Chemistry Paper 3,Nov/Dec 2008  
Questions:         1 2 3       Main
General Comments

Candidates' weakness

(1)        The performance of candidates was affected by the following weaknesses:

  1. non adherence to rubrics;
  2. rampant spelling mistakes;
  3. poor mathematical/manipulative skills;
  4. inability to understand the demands of the questions;
  5. failure to express numerical answers in appropriate number of significant figures;
  6. omission/wrong use of units;
  7. lack of familiarity with common pieces of apparatus in the laboratory;
  8. inability to differentiate between theoretical knowledge and practical observations;
  9. inability to make correct observations and draw logical conclusions from given tests;                                                                                                              

(2)        The following remedies were however, suggested in order to overcoming these weaknesses.    

  1. Candidates should prepare  adequately  for  examination;
  2. candidates should familiarize themselves with  common pieces of apparatus in the laboratory;
  3. Candidates should familiarise themselves with the examination syllabus.
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