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9 Common Mistakes to Avoid In JAMB UTME

Once upon a time, in a land where education was highly valued, there was a group of students preparing for JAMB UTME. They had heard stories of how challenging the exam could be and were determined to ace it.

However, despite their hard work and dedication, some of them made common mistakes that could have been avoided. These mistakes not only cost them valuable marks but also affected their chances of gaining admission into their desired universities.

In order to help future JAMB UTME candidates avoid these common mistakes, we have compiled a list of the top 9 mistakes to avoid. So, if you're a JAMB UTME candidate, be sure to read on and learn from the experiences of those who have gone before you. 

Let's dive in!

List of Time-Revealing Mistakes You Should Avoid While Preparing For UTME and During the Exam

  1. Procrastination: Procrastination can lead to last-minute cramming and inadequate preparation. Avoid putting off your study sessions or other exam-related tasks until the last minute. Create a study schedule, stick to it, and start your exam preparation early to give yourself ample time to cover all the necessary topics and practice.
  2. Neglecting the Exam Syllabus: The JAMB UTME exam syllabus outlines the topics and content that will be covered in the exam. Neglecting to thoroughly review and understand the syllabus can result in studying irrelevant materials or missing important topics. Make sure to carefully review the exam syllabus and align your study materials and efforts accordingly.
  3. Not Practicing Past Questions: Past questions from previous years' exams are valuable resources for understanding the exam format, types of questions, and the level of difficulty. Neglecting to practice past questions can lead to inadequate exam preparation. Make sure to include practicing past questions as a regular part of your study routine to familiarize yourself with the exam format and improve your exam skills.
  4. Overlooking Weak Areas: Every student has their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to different subjects or topics. Overlooking your weak areas during exam preparation can result in inadequate understanding and performance in those areas during the exam. Identify your weak areas and prioritize them in your study plan. Seek help from teachers, tutors, or study materials to strengthen your weak areas.
  5. Overlooking Time Management: Time management is crucial during the exam as you need to answer a significant number of questions within a limited time frame. Failing to manage your time properly during the exam can result in rushing through questions, making mistakes, and leaving questions unanswered. Practice time management techniques during your exam preparation, such as setting time limits for practice questions, to develop effective time management skills.
  6. Ignoring Exam Instructions: Exam instructions are provided for a reason, and ignoring them can lead to mistakes or penalties. Carefully read and follow all exam instructions, including those related to question format, marking scheme, and other important details. Pay attention to the specific requirements of each question and adhere to them accordingly.
  7. Lack of Self-Care: Neglecting self-care during the exam preparation can lead to increased stress and anxiety, which can negatively impact your performance. Make sure to take care of your physical and mental well-being by getting enough sleep, eating well, staying hydrated, and managing stress through relaxation techniques, exercise, or other activities that help you relax and stay focused.
  8. Not Double-Checking: Mistakes can happen, especially in the pressure of an exam. Failing to double-check your answers before submitting your exam can result in avoidable errors. Always take the time to review your answers and ensure that you have answered all the questions to the best of your ability.
  9. Not Seeking Help When Needed: If you encounter difficulties in understanding certain topics or concepts, it's important to seek help from teachers, tutors, or classmates. Not seeking help when needed can result in persistent misunderstandings and inadequate preparation in those areas. Don't hesitate to ask for help and clarification when needed to ensure a thorough understanding of all exam topics.


As the day of the JAMB UTME approached, Tom had butterflies in his stomach. He had prepared thoroughly and was ready to take the exam, but he couldn't shake off the feeling that he might make some common mistakes.

Fortunately, he had stumbled upon a useful article titled "9 Common Mistakes to Avoid In JAMB UTME" which had provided him with invaluable tips and advice. From being mindful of time management to carefully reading instructions, he had taken note of all the recommended strategies.

As he sat down to take the exam, he felt confident and well-prepared. He recalled the article's advice and carefully avoided the pitfalls that had caught out so many other students before him.

When the results were released, Tom was thrilled to find out that he had scored an impressive 300 out of 400, putting him in the top 10% of all JAMB UTME takers that year.

Reflecting on his success, Tom was grateful for the advice he had received and knew that it had made all the difference. He made a mental note to share the article with his friends and classmates who were yet to take the exam, hoping that they too would benefit from the wisdom it contained.

As he looked ahead to his bright future, Tom knew that he had avoided the common mistakes and had set himself up for success.

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