- BECE candidates have been warned against going after leaked exam papers
- Exams council, WAEC, says it has a system which tells if a candidate has cheated
- Here are tips on how to become successful in the 2018 BECE
Sitting for your Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) can be very challenging especially when you have no clue as to how to prepare your mind and soul for the papers.
Here in Ghana, we always hear troubling stories of how thousands of candidates fail their papers time and again despite them putting all their efforts into "prep" time and extra classes.
These steps by YEN.com.gh helps us understand and also learn some basic tricks to preparing yourself before and during an examination. Before the exams:
1. Distance yourself from the crowd before the papers. This will prevent any disruptions from taking place
2. Never refer to your notes 20 minutes before your papers. You will get confused
3. All last-minute notes you want to read must be in bullet points
4. Sit in a quiet place and trying recollecting all that you have read.
5. Stay calm and do not panic During the paper
6. The first thing to do is to establish contact with your invigilator so if anything happens you just call on them
7. Make sure you read all examination rules and guidelines 8. Make sure you never establish contacts with mates in the exam hall
9 Have everything ready including your exam kit. Never lend anything
10. Relax, never be nervous. It has been shown that the reason why most candidates fail their papers is largely due to the emotional stress they often suffer before and during the examinations.
The BECE exams have always been fraught with cases of exam malpractice especially when many students are always tempted with the urge to secure for themselves copies of leaked exam questions, popularly known as 'apor'.
Checks by YEN.com.gh show that so many students are now chasing after websites that publish these papers. The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has warned against this acts especially when half a million of students across country (509,824) will be sitting for their BECE today, June 4th.
According to WAEC, “candidates are cautioned against engaging in any examination malpractice of any form, especially collusion, which is prevalent at the BECE".
All forms of cheating, according to the exams council, can be detected by the Item Differentia Profile (IDP) in their objective tests, or in their script during marking.
The total amount of students writing the BECE is 509,824. This is a sharp increase over what we had in 2017 which involved 468,060 students.
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