Literature-in-English is one subject that is compulsory for an art student to pass in WAEC. While some Students complain about the subjects, others see it as simple as any other subject. For a student to be able to write and pass literature in WAEC, the student must have read all the texts recommended. But reading the recommended texts is not enough, being able to provide a satisfactory answer will go a long way in making a student pass the subject. There are ways a student can answer literature questions in WAEC and pass.

Some of the things to have in mind which will help you in literature exams are explained below:

  • The first thing to note is that the subject is divided into three parts and they are taken on different days. Objective and prose which is paper 1 and 2 are taken first and drama and poetry taken on a different day. This knowledge will help you prepare your mind towards your exams.
  • As an arts student preparing to write literature and pass, one thing you should know is that being conversant with literary terms would go a long way. You should know the meaning of the different literary terms so that you know how and where to use them in your theory. When you know the different terms and their meaning, you won’t get your answer mixed up. Example replacing farce with dramatic irony, etc.
  • The objective paper is totally objective and literary appreciation. It doesn’t need a guess work and this is why you need to know what each term means in literature. It is usually 50 questions and part of it is based on Williams Shakespeare book, and you wouldn’t want to fail 50 objectives. The answer to this is to read wide and read extensively.
  • In the other papers, which is made up of prose, drama and poetry, you are given two books on each genre, both African and non African and it is compulsory for you to answer 1 book on both the African and the Non African.
  • A student that has not read the book recommended extensively cannot answer the questions and have at least a C. This is why you need to prepare early and it is always advisable to have in-depth knowledge of at least 2 books, both from the African and the Non African. Do not wait until you have seen the timetable before you start reading your literature recommended texts.
  • You need to know that you have to at least like literature to be able to pass. This means that you don’t have to sit down and start cramming, rather what you should do is know what the story, drama or poetry is about. This is because in literature, you do not know where the question will come from. In a situation where you got the whole story and the characters involved, wherever the question will come from, you will be able to answer it.
  • One of the best ways to prepare for your literature exams is trying to answer the questions after reading the text. Also, attempt past questions and then score yourself or take your answer to a literature teacher to score you. Take note of what points you missed and make corrections.
  • Note that, for every question asked in literature in the theory section, you are expected to give a detailed and meaningful answer that relates to the question and also make references to the text.
  • You need to note that the examiner does not score you based on how many lines or pages your answer is but on how you can put down points relating to the question in details. An example is if you are asked to analyze the character of Adah in Buchi Emecheta’s “second class citizen”. This means explain everything about Adah in details, her childhood, Cher beliefs, her successes and failures etc. If you are asked to compare and contrast some characters, you need to know that this means similarities and differences between the characters. Understanding the language used in asking the questions will go a long way in helping you to answer it correctly.
  • The poetry section might seem harder but is you understand the question clearly and you studied the poetry extensively, you would be able to answer it. One of the things that will give you marks in poetry as well as other genres of literature is the use of quotations.
  • In writing literature to pass, do not make mistakes in spellings especially in names, characters, etc. Students do not know this, but marks are deducted when you spell names wrongly in the questions you are asked.
  • Finally, make your work as neat as possible. Let the examiner know you are sure of what you are doing. The key to pass literature exams is being conversant with the books recommended and the terms in literature.

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