In 2018 65 per cent of 12th graders in Liberia failed the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations.
Little brings concern in education more than the WASSCE exam. Many schools now require a passing grade on the exam for as a requirement for graduating from high school.
If you’re afraid of this exam, do not fear. You can take particular steps to prepare for the exam in addition to attending school and studying your subjects.
Understanding the WAEC past questions can help you prepare for this critical exam.
Why Are WAEC Past Questions Important?
If you want to improve and excel in any activity, you practice. In the same way, a footballer runs through drills and scrimmages regularly, a senior preparing for the WASSCE must practice test-taking and not just study the material on the test.
Like a footballer who spends time on the practise field, you also must put your feet on the field so to speak by practising with past questions.
WAEC exams often have repeated questions from past exams. These questions have the same concepts but different values.
The test developers create tests using questions from what is in the WAEC syllabus. If you can review all of the questions the WAEC has ever set, you can enter your next test with no worries.
If you do not have time to review every exam question from the past ten years, the last five years should suffice.
Reviewing past WAEC questions will help you understand the types of questions you can expect to see on your exam.
Studying the questions is like studying your opponent. You know what tricks he has up his sleeve when you’ve seen him play before, and you will know how to approach him as a result of your study.
When you study and practise with past questions, you can see if the questions will deal with definitions, comparison and contrast, exceptions, and other types of problems.
Results of Studying WAEC Past Questions
Studying WAEC past questions will lead to positive results. If you don’t have time to study the material on the test, at least you can study the test itself. When you do this, you end up with some positive results, including the following.
- Respond More Quickly
When you understand what the test has on it, you can respond quickly to questions. Your speed will improve as you practice test-taking. You will be familiar with the question types, and you’ll end up moving through the exam more quickly.
Being able to take the exam more quickly means you have the best chance of completing the entire exam and not leaving any questions incomplete. This also increases the chances of a higher score.
- Understand Content
As you study each question, you can take notes on what the questions are asking about. This will help you understand exactly what content the test covers and thus what you should study outside of the questions themselves.
You can make detailed notes on the specific content. Once you’ve finished reviewing the questions, you can go back and review the material you’ve studied in school with some focus. So instead of studying everything, you can study particular concepts that you know will be on the exam.
- Worry Less
Test anxiety is real. Some people experience extreme distress and anxiety in testing situations. As a result, their scores do not reflect their knowledge.
If you prepare for the test by knowing the method of the questions and the content of the questions, you will worry less and experience less test anxiety.
Taking multiple practice tests will allow you to rest easier on exam day. As a result, you will walk into the testing centre with confidence, and your exam score will aptly reflect your understanding of the material and not just your ability to take an exam.
In addition to studying past WAEC questions, you can prepare for the exam with some specific strategies in mind.
- Know Your Foe
Study the exam format and structure. Learn how much time you have for each section of the exam. Understanding what the requirements are will help you walk in with some confidence.
Ambiguity is the enemy in test-taking. The more you understand the format and structure of the test, the less you will worry.
- Be Complete
When you mark your exam, mark it complete. Make sure to fill in ovals completely and not just partially. Make them dark.
If you change your mind, make sure to erase the ovals completely as well. Make your answers clear.
- Use Your Materials
Some of us just think better if we can write things out. If you need scratch paper and your test centre does not supply any, use your test booklet. Do not use your answer sheet.
The test booklet should have plenty of margins for you to complete your figures or write out your ideas.
Do not just skip over a question if you do not know the answer. Develop some techniques where you can make educated guesses.
If you do not know the answer, select the same answer for the question. For example, if you do not know the answer to a multiple-choice question, always select C. You stand a higher chance of getting the question right if you always select the same answer for questions where you do not know the answer.
- Watch the Clock
Once you know the limits of your test, pace yourself. Keep an eye on the clock and know how much time you have left.
When you open your test booklet, look at how many questions you have and then consider how much time you have. Know where you should be at the halfway point of your time limit, and then pace yourself to get to that point.
- Quality Matters
Ideas matter. As you prepare to write the essay, organize your ideas into a clear five-paragraph essay with an introduction, body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph.
If you organize your ideas clearly, the reviewer can focus on your amazing idea. The poor organization of a bad essay will obscure an idea.
Look Back to Move Forward
When you study WAEC past questions, you move forward by fully understanding the exam.
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