Like any other kind of exam, answering WAEC exam questions requires some practice before it becomes easier.
This is how it goes down on the day of your exam; you’re sitting in the exam hall, calmly waiting to get your hands on that question paper distributed by the External Invigilator from the WAEC office. You’ve assimilated a ton of information from the past questions and textbooks – ready to pour everything down on your exam sheet.
In this article, we’ll be giving you tips on writing and answering exam questions that will show your knowledge to the person who reads your paper.
Note: It doesn’t matter if you’re writing English, Biology, Mathematics or Government, every exam can be approached in much the same way with these exam writing tips.
How to Answer Exam Questions
These tips should be common sense but a lot of students who are under exam stress fail to see their mistakes.
Review The Answers To The Past Questions
There really is no better way to prepare yourself for a WAEC exam other than by reviewing how the questions are answered from the past questions. This process isn’t just about cramming or knowing an answer for a specific question, it’s about understanding how you approach the question in an exam, how to structure your answer and what information will get you more marks.
Read The Questions Carefully
The stress of an Exam can cause you to misread a question, poorly plan your answer out and start writing your response only to realize you’ve made a mistake and wasted vital time. Reading all questions carefully will ensure you make the right choices and can focus on how much you know about the topic.
Don’t forget to attempt all questions that you have selected. However, be careful of answering questions inside the margin meant for examiners, it could very well lead to negative marking.
Manage Your Time
This is where you must be strict on yourself. Once you have assigned a time limit for each question, you MUST move on immediately or you won’t be able to give the next question your full attention. Remember to leave yourself some time to go back over your answers and add pieces of information about the topic. You never know, this could help thump you up a grade!
Structure Your Answer
Take the first few minutes of your time to plan the structure of your answer. Don’t just jump into writing your answer like that! Always stay on topic.
Review Each Answer Thoroughly
Even the smart students still make the mistake of handing their answer booklet over to the invigilator without checking through what they have written. Most times it’s after they hand over the booklet they now remember their mistakes. Review each answer at least twice before handing over your exam booklet to the invigilator. You will be surprised what you can spot in those last few minutes. This is your last chance to list other relevant points or even draw a quick diagram! | Waec Syllabus
Remember, the exams are not designed to trick you. Don’t panic on the day of your exam or this could mean that you get a lower grade than you truly deserve. Convince yourself that you know how to answer exam questions and you’re almost there.
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