As the conduct of the ongoing 2021 WASSCE for School faces challenges of questions leakage and examination malpractice, a WAEC staff has shared with EducationWeb four familiar but necessary tips to help candidates pass.
Speaking to EducationWeb.com.gh, the WAEC official said every prospective candidate has the chance to pass the examination but he added that the actions of a candidate would determine if he or she will pass or fail.
The tips he shared is not new to every final year student, however, the sad part is only 2 out of 10 candidates do apply the common and well-known examination rules expected of them to pass at the examination hall or room.
Research conducted after the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination disclosed that about 40% of candidates who could not pass one or two subjects in the examination was as a result of their disregard for the rules.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) following the administration of the ongoing international examination has cautioned candidates to refrain from activities that could lead to the cancellation of their subject papers.
The staff of the not-for-profit-making organization told EducationWeb candidates partaking in this year’s WASSCE for School can pass the WAEC examination without cheating or using ‘Apor’ if they take the below tips seriously.
WAEC tips for passing 2021 WASSCE without cheating
1. Before doing anything else in the examination room, please kindly write your name in full and index number in ink (pen) in the spaces provided on your question paper and answer booklet as well.
According to the WAEC staff, 10% of candidates who write WASSCE each year fail because they do not write their name or index number on the answer booklet, common but expensive mistake candidates should avoid this year.
2. Use 2B pencils only to shade on your answer sheet for the objective tests. (It has been noticed that some candidates use an unprescribed pencil for the shading. Please always use the WAEC recommended pencil.
3. Read through all the exam questions carefully and make sure you better understand the demands of each question before selecting the ones you wish to answer, particularly for the practical section or what we call Section B.
EducationWeb has discovered that about 60% of prospective candidates do not read and better understand the questions before answering them. The truth is not reading thoroughly saves you time but costs your marks.
4. In determining the requirements of a question take note of keywords such as When, State, Describe, Calculate, Compare, Contrast, Define, Discuss, Identify, illustrate and Summarise.
The 2021 WASSCE which began on Monday, August 16, 2021, is expected to end on Friday, October 8, 2021. A total of 446,321 (221,437 boys and 234,884 girls) from 965 schools are sitting for the examination at 763 centres nationwide.