To all candidates sitting for the 2014 west African Senior School Certificate Examination, (WASSCE) administered by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) in all West African states, especially Nigeria, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you the very best of luck. I know by now, a resounding Amen would be echoed by anyone who is in this category. I also know that a lot of preparation must have been put in place by many students who are concerned. They must have been counting days until finally, the much awaited day creeps in when the mighty WASSCE sets in motion.
For some, this period comes with much excitement and enthusiasm, while for others; indifference and despondency makes their mood. In any case, one’s preparedness often determines one’s mood during examination. Anyways, whether a candidate is prepared or not, WASSCE has already begun! But despite one’s preparation, what you do or fail to do in THE EXAM HALL goes a long way to determine your lot – success or failure and I know you want to make a success out of this examination once and for all. Here are some points anyone sitting for 2014 WASSCE should have at his or her finger tips.
Be composed, it’s an examination not a job interview. Exams are meant to test your understanding of previous knowledge. It’s never a statement of what you will become, so calm down. All you need do is relax and answer the questions to the best of your ability. Restlessness or fidgeting passes a wrong signal to your examiner, and once the examiner notices that, he/she sets eyes on you and that gets you more nervous even without having any item that can implicate you. So, be composed!
UNDERSTAND YOUR QUESTIONERS
It happens to many of us. We get our question papers; rush through the questions and quickly download the answers we have crammed in without even getting the sense of the questions. When the result comes and we do not get the desired score, we begin to shift the blame on the examiners. Be mindful of what the questions really say. Carefully read through and get the sense of the question before stating your answer. Misreading “What” for “how” may be more disastrous than you can imagine. Examiners will not understand that you knew the right answers but were too much in a hurry.
If you have prepared so well for the examination, then get to the hall in time. Last year, a NECO candidate read so well that she came to the hall 45 minutes after the commencement of the examination. When she was eventually given her question paper, she was so nervous and destabilized that her hands were shaking when she held the pen. After few minutes she bust into wailing and when she was asked what was wrong, she lamented she couldn’t remember anything she had read. I am sure you don’t want such to happen to you. Ensure you get to the examination hall before the exam time; it helps a lot.
Don’t be misled! Some candidates are in that examination hall only to distract the serious ones. They are unserious and they want others to join their rank, so be wise. When some candidates see that you are busy solving the questions, they will want to tap from you forcefully; some will shout your name, draw your papers, throw papers at you or giraffe. To avoid these annoyances, if possible, make sure you do not pay attention to anyone who distracts you. Once you yield, you risk failure.
You impress others when you rush and make sure you submit your script before anyone else does so that the class can hail you. People who are in this habit often make a whole lot of mistakes. If they notice any mistake they have made, they have no opportunity to correct such anymore just because they were trying to impress others. So never you impress others and hastily submit your script because you may regret it. Be sincere with yourself, take your time to answer the questions correctly and once you are through with the questions, read your answers over and over again if time permits you.
The above suggestions will be beneficial to you only if you are well prepared before the examination day, so please be prepared! Best wishes to you all.