The Joint Admission Matriculation Board(JAMB) recently announced 120 as the cutoff mark for candidates to qualify to write the post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination ( UTME ).
With the lowered mark from 180 last year, more candidates will have the opportunity to write the examination and better chance for admission.
Based on past experience, here are a few tips and tricks on how to succeed in the exercise.
1.READ UP PAST QUESTIONS: This is very important for any student that wants to succeed in the upcoming examination
Past questions serve as a guide to writing the examination. It gives you a clue on the area of concentration and makes you well equipped on what to expect from the examiners.
Furthermore, so many tertiary institutions have been known over the years to repeat questions from the previous examinations. Some of the questions might be repeated and if a student has revised the past questions booklet thoroughly,he is sure to succeed.
2. ATTEMPT FAMILIAR QUESTIONS FIRST:
You should start with quesstionos that you are really good at as this will give you the confidence to take on the rest.
A student who focuses on the questions he or she knows best will do better than the one who doesn’t. It is always advisable to focus on the questions you know before you go for the ones you don’t know
Time is part of the examination. They test your ability to work with time. Manage the little time given for the examination and don’t waste much time on questions you don’t know. Answer all the ones you know and then come back to the unknown questions before the time lapses.
4. BE CONVERSANT WITH YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Visit your exam venue some days before the date. If you must arrive that day, arrive on time so as to make new friends that you can revise possible questions with. This will help you to get over the pressure that go with examinations.
5.GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF EXAMINATION TECHNIQUES OF YOUR SCHOOL OF CHOICE
Different schools have different techniques for their Post-UTME. While most Nigerian universities have adopted the computer based test(CBT),others have stuck with the old PPT (paper and pencil test)
Whatever the case may be, to succeed in the examination, you should be conversant with the techniques of your examination before entering the exam hall.
You may find computer based examination trials on the internet and practice well so as to get used to the procedure if this is your first time.
6.OBEY ALL EXAMINATION INSTRUCTIONS
You must read all instructions before you start to answer the questions. This is very important. Failure to read instructions can make any student fail an examination.
Be sure to come to the examination hall with the right materials required of you to avoid disqualification in the examination hall
7. DO NOT CHEAT
In order to succeed in the post-utme examination, do not indulge in any form of examination malpractice. Do away with materials such as pieces of papers containing answers or gadgets and communication devices that can implicate you and be disqualified.
According to a popular saying –“dress the way you want to be addressed.” When going in for the examination,be sure to dress decently and appropriately to avoid harassment from examiners and security personnel.
9.REVIEW YOUR ANSWERED QUESTIONS BEFORE SUBMISSION
Don’t submit your questions without reading through them over and over again to check for mistakes and probably questions you missed.
Be sure to dot your I’s and cross your T’s before submission. There is no award for the first person to submit. It is not about how fast, but how well.
10.PRAY BEFORE AND AFTER THE EXAMINATION
It is pertinent to always commit whatever you do into the hands of your creator. So, as a candidate ensure you pray before and after the exam so as to succeed in your endeavour.
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