and read them very well:
The next step to make if you want to pass the impending 2020/2021 WAEC examination, is to get the recommended WAEC materials (Textbooks, Notebook, Past questions etc). These materials are prerequisite for passing all your subject. Get the materials and make sure you read them voraciously.
It is pertinent to note that using of past questions is a “must” to pass WAEC examination. Past questions don’t only open your eyes to understand the way WAEC questions are structured. They also give you the exact questions that will be asked in the real examination. What I mean is that, WAEC usually repeat all their questions. Thus, it is right to say that past questions and answers are very paramount for a good grade in WAEC examination.
Meanwhile, you must note that past “questions and answers” are not the only material you need for success in WAEC examination. Your notebooks, textbooks and key points are also very important.
Do not allow popular opinion to stop you from reading hard:
One common problem with candidates that want to pass WAEC examination is that, they allow people’s experience and words discourage them. It is worthwhile to know that this is one of the causes of massive exam failures and malpractices during examination conducted in the country.
Yes, it will be difficult, but you must learn to use that fear and discouraging words as strength. Let the fear make you work hard. Allow it to keep you steadfast toward achieving your dream grades in WAEC examination.
Apparently, there is no two ways to stop fear during examination. The only way is by preparing very well for the examination. This will give you courage and make you optimistic about your success in the examination.
Prepare a daily reading timetable before the examination and stick to it:
Yes, the next step is to create a timetable. A timetable will help you cover up all you are supposed to read before you exam. It will give you the opportunity to maximise your time effectively, and to prepare apt for WAEC examination. Most often than not, some students fail to do this, on the ground that they can’t strictly follow their timetable. However, it is important to know that, you must not follow it strictly. Just make sure you do your best to conform to it.
While creating your timetable, make sure you give more time to you core subjects. Your core subjects are the five subject you are recommended to pass, before going into your filed of study. For instance, a student who wants to study law, must give more time to Mathematics, English, Literature, Government and CRS/IRS. This will help you pass effectively, at least in those subject.
Take notice of common mistakes students make in WAEC examination and avoid them:
More often than not, candidates fail WAEC examination because of simple mistakes they make while writing the examination. It is worthwhile to note that WAEC does not only test you on what you have upstairs (in your brain), they also test your ability to follow simple instructions.
Sometimes, even if you write very well, the little mistakes you made while answering your questions will not allow you to get your full marks for a question. Based on experience, below are some of the mistakes candidates make during WAEC examination:
- Failing to write their name(s) in capital letters.
- Entering a wrong centre number in your script.
- Entering a wrong seat number in your script.
- Writing across the margin lines
- Answering a questions with answers that is meant for another question:
There are other common mistakes candidates make, but if you can effectively sidestep the ones listed above, you have gone a long way to reduce your chance of making mistakes during WAEC examination.
To circumvent these mistakes during WAEC examination, you must learn to structure your answers before writing them down in your answer sheet. Doing this will not only help you circumvent mistakes, it will add you more marks because anyone who will mark your script will want to appreciate your structured and nice work.
Prepare by taking WAEC mock examination in your school:
To pass WAEC examination with As, you have to participate in a mock WAEC examination. Doing this will help to put you in WAEC examination condition and also reduce your fear for the main examination.
Note that it must not be a formal examination conducted in your school. You can simply take up your past questions and answers, answer questions from a particular year, and after answering the questions, turn to the answer section to check if what you answered was correct.
Most candidates see this as a waste of time, but the truth is that it actually works. It will prepare you for the real examination, and make it absolutely possible to pass WAEC examination in just on sitting.
Do not rely on examination malpractice to pass:
Many writers have promulgated that there is hardly a students in Africa, who want to pass WAEC examination without engaging in examination malpractice. In fact, some candidates believe that it is absolutely impossible to pass WAEC examination without engaging in malpractice but that is not true.
Some years ago, a student called me from Ghana, asking for cheats to pass the examination she was supposed to write the next day. I actually rebuked her and advised her to start reading her books.
To my greatest surprise, her reply before ending the call was that, “it is impossible to pass WAEC examination without examination Malpractice“. At that juncture, i discovered one of the reasons why many student still fail WAEC examination.
Please note that you can never be optimistic about passing WAEC examination by relying on examination malpractice, because you can be caught while doing it. More so, If unfortunately, you are caught engaging in examination malpractice, then your success in the examination has been totally jeopardized.
Based on this, I enjoin you not to rely on Malpractice. Rely on what you read before the exam. That is the only way your success in the impending WAEC examination will be assured.
Pray and ask God for the ability to remember what you read:
To pass WAEC examination in just one sitting, you must seek God’s help. Truth be told, you can’t pass WAEC without the help of God. Sometimes, unprecedented things happen during WAEC examination to jeopardise your success in the exam; and if you don’t have God by your side, failing will be very easy.
You must have heard of cases where candidates who finished writing their examination very well, were not able allowed to see their results.
It is not that those students failed to read before the examination. Sometimes, it is just that they didn’t have God by their side. So, to pass WAEC examination in just one sitting, you need God to put you through. Ask God for the ability to remember all what you have read before the examination and go ahead to write your examination.
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Join WAEC groups:
It is also advisable to join WAEC groups on social media like Facebook and Whatapp if you want to pass your WAEC exam. Before I took my WAEC in 2017, I learned a lot from the myriad of education groups I was part of on Facebook.
Aside from learning, joining WAEC groups on social media like Facebook will help you get all the latest updates about WAEC examination for the year. So you see, it is actually a good idea to going groups. Trust me; they will help a lot.
Come early to your examination hall:
I believe you already know that it is wrong to come late when writing an examination. The reason because, the tension and fear on the day of an examination is usually higher. Thus, you are likely to forget somethings if you try to rush to the examination hall with that tension and fear.
Accordingly, it is possible that you will not even write the examination if you come too late to the examination hall. So, make sure you come to your WAEC examination hall as early as possible and start revising all what you have read before the examination.
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In all, i must not state that pass WAEC examination with excellent grades is not very easy. However, with the information I have shared in this post, any student can pass the impending WAEC examination once and for all.
Conversely, i enjoin you again to go through this article. Read everything again and digest them in your memory. You can even bookmark this page in your browser so that you can always go through all what i shared here. Accordingly, you must put them into practice immediately. Like i said, no time is too late. If you start preparing now, following the secrets explained in this article, you can still pass WAEC examination without thinking of examination Malpractice.
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