# Tips to Pass Mathematics in WAEC, NECO, JAMB & GCE

How do I pass mathematics in WAEC, NECO, JAMB, GCE, and NABTEB? On any kind of test, mathematics is one of the subjects that students find the hardest. Most students still find it hard to do well on exams, whether they are WAEC, NECO, GCE, NABTEB, or any other kind.

Only a small number of students can confidently say that they can handle math tests on their own. The truth is that these people have worked on themselves.

Most of the time, math hurts students’ WAEC, NECO, JAMB, or GCE scores every year. So many things could have gone wrong, but they didn’t take care of them in time.

Mathematics, unlike most other subjects, needs some special skills, and that’s what I’m going to teach you.

In this article, I’ll show you surefire ways to learn math and pass any math test, whether it’s WAEC, NECO, JAMB, or GCE.

Before we start, let me give you a few reasons why you need to do well on your math examination.

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## Why you must pass mathematics in WAEC

### #1. It is a subject that all students must take

Mathematics is a required subject that every student must pass. According to the new school curriculum, English language and math are the only two subjects that must be taken. Schools could decide to make more subjects required for all of their students.

If you want to go to college, you have to do well in math, English, and any other three subjects that are important to your course.

**Why do we have to learn mathematics?**

Mathematics is required because most things people do, even the things they do every day, require calculations, which you can’t do if you don’t know how to do them. So, math is an important part of education because it teaches students how to use math to solve problems.

### #2. It helps you learn how to think fast and accurately.

To find a solution to a math problem, you have to think in many different ways.

All of this helps you think faster. Since math requires you to think quickly and carefully, it helps you be careful and quick in everything you do.

You have now seen a few reasons why you need to pass your math test. Let’s talk about how you can pass your math test for sure.

## How to Pass Mathematics in WAEC, NECO, JAMB, or GCE Exams

### 1. Get used to solving math problems

Back in school, there was a saying that **if you leave mathematics, mathematics will leave you.**

That sounds like a local thing to say, but it makes a lot of sense.

I’m not just telling you because I heard the slang. I’m telling you this because I tried it out and found that it’s true.

Back when I was in college, I only studied mathematics for the sake of examinations. I only wanted to pass, that was all.

I never enjoyed it a bit. I didn’t decide to study until I had about two years left of college. I did this so I wouldn’t have to stay in school.

I chose to solve mathematical problems every day. Mondays and one other day of the week were set aside as mathematics days for me. Sometimes, I solve maths late at night after I had read my books for the day (according to my reading timetable)

At one point, it was fun for me to solve math problems every day because I knew how they worked. Then I learned that the rules of math are the same everywhere.

Once you know how to use math signs like the plus sign (+), the minus sign (-), the sign for multiplication (X), the sign for division (), and the brackets (), you are almost done.

These were the first math ideas I learned, so that’s where I began.

### #2. Build your skill and confidence in solving maths

So many students say that math is the worst and hardest subject they have to take. When you hate a class or topic, that topic will also dislike you. The truth is that.

No matter how good you are in school, that subject will always be hard for you.

Accept the subject and open your heart to it.

The first tip is the only way to boost your self-confidence (solve mathematical problems everyday)

Even if it doesn’t seem to work, keep doing it and I’ll bet you that one day it will. You’ll see how easy it is for you to do.

### 3. Stick to the mathematics lesson plan (scheme of work)

Syllabus tell you WAEC, NECO, JAMB, or GCE topics and books which every student must read to pass.

The test must cover the things on the syllabus. Because of this, you need it.

Syllabus (scheme of work) make it easier to read and point you in the right direction. If you study without the WAEC, NECO or JAMB, you are reading in the dark. You might end up saying, “None of what I read showed up in exam.” Don’t let this happen to you.

**If you can, read about all of the things on your syllabus. But if you cannot, adopt this method:**

Divide the syllabus into three parts, and make sure you read a few topics from each. Check out what to do next.

Let’s say you have 42 mathematics topics on your syllabus, divide them into 3 groups. That means there will be 14 topics in each part. The first part should cover topics 1–14, the second part should cover topics 15–28, and the last part should cover topics 29–42.

Now, read at least 10 topics from each section. This means that you must have gone through 30 topics by the time you’re done, and there are still 12 topics left.

You can choose to read about a few other things. Make sure you know a lot about each topic.

### #4. Read mathematics past questions and answers

Like I always say, students don’t give past questions and answers enough credit. It gives you an advantage over other students and helps you feel better about yourself.

The past questions helps you learn the nature of questions to expect during your own examination. It helps you get ready ahead of time.

### #5. Answer your questions starting with the most common ones

Don’t waste your time with questions you can’t answer. While writing your exams, start with the ones you already know the most about.

Get your best grades on the ones you know best before you move on to the ones you don’t know.

### #6. Show the whole process at each step

Do not only give answers to maths questions. Show how you got your answers as well.

If you do not know, each step in math has its own mark, and if you skip a step, you miss the mark.

If you don’t have your steps, your answers won’t matter to the graders.

Show clear steps of how you got to your final answer, and you will get a perfect score.

### #7. Clean up your work

Do not mutilate your work because it will make it look dirty and suspicious. When you start crossing out things on your answer sheet, the grader might think you were trying to copy from somewhere else.

Work that is neat and well put together also helps you get better grades.

### #8. Make good use of your time

Just like I said before, don’t think too much about things you don’t know. Start with the ones you already know and move quickly.

Don’t put yourself under extra stress just because you want to move quickly.

Make sure you give each question enough time and stick to it.

## How to pass Mathematics in WAEC, NECO, JAMB, GCE, and NABTEB

Because math is different from other subjects, the test takes 3 hours.

Follow the advice above, and then tell your story.

If you have any more questions, please leave them in the comments.