Why Students fail examinations

  After the release of the WAEC 2017 results and also the JAMB results, I have seen the result of so many candidates. While some passed excellently, others passed while the rest failed. In this article, I will be focusing on those that failed their examination.

However, I will not limit it to WAEC and JAMB examinations only but also NECO,other external examinations and school examinations. A lot of candidates have asked me different questions including:

  • Why did I fail WAEC? 
  • Why did I fail JAMB? 
  • I did the examination very well but still failed, why? 


   I have decided to use this article to provide the right answer to all these questions. I will not only discuss why students fail examination but also how to pass your next examination. Why did you fail examination? Your reason for failing an examination might be external or personal reason. These external factors include:

  • Human error(error from your examination marker or recorder) 
  • Error during result upload

   However, 98% of examination failure is usually due to personal reasons as these external factors seldom occur. As a result, I don’t want you to use the above external factors as a reason for your failure unless you are not guilty of the personal reasons below.

5 REASONS WHY STUDENTS FAIL EXAMINATIONS 

1. YOU DID NOT STUDY ENOUGH

Trust me! This is the main reason why students fail examination. Ask yourself “Did I study enough?”. You only write what you know during examination, and you only know what you read. You might however study very well but still fail, why? Because your reading is not effective. Read this article on “How to read effectively and remember everything” to see the best reading practices you must cultivate while studying.

 

2. BAD HANDWRITING

Your handwriting is the first impression an examination marker gets. The better your handwriting, the higher your chances of passing provided you have written down something good. No examination marker is ready to stress his/her eyes to be able to see what you have written when there are hundreds/thousands of other scripts to be marked.

Bad handwriting reduces your chances of passing even when you provide the right answers. Let me inform you that a candidate might get A in a subject while the other will get a C or D even though they write exactly the same thing because of the difference in their handwritings.

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3. POOR WRITING SKILL

How you provide answers to questions also determines whether you will pass or fail. A lot of candidates think they have written something good not knowing they are already writing out of point. This is one of the mistakes students make during examination that costs them a lot of mark. You might have written out of point in your examination.

 

4. YOU MADE SOME COSTLY MISTAKES DURING THE EXAMINATION

Do you even know that a lot of candidates fail examination because of some mistakes they have failed to take note of? You might have made one of these costly mistakes. Don’t worry, you are not alone. I have provided a list of these mistakes and how you can avoid them. The articles below will definitely help you to achieve this.

5. YOU DID NOT USE THE RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOKS

Imagine a 400L student reading an O-level textbook to prepare for examination, what do you expect? Failure, nothing more!. Every examination body have provided a list of recommended textbooks to be used by candidates. You should note that questions will be asked from these recommended textbooks. You might have failed because you did not read the recommended textbooks.

I FAILED MY EXAMINATION, WHAT I SHOULD DO? 

Now that you know why you failed your examination, the next thing is to know what to do next. Below is a list of 5 things you should do if you failed an examination.

1. DO NOT GIVE UP

I must tell you giving up is just the beginning of your failure in life. If you give up, you are betraying yourself. People have failed WAEC more than 5times but eventually pass it and still become successful in life. Failing your examination does not make you a failure in life, it does not hinder you from achieving your dream. This is the time for you to stand up and make the right decision.

2. STUDY HARDER

This time, you have to get it right. There is no failure in your DNA, you are not born to fail. Start reading for the examination, cover all the topics in all the textbooks, make use of the syllabus and read  the recommended textbooks.

The articles below will help to maximise your study.

3. REWRITE THE EXAMINATION

The only advice I can give you is to register for the examination again. If you have failed in the just concluded WAEC, you can still register for WAEC/GCE, NECO or NECO/GCE. Before you rewrite it, read 12 Most Effective Ways To Pass Any Examination.

4. IMPROVE YOUR WRITING SKILL

Learn how to give answers to questions, make sure you don’t write out of point. Give answers to questions accordingly.

5. WORK ON YOUR HANDWRITING

You don’t need to be told you have a bad handwriting before you realise that. If you know your handwriting is not good enough, make sure to work on it. Tell someone with a better handwriting to teach you, don’t be shy to learn.

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I believe if you can do all that I listed above on this article and other recommended ones, you will slap your next examination right across its face.

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Let us hear from you, which of these reasons do you think made you failed your examination? What is your plan and what have you done to prevent this next time? Let us know by using the comment box below.


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