To pass post UTME, you need a unique kind of preparation that is (unlike JAMB) more peculiar to your school of choice and course of study.
In this post, I will be detailing 17 powerful secrets that will help you pass post UTME with even more than the perfect score that you need for your admission.
Here are the highlights of the crucial aspects of this post:
- What to do BEFORE your post UTME day
- What do on the hot seat of your post UTME (D-day)
- After post UTME, what next?
POST UTME PREPARATIONS
As you countdown to the D-day of your post UTME, here are 10 important preparations to get yourself ready for that perfect score that you aim for.
1. Know your POST UTME date and time
Once you register for your POST UTME, an exam slip will be giving to you.
Cherish that slip because it contains all your exam details including the date, time and venue.
Memorize your exam date or set an alarm for it on your phone to avoid stories that touch.
2. Stay close to your POST UTME exam venue
POST UTME exams are done within your selected school. If this your selected school is far from where you stay, move closer.
Find a family or friend that lives closer to your selected school and squat with them at least a night before your POST UTME exam.
3. Create a reading timetable
Reading timetables are easy to create but hard to follow.
But you can make your own reading timetable easy to create and FUN to follow.
Here are some simple hacks:
- Early mornings or late nights
Go for early mornings if you are a daytime reader and only do late nights if you are an all-nighter.
Pick only ONE. Never do both.
- Read your best subjects first
Reading your best subjects first will put you in a happy mood that will take you a long way through those other hard subjects (that you hate).
- Have short breaks and long breaks
Take a break anytime you start feeling frustrated about what you are reading.
4. Know the JAMB cutoff mark
Most federal universities do not go below 200, no matter what JAMB says.
Knowing the JAMB cutoff mark for your school will tell if you are qualified for their POST UTME.
And if not, there is always a change of institution form.
5. Know your school’s admission cutoff
When it comes to admission cutoff mark, some schools like UNILAG aggregate your JAMB score with your POST UTME score, while UI aggregates even your WAEC grades.
Knowing the admission cutoff mark of your school will give you the full gist on how many marks are left for you to score in your POST UTME.
6. POST UTME number of questions
The average number of questions in most POST UTMEs are 50 (highest is 100) for 3 – 5 subjects.
Find out the exact number of POST UTME questions for your school, how many questions are asked per subject and the overall time limit.
Sounds trivial but timing is key.
And these details will help you decide how much time to allocate to each question, subject and paper.
7. Go with a pen and pencil
Even if it is a Computer Based Test (CBT), still go with your pen and pencil in case of any necessity.
You may need to calculate some of your answers or at least sign attendance sheet.
8. Get to your POST UTME venue on time
Apart from the risk of missing your paper, going late to exams have been confirmed to increase forgetfulness.
And the last thing you want after arriving late to your exam is to find it hard remembering what you read, especially the little exam time left.
It is better to arrive too early than to arrive too late.
Early arrival will buy you some time to relax the tension and further rehearse what you have read.
9. Beware of scammers
What they do is write 1.D 2.A 3.E at random and try to sweet talk you that the questions leaked.
Some of these scammers can even be your fellow candidate.
Whoever they are or claim to be, giving them your money is at owner’s risk.
10. Join exam study groups
Finally for preparation, attach yourself to a study group.
A study group will expose you to different keypoints on your exam that you never knew before.
It is also easy for you to find a reading partner in an exam-focused group.
Exam-focused study groups are on Facebook and you can also join fellow Toppers here for FREE.
POST UTME EXAMINATION
So the D-day finally comes, and what are those crucial rules that you must follow to avoid bad lucks?
11. Follow instructions strictly
Listen to the invigilators and start ONLY when you are told to start.
Once you have started, follow every other instructions on your exam paper or computer screen.
There was this past question (forgetten the school) that had 17 questions in a subject but the instruction said “Answer 15 questions ONLY.”
Most schools set instructions just to penalize your carelessness or “I-Too-Know”
12. Any question. Ask invigilator
Are you having problems with your computer or you want to borrow pencil?
Ask an invigilator to help.
Invigilators can help you with anything and I mean ANYTHING.
Talking to a fellow candidate in the middle of your examination is a punishable offence but if you still want to risk it — all the best.
13. Start with your best subject
It is better to start with your best subject because it is usually the easiest for you to answer.
Since your best subject is usually the most simple to you, answering questions under it will be fast and that gives you more time to spend on the remaining subjects later.
Subjects with too much calculations can waste time so unless you are very good at Maths and Physics, save them for last.
14. Face your work
POST UTME exam time limits are always shorter than the number of questions asked.
Many schools give 60minutes for 100 questions, and a hour for 150 or 200 questions!
Any second you spend talking to someone or doing something else during your exam is a time wasted.
And CBTs are the trickiest because humans can hear “I beg” but computers can NOT give you an extra time no matter how much you plead.
Face your work and if you must help your bestie, do it ONLY after you are done with your work.
15. Skip and review later
No matter how much you read, there will be some questions that are straight out of hell.
Instead of wasting time cracking your head on one question, skip it and move to the next question.
After answering all other questions that you know, you can revisit those tough ones that you had skipped earlier.
16. Guessing is luckier than blank
It is advisable to also attempt POST UTME questions that you do not know the answer.
Attempt means try.
Picking an answer at random gives you 20 – 25% chance which is better that the zero percent of leaving it blank.
You can increase these your chances even further when you know how to make an intelligent guess.
17. Crosscheck before you submit
Crosschecking your work will help you confirm that all questions have been attempted before you submit.
For Pencil and Paper Tests (PPTs):
Go through your OMR sheets again to confirm that all questions are shaded and well shaded.
For Computer Based Tests (CBTs):
All the question numbers will display on your computer screen at the end of your attempts.
You can see from there if you left any questions unanswered.
AFTER POST UTME, WHAT NEXT?
What is left for you after your POST UTME is to keep an eye out for when results will be out.
Your POST UTME result will tell if you met the admission cutoff mark of your school or department.
If not, get a change of institution or change of course form.