How to Prepare For and Pass Post-UTME -

How to Prepare For and Pass Post-UTME

During the JAMB registration or when changing institutions/courses, if you're for a university, polytechnic, or college of education that conducts post-UTME (i.e. entrance exam), you start to worry about how to cross the hurdle ahead.

Some universities such as the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), the University of Lagos (UNILAG), the University of Ibadan (UI), and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), to mention a few, will conduct post-UTME. Yes, they will, except there is a good reason not to do that for a particular year (for example, due to the pandemic such as COVID-19, national social unrest such as EndSARS, the Union strike, etc.).

So, if you fall into the category of students who will write entrance exams, you'll want to know how to prepare ahead.

In this post, I will take you through a few preparatory steps, you should take, for the task to come.

1. Get The Past Questions of the School

Nothing has worked better in the preparation for any exams than taking past questions as a pal. Most schools, conducting post-UTMEs, have their questions and answers already packed and printed.

If the school management is not officially selling such packs, there will be bookshops, computer shops, or school ICT selling these compendia.

Get one and use it to prepare for the coming exams. In most cases, your school doesn't have a new set of questions. They repeat the questions set in the past. They pick a few here and there and put them up for the new year.

If you can lay your hand on one and learn by heart, the journey to the campus is half covered.

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Another way to get such past questions is to talk to a friend, brother, or sister who is already in the same school. They may have the copy they used in their time. 

I won't advise you to get past questions on the internet as many people selling these packs are known for compiling junk around the internet and repackaging it as the past questions and answers for schools.

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2. Attend Special Post-UTME Tutorial

The secret to doing well in the post-UTME can be learned in lessons organized by the school management or some tutorial centers around the school premises.

These people are already familiar with the questions, marking scheme, and grading system being used by the school. Apart from preparing, with past questions, attending the specific tutorials organized for your school's aspirants may set you ahead of those who don't have access to the lessons.

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3. Learn to Perfect The Use Of Computers

Apparently, you already know how to use a computer for exams as that was used for the JAMB UTME, of course. However, there is more to know.

Most students find it difficult to use computers to work within the given time. In other words, because it's a computer, some find it difficult to make good use of their time.

Learn to use the computer to achieve maximum usage of your time. Timing in post-UTME has never been enough.

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4. Group Discussion Helps

If you can find a few friends, even foes (lol), who are preparing for the same post-UTME, you can study together.

With this, you can form a study group where ideas will be shared. Some aspirants have got a few clues to passing the exam and processing the admission, they can share with you in such gatherings.

Some schools are creating (officially) WhatsApp groups, Facebook groups, etc. to allow students to brainstorm on things including the post-UTME. However, if your school doesn't have such a platform, some aspirants like you are creating such. You can look around for any. And if you don't find one, you can start one, yourself, and bring on a few aspirants you know, to start with.

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5. Be in the School Before the Exam

Try to be on the campus or venue a few days or, at worst, a day before the exam. You will be able to familiarize yourself with the environment before the exam time.

Being around, a few days/weeks before the exam, will help you meet other aspirants and share your thoughts. Your seniors (those already on campus) can give you some clues ahead of time too.

Equally, making it earlier to campus will save the headache you may subject yourself to if you have any delay on the way if you're planning to go on the exam day.

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Preparation for the post-UTME is nothing too different from the preparation for the JAMB UTME. If you missed out on any of these tips while preparing for JAMB, you may want to add them this time. They may help you win your dream course in the dream school.

Wish you luck!

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