5 Tips On How To Squeeze The Best Score Out of JAMB UTME
The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam(UTME) is the exam written by secondary school leavers and others attempting to gain admission into tertiary institutions. It consists of four subjects based on the candidates choice of course and is considered one of the toughest exams to be written in the pursuit of admission into tertiary institutions. However, this is only true based on the level of your preparation for the exam. If you prepared quite well for the exam, then you probably won’t find it difficult. But how do you prepare well? Straight-up reading might not cut it. There are some smart steps you should take in preparing for the exam that will help you prepare better in less time.
One, and as unrelated to preparation as this might seem, you have to know exactly what you want to do. No wavering, no last minute changes, especially ones that might involve changing your subject combination. You have to be absolutely certain of what you want to do right from the beginning of your preparation. This makes it easy for you to have total concentration. You don’t have to worry about whether or not what you are preparing for is what you are actually going to do. And of course, it allows you to start your preparation early.
Second, try as much as possible to get your hands on the latest syllabus for the examination and use it as a guide in your preparation. The UTME has its own special syllabus which is different from the syllabus for O level exams, so using the syllabus as your guide allows you to cut through all the tons of stuff you don’t need and get to the real points you need. You’ll be able to avoid topics you won’t questioned on and focus on the ones you’ll be questioned on. And it’ll save you a lot of time.
Also, try to get the latest past questions on the exam to aid your preparation. However, DO NOT, use it as the guide for your preparation. This is a mistake a lot of candidates make. They consider the past questions as a shortcut to speed up their preparation. It is not. Use the syllabus as your guide in studying and then use the past questions to test yourself and familiarize yourself with the UTME format of asking questions, which is of course, slightly different from that of other exams.
After completing the study syllabus and familiarizing yourself with the questions, try to work on the past questions with a time constraint. Time yourself and answer a particular number of questions to see how quick you are in answering questions. As the UTME has a time constraint, knowing the answers to the questions alone is not enough. You have to be able to answer the questions in time. So with the aid of the past questions, time yourself, preferably with less time than you’ll be given in the actual exam, and see how quick you are in answering the questions. Work on this repeatedly until you are able to make maximum use of your time.
And last, pray. Pray like you’ve never prayed before. In fact, if possible, pack your books and all, to go and stay in your mosque or church for the duration of your preparation for the exam so you can pray as you read. Because there is bad preparation, and there is simply bad luck. So work hard to avoid bad preparation and pray hard to avoid bad luck.
If you are able to follow this tips and use them well, rest assured, you’ll score brilliantly in the exam.