Chemistry Paper 1 (Practical) ,May/June 2012  
Questions:       1 2 3 4 5 6   Main
General Comments


The weaknesses that were observed generally in the scripts of the candidates include:

  • Copying out the questions on the answer booklet before writing out the answers.
  • Disorderly presentation of answers e.g. part of question 2 appearing after question 4.
  • Drawing of poor diagrams with loss of details.
  • Production of diagrams with wolly and broken lines, free hand guidelines and non-horizontal labels.
  • Not giving titles or magnifications for diagrams and not conforming to size specifications.
  • Poor spelling of labels, technical terms and one word answers
  • Using of abbreviations and SMS English to answer questions e.g. Btw instead of between.
  • Poor grasp of English Language.

The following remedies were proffered to overcome these weaknesses:

  • Teachers should: teach the candidates how  to draw biological diagrams.
  • Engage the candidates in spelling drills and teach the candidates examination writing tips.

The students should: be committed to their studies and endeavour to attempt past question papers before the onset of the examinations.

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