Secret of Passing Examinations


It has been observed that the lackadaisical attitude exhibited by most students is the major impediment that is affecting their coming out successful in their examinations.This article therefore tends to enumerate the reasons for failing examinations and suggested tips that will assist in passing examinations if well followed.


Oxford Advance Learner's dictionary defines secrets as that which is not known or seen or must not be known or seen by others, not declared or admitted to others. It can also be described as the best or only way of doing or achieving something that not many people know.


This can be best defined as moving in specified direction, that is moving forward from one position to the other.


In a broad perspective examination is an instrument for testing, assessment, evaluation and accreditation. It is used for the purpose of selection,placement, certification and promotion as the case may be.

Reasons Why students Fail Examination

There are discernible reasons why many students fail examination, some of these reasons are highlighted as follows:

a. Inadequate Preparation

Many students do not make noticeable preparation towards their examination until some few days or when the timetable for such examination is out.

b. Inappropriate Study Habits

It has been observed also that many students are still adopting old or obsolete methods of testing and test preparation, those that are not compatible with good study habits, some of these bad habits are:

i. Cramming: Cramming does not work. It often proves unsuccessful for the simple fact that its easy leads the student in question to write off point the required answer of the examiner.

ii. Passive Learning: Another way in which the adequacy of a student preparation is undermined is by the way in which the student engaged in passive study. Most student read past marking schemes in one or more times alone believing this will assist them in passing their examination very well. Study has shown, that a more "active" learning approach results in greater learning. Some students even regards themselves as having a magnetic brain with a very high retentive ability, but many students have been proved wrong by the outcome of the examination report.

c. Unproductive Examination Anxiety

A little anxiety is a good thing as it keeps one motivated and alert. Too much, however, may result in dysfunction. In some cases a well prepared student with brilliant study habits may be destabilized if such student is too anxious to sit down and coordinate his presentation during the examination time. Most of the time this is due to fear of failing the examination.

d. Lack of Request Approach to Answering Question

The ignorance of students on the appropriate approach to be adopted in answering the examination question accordingly is another major problem that is militating against success in examinations.

The Way Out

The following tips will assist student in passing any kind of Examination:

a. Adequate Preparation

Examination is not the test of things read when the examination time table comes out but accumulation of what is being learnt with time. In a nutshell, preparation for examination should be every time not a specific time. Student should try to increase their knowledge database with at least gain one new thing per day. Some other tips that will help personnel to adequately prepare well for examination are:

i. Sleep Well

Do not work all night, you need at least six (6) hours of sleep in order to start afresh.

ii. Eat Well

Eating a proper meal at regular times is very important. Eating properly would ensure you have enough energy to tackle your daily studies.

iii. Talk To Someone

If examination preparation or the thinking of the examinations are really making any student ill, worried or depressed, don't hide your feelings. Talk to someone about it. As a problem shared is a problem halved.

iv. Take Breaks

The concentration span of a human being is forty five (45) minutes at a time. So don't task yourself by trying to cram as much information as possible for hours. When your mind is saturated with information, whether you putin one hour or ten, it does not make a difference nothing will go in.

v. Know your Peak

Choose a time of the day when you feel most comfortable studying. It could be morning, late at night or in the afternoon, depending on your preference.

vi. Plan your Day

Try to establish a routine that allows time for meals, sleep, revising and relaxing. And your revision must be at times when you will work at your best.

vii. Exercise

You need to exercise your body so as to have a perfect physical and mental alertness, that will help in passing examination.

viii. Stop thinking and worrying about the examination or what will happen; always be optimistic and your spirit will flow in that direction of success.

b. Adopt Good study habits

Cramming should not be adopted as a means of passing examination and study materials should not be narrowed down to few materials but the student should endeavour to read wide enough to cover all that is required for pass the examination in question.

c. Adopt the Right Approach

Any student or candidate in any examination should try to know what the examiner or the examination is required because there are uniqueness is some examination as all examinations are not same.

d. Calming Down in the Examination Hall

Anxiety should be reduced to the bearest minimum by any examination candidate, so as not to affect their concentration and coordination. This has to do with the psychological balance of the student. It is advised that all students should conquer the examination fear and not to allow the examination to conquer them; this will be achieved by being calm and optimistic about the examination.

Conclusively, any examination should not be a stumbling block to any student but rather a way to achieve more success, therefore all examination candidates should take any thing called examination serious and prepare by adopting a good study habits and sky will be their beginning when it comes to excelling.


Comments 49 comments

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jollytan 8 years ago from Singapore

Phemephe. This is great information. Thank you for sharing.

sikaz 8 years ago

Think indeed is a well detailed job.It's commendable.

Thank you .I assure you that it would be used for my students

when l get back to the classroom this week.

