If you want to score 250 and above in JAMB 2019, you must be ready to work hard because there is no shortcut to success.
So, if you want gold, you must dig deep for gold is not found on the surface.
Follow the 12 tips below to increase your chances of passing the exam in flying colours.
Tip 1: Read the recommended text
For Use of English, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB recommends Sweet Sixteen by Bolaji Abdullahi for 2019 UTME candidates and The Last Days at Forcados High School by A. H. Muhammed for Direct Entry candidates.
As such, one of the texts is compulsory for each category.
A candidate will be doing himself a great disservice if he fails to read the appropriate recommended text.
All things being equal, he won’t score higher in that section than someone else who studied it.
Tip 2: Take mock UTME
It is advisable you take the mock UTME when the time comes.
A mock exam is an examination where the marks may or may not count, which serves chiefly as practice for future exams or so that the teachers are able to set a grade before the end of term.
In short, mock exam is a foretaste of the UTME proper. Your performance in the mock will determine to a large extent your success or failure in the main exam.
It will also help you to familiarise yourself with the Computer Based Test, CBT environment and inspire confidence in you as you await the D-Day.
Tip 3: Enrol in a computer training school
It’s not even late now to enrol in a computer training school and get the requisite computer skills if you haven’t done that yet.
If that sounds impossible for you, you could consider acquiring CBT training only and increase your chances of success in the UTME.
Sometime ago, I was asking one of my former students how she fared in her UTME. She told me she didn’t do well.
I wanted to know what went wrong but she said nothing.
I probed further and found out to my greatest surprise that she didn’t have a basic knowledge of computer before she took the exam. I had to tell her there and then that she failed as a result.
Tip 4: Have a timetable
If you’re hungry for exam success, you can’t do much without a workable timetable.
You’ve got to draw a timetable that suits your needs and which you can follow religiously. Otherwise, the essence is defeated.
Tip 5: Study hard
You can’t be preparing for your UTME and be seen playing around every now and then and you expect success. That is wishful thinking.
They say, business before pleasure. Choose the one that comes first in your scale of preference.
Tip 6: Take notes
Don’t be in a hurry. Take notes as you read.
Although note-taking can be time-consuming and energy-sapping, it has a lot of advantages.
Note-taking will help you focus on what is important.
It will also help you understand and remember material, and make connections.
It equally provides a personal record of what you’ve learnt and sets you up for exam revision such that you will have less to read during your revision and have more time for quizzes and relaxation.
Tip 7: Read in a group
I personally recommend that you study in a group where possible.
One of the benefits of this is that you’ll be able to ask questions and share ideas.
You may also assign different subjects or topics to group members who take turns to teach or discuss them.
Tip 8: Practice with CBT software
Computer Based Test, CBT software is now common and comes in various formats. There are CBT apps for Android and Windows.
Some of them are free while others need a little token to be paid before activation.
Whichever way, you stand to gain.
One thing about the CBT software is that it usually contains past exam questions.
I advise that you study first before you start to practice with the CBT software since it tests you in what you already know. This will help you answer most of the questions correctly.
While you practice with the software, make sure you follow the instructions therein since they are similar to the real CBT environment.
Tip 9: Revise
Make sure you revise your books before the final exam. That is why note-taking is important in the first place.
Now you’ll be more concerned with only the information that matters. You won’t waste your time going through your books again.
Tip 10: Take enough rest before the exam
After a rigorous reading and testing exercise, you should have some rest before the exam.
Eat well, exercise well and sleep well.
This will help you regain your strength and prepare you for the task ahead.
Tip 11: Locate your CBT centre early
Make hay while the sun shines. If you arrive at your CBT centre early enough, you’ll get aclamatised with the environment and this will reduce tension.
It will also help you walk around and mingle with other candidates so you can feel free in your new surroundings.
Tip 12: Be time conscious
Don’t waste time on a question. Skip the ones you don’t know and come back to them later.
Be mindful of the time allotted to a particular subject or question and stick to it.
If you follow the above tips, you’ll score 250 and above in JAMB 2019 and gain admission in your first preferred institution to study any course of your choice.
Do you think there are other tips I’ve missed out on? Drop them in the Comments box below.