After you’ve successfully passed the WAEC Examination, the next examination you are required to sit and pass is the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), popularly referred to as JAMB.
It is a well known fact in the Nigerian educational system that if you cannot successfully pass the exam, it is required for you to write it over and over again till you get the desired cut-off mark for the institution you are applying for.
Some universities accept as high as 250, and as low as 200 as the Jamb cut-off mark for the university. This cut-off mark however depends on the course you are applying for.
Courses like Law, and Medicine accept JAMB cut-off as high as 280, 300. It is essential you know the required things to do when you are preparing for the exam, so you pass it once, and do not need to re-write it over again, which usually serves as a time waster for people.
In this article, I would be explaining 10 different ways you can use to prepare for JAMB examination, either as a first timer, or a returning JAMB applicant. These guidelines will help you to be well prepared, and to achieve success, and how you can ace your JAMB exam once.
How to Prepare and Pass JAMB Examination in 2023
Passing the JAMB 2023 Exam requires adequate and strategic preparations, and in this article, I will be outlining how you can prepare adequately for the JAMB exam.
1. Adequately Start Preparation Earlier
No time is the best time to begin preparing for an exam, than from the day you were fully aware that you would be writing the exam.
If you don’t prepare early, failure is inevitable. Start preparing early, so that you can be well accustomed to previous questions before the exam date. The best way to ace your JAMB exam this year is to start early preparation.
Don’t leave anything to chances, start studying early, so that you can cover the exam syllabus on time, and come out with a good score.
2. Study With Past Questions
It has been constantly proven that JAMB repeats questions yearly, so this is one way to get a very high score in this year’s exam.
However, the questions are not been repeated word for word, they are modified, but studying past questions will give you an idea of what to expect from the exam.
Study JAMB past questions, if you go to bookshops, you can get past questions of different subjects, as well as different years. This will aid and guide you in your preparation .
We always advise students to not cram the past questions word for word, but to study it, and get used to the way the questions are set.
When you study JAMB Past questions, it will help you know what to focus on, and it will help you know how to tackle difficult questions when you are faced live with the questions.
3. Get JAMB Recommended Textbooks
If the JAMB board has recommended some textbooks in a particular year, then you need to get it, because, the examiners will set questions from the textbooks that has been recommended.
JAMB usually recommends textbooks for each subject from various authors, to pass excellently well, get those textbooks, and make them your study guide up unto the day of the exam.
Try as much as possible not to read outside of the textbooks that has been recommended by the Exam Board.
4. Study With JAMB Syllabus
The JAMB Syllabus is a very important tool to use when preparing to UTME. The syllabus helps you to plan and prepare in the right way.
The syllabus explains the subject’s structures, and instructions to expect during the exams. Ensure you use the JAMB Syllabus, because it is of great help to applicants.
5. Time Management
Time Management skills is crucial for every Jamb aspirant, this will allow you to finish your exams in the allocated time.
If you can practice effective time management before the exam day, you will be able to beat the time on the computer.
To do this, try to practice with JAMB CBT Apps online and offline, this will help you get familiar with the way JAMB sets their time.
6. Target a High Score
If you want to get a high score, it is ideal that you have a target, and you train your mind and brain to think towards the target you have set.
Be specific, and be realistic when setting the targets, and work towards the target you have set.
Speak positive words to yourself all through the period of preparing to yourself. tell yourself the kind of score you want to have, and you will be surprised at how you will get it, because you will be excited and pushed to work towards it.
7. Work with Fellow JAMB Applicants
It is always advisable to get people of like minds to study with when preparing for certain exams. You can join a study group, or go to a tutorial class. If you are in the midst of people like that, you are able to learn well and learn faster.
Surround yourself with intelligent people, people who also have the same goal to pass and succeed with high grades, just as you are.
When you join tutorial sessions, you also have access to experts who have written and passed JAMB in previous years, and you can be well tutored.
8. Avoid Distractions
Distractions are tools that makes a person lose focus, and you eventually come out with low scores.
Whatever you are doing, try as much as possible to avoid distractions as much as you can. Immediately you begin preparations for exam, stay away from anything that will distract you.
You can stop visiting friends, or going out with them, stay away from social media, or games, and try to fix your focus on your exam. It’s just for a short period of time, it won’t kill you to stay away from things and people that causes distractions.
9. Study Consistently
Study SMART and Study consistently, have a study schedule that will guide your study. Set alarms to remind you of the time you are meant to study. Run away from procrastination, and ensure you get the job done at the right time you are required to.
10. Sit for JAMB Mock Examination
JAMB conducts Mock examination for applicants days before the main examination, this will also help JAMB to test the efficiency and credibility of their software, and also put the candidates to a test of their ability.
However, not everyone is alalowed to participate in the Mock Exam, only those who are interested, and who are the first set of candidates to register for the exam are allowed to do so.
UTME may be challenging for some candidates and simple for others, however, if you want to succeed academically and take the exam just once, try to follow the instructions above and make sure you are well prepared.
Nothing good comes easy, your hard work, consistency, and dedication is required to get the high score you want.
Below is a list of various ways you can prepare and pass JAMB Examination in 2023
- Start Preparing Earlier
- Study with Past Questions
- Get JAMB recommended textbooks
- Study with JAMB syllabus
- Time Management
- Target a high score
- Work with fellow JAMB applicants
- Avoid distractions
- Study Consistently
- Sit for JAMB Mock Examination