DO YOU WANT TO PASS SSCE/GCE EXAMINATIONS?…POINTERS AND WORDS OF WISDOM FROM WAEC! (PART 2)

CONTINUED FROM PART 1

…coordinator of academic studies announcing the results of an internal competition in mason college…

(2) During The Examination

(a) Punctuality to exam centre will enable you use all the time allocated to the exam. Rushing in when a paper had started destabilizes examinee. Drop bags, books, notes and sheets outside.

(b) In practical paper, be sure you stay in the group you are assigned to avoid mix-up of work with other people’s.

(c) Get your correct exam centre and seat, particularly in multiple centre schools / venues.

(d) Collect and protect your answer booklet, when the supervisor gives it out. Write your name, examination number, subject and sex code (in objective on the booklet).

(e) Collect your question paper and guard it jealously. Write your name on it, immediately you get it, for easy identification when need arises.

(f) When asked to start, take time to read the rubrics/instruction such as the number of questions to answer in all, and from each section. Tick the ones you want to attempt and write your outlines of approach.

(g) Answer question precisely and up to the point; think of many points and do not waste time discussing one point to the detriment of others unless the question asks you to. Time yourself on each number to avoid waste of time on one.

(h) In objective or multiple answers paper, shade your choices properly.

(i) Protect “your work to avoid others spying on your work and so involve you i: collusion, leading to cancelling of subject result.

(j) Remember that you are writing an examination; avoid using pidgin English do not forget your punctuation marks and rules of grammar. Know that all the rules of grammar and punctuation are marked in the English Language Papers. Many candidates ignore this fact.

(k) Towards the end, read over your work to correct errors – particularly your exam number; subject code and question numbers. Cancel rough work neatly to avoid their being marked.

(l) When asked to stop -Do so promptly to avoid conflict with the
regulations. Turn your answer sheet or booklet over till the invigilator or supervisor gets to you to collect your answer sheet/booklet. Avoid arguing with the invigilator or supervisor

(3) At The End Of Examination

(a) Leave the exam hall quietly.
(b) Do not engage in gang action against perceived, strict supervisor and invigilator
(c) If you notice any mob action – strive to alert police or nearest WAEC office.

(4) POINTS TO NOTE ABOUT GRADING CANDIDATE’S WORKS IN WAEC EXAMINATION

(1) In Practicals, reliance is given to school specialist masters to prepare the equipments and specimens on which the tests have been based. Your consistent class work is important.
(2) In Orals, Specialist teachers from other schools come to do the test and record the mark. Recorded tapes may be used, to ensure uniformity.
(3) For Objective paper, Marking is done by computer; there is, therefore, no way of favouring any candidate. This is why clear indication of your choice becomes important.
(4) Theory papers – Long before exam., marking scheme in each number is prepared for the examiners. Examiners spend 3 days studying and trying them out. That is what we call coordination meeting so that no examiner marks as he likes. There are 3 levels in assessing candidates’ work – by Assistant Examiner, Team Leader and Chief Examiner. Then checking by Checkers and Marking Venue Officers is done to complete the marking.
(5) At the end of marking – Machine electronically receives the scores of every candidate and produces the statistics for fixing grade boundaries.
(6) Reference is made to standard of past examination, Chief Examiners’ and Team Leaders’ Reports on the marking to determine the grade boundaries.
(7) Reports on malpractices in WAEC examinations often come from supervisors, invigilators, candidates themselves, WAEC inspectors, examiners and occasionally, some members of the public who might have observed them in some centres.
(8) WAEC takes time to investigate reports thoroughly. It does not sweep anything under the carpet. It is the investigation that leads to withholding of results. Note that some examining bodies tend not to investigate reported malpractice but just give such candidates “failure” or “unclassified” results. Each examining body has its own regulations to follow.
(9) Candidates’ withheld results may be released or cancelled in part or entirely after the appropriate Committee of the Council had met to deliberate on the malpractices reports. That Committee consists of knowledgeable and distinguished representatives of Universities, Ministries of Education, Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools, Polytechnics and Teachers Union to ensure that justice is done and standard is maintained

(5) CONCLUSION

Although passing the examination set for any level of learning is the major pre-occupation of youths, I think thorough acquisition of the knowledge expected of that level should matter more. Examination and eventual certification then, only helps to confirm that the knowledge had been acquired, and that the youth can be sure of using the knowledge easily in his life, and take their positions in the scheme of things.
A youth who fraudulently obtains pass grade – or even failure grade (because supposed attempt could be useful in some instances) is not a worthy citizen. Such are the ones who become square pegs in round holes and frustrate our efforts to develop. You need not be such. You can pass any examination if you ask God to guide your endeavours while taking note of the advice given on this topic.

 

THIS WRITE-UP IS A PRODUCT OF THE WEST AFRICAN EXAMINATION COUNCIL (WAEC) PRESENTED AT A SEMINAR ON HOW TO PASS EXAMS.

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