October 20, 2020
reading comprehension

6 Common WASSCE Comprehension Mistakes to Avoid

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We want to look at a short list of the common WASSCE comprehension mistakes that many candidates keep making each year.

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My motive is to show you what you must avoid doing in the exam hall.

And I know if you’re the very serious type of student with a concrete worthwhile purpose on your mind, you will take these common WASSCE mistakes seriously and take steps to fix them.

Common comprehension mistakes

1. Where a question asks you to give a word or phrase which means the same and can replace an underlined one in the passage,

Do not explain the meaning of the word as if you were compiling a dictionary. Just give the word or phrase.

Do not give more than one answer to any one word or phras

 2. Do not copy whole paragraphs for your answers.

3. Do not quote words or phrases’ or sentences from the passage without using quotation marks (inverted commas) where the question directs you to quote. Quote means quote so you must quote.

5. Never confuse part of speech (noun, verb adjective, adverb, preposition, pronoun etc.) With figure of speech (simile, metaphor, paradox, personification, oxymoron etc.) Remember also that literary device or literary technique is synonymous with figure of speech.

6. Do not write your answer in a different tense to a particular question in a different tense.

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Ralph Nyadzi

Ralph has a passion for the teaching and learning of Language and Literature mainly because these two help him to understand and appreciate why people act the way they do. Over the past two decades, he has coached over 5000 students and adult learners to achieve their educational goals. Ralph is the founder and CEO of Cegast Academy.

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