Peter Irons 6 years ago

From my experience teaching for over 30years. a great many people simply fond it really hard to study/read., For many it simply hurts they eyes or is just to slow. The slowest 16 year olds takleabout three times longer to read an exam question compare dwith the fastest. And the examinations can be very tiring.

emmanuel akoto 6 years ago

i do not think a student reading and applying these principles of passing an exams, should fail in his or her is really nice for a student to pas his or her exams. i am a student of the TEMA METHODIST DAY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL.

raj  5 years ago

wat if first of ur exams go bad due to fear! how to set urself psychologically for the rest of the exam!

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Phemephe 5 years ago from Abuja Author

If you perform below expectation in the first exam.I will advise you to think less about the past and face the future. This is because if you don't do away with the memory of the past you are going to have a lot of headache after the whole exam. Pretend as if all is well and face the next exam with more vigor and determination to succeed. Best of Luck!

derrick 5 years ago

nice work

Praveen Sharma 5 years ago

Great tips for students who really wants to pass any exam, because these are the basic fundamentals of a student life, if anybody follow these principles, he will never fail in any kind of examination. Once again i am appreciating your great job. Thanks Buddy...:):)

EVANS BULALI 4 years ago

Wat a brilliant and superb message..theaz no reason to fail your exams

kriti 4 years ago

Examination concist the mankind of the human

Oyedele Olumayowa 4 years ago

Talking with God in prayers is also important, because without God all your effort may be in vain, pray concerning the examination you may want to do that God should crown all your effort with success and He will answer you.

samuel forte 4 years ago

study the right way and stop thinking about the examinations and u will be sucessful

Christiana Essien 4 years ago

Ur piece is jst so motivational,dis is wat i av always needed.tanks,God bless u

Joseph bayene 4 years ago

Thank you for the tips and am sure i will pass my exams.

Godwin scarface 4 years ago

Tanx for tha superv piece nw i would nt fail any exam..#WINKS

OLUWASOLA DARE. 4 years ago

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Benjamin otieno 4 years ago

I think av realy gained a lot be blessed

Faith marian lzuagie 4 years ago

Tanx for d piece of advice.l think l will not only pass my exams next time but all so with a pleace of mind.God bless u

Bassey faith 4 years ago

Thanks those info were tremendiously good

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Constant nere 4 years ago

I find it very halpfulll...thankyou now i can manage my examss.

Tariq Hussain Akhoon 4 years ago

thank you for giving this valuable information through this article reharding secret of success of examination!

maryanne 4 years ago

ur page really hlpd thank you

Hassan mohamed 4 years ago

Thanx 4 ur assistance nw i could nt think if i could fail my exam..........

namit 4 years ago

everytime i go to examination hall i cant remember anything

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Maggie Bennett 4 years ago from New York

You give some excellent tips here. Nice work.

saina 4 years ago

thanks for giving me this exellent tips

issac 4 years ago

they have really helped me

eddybrown 4 years ago

the comments are so inspiring.may you continue advising more about education since it helps a lot of people including me

emmiepoet 3 years ago

thanx bt God first......and if u choz a specific place to study

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teddy 3 years ago

Thanks really helps I am now top.from mt Sinai cm I school nbi Kenya

dolly 2 years ago

thanks a lot

Wendy 2 years ago

thanks for the tips i will try to use them

marbella ikpeba. 2 years ago

Thank u for the advice I am going to adopt it

Shivangi Singh 21 months ago

Thanks for ur helpful advice ....

marie jocoline 21 months ago

Thanks very my much for your tips.....they are helpful

DODO FODIO BARAN 21 months ago

that is a wonderful tips most students fail exams because of ignorance

Alfredies 20 months ago

I am very pleased with ur advo it is very wondeful

DrJBaumgardt 20 months ago

For referencing purposes, it is important to give both your first name and your surname. I have a student who has referenced this article and need both.

Ronoh Wycliffe 20 months ago

These are the right tips for passing examinations..success to every individual is by going through all these and taking it seriously

shaaban de santos 19 months ago

wow now i knw enxz for zat!!

hamida ahmed 18 months ago

Best plan ever

alex kush 17 months ago

thanks for the advice

samuel m njoroge 17 months ago

no reson to fail at all

Celine mumbi kingori 17 months ago

Am a form four cadidate and i promise to follow and do as advised am expecting my kcse exams next month

Antony mumo 8 months ago

Surely gonnna be ready for deh exam here i come KCPE be ready for me thanx absalutely no reason to fail at all

Arnold Muthui 2 months ago

Thank you for the tips.They have really helped me

kelvin.frm kianyaga high 2 months ago

The tips sound briliant,i will put them in practice

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