How to Prepare For GCE Ordinary, Advanced Level & Board Exam

The GCE Board exams put enormous pressure on even the calmest or most relaxed students. However, with some preparation and a well-planned and organized revision timetable, you can achieve the excellent grades you deserve.
How to Prepare For GCE Ordinary, Advanced Level and Board Exam

How to Prepare For Board Exams?

Temo group and the Cameroon GCE Board have many valuable tools and resources for you, whether you are a student or a teacher. 

These exam tips also apply to candidates sitting in for WAEC ( Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and The Gambia), Zambia, Kenya, USA, GCSE in the UK, and any country secondary or high school exams are undertaken.

How to Prepare and Pass the GCE Ordinary and Advanced Level Exam?

To prepare and pass the GCE or board examination, you should strategize your exam preparation into the following phases:

  1. Preparation Two Months Before the Exam
  2. Preparation One Month Before the Exam
  3. Preparation on Exam Day

Are you ready for the Board Exam?

1. Preparation Two Months Before the Exam

Now is the time to develop some serious thinking about your revision timetable. You should do the following:

  • Check the most up-to-date syllabus for every subject you are sitting in for.
  • Find out about the exam structure (e.g., are questions multiple-choice, short-answer based, or essay-based?)
  • Prepare and adopt a revision timetable
    Preparation Two Months Before the Exam: Make a revision timetable

Vital Revision Tips

Schedule revision or study periods for your most productive times during the day. E.g., if you feel fresh and agile in the morning, make sure you do most of your studying at that time. 

You should also try to:

  • Prioritize exams that make up a large percentage of a subject's grade
  • Highlight important points in your study notes
  • Take regular study breaks to refresh your mind.
  • Use various study revision tools, including books, audio guides, and videos that can be accessed online.
  • Take a look at past questions papers, so you get a feel for the questions and timings
  • Make time for relaxation with family and friends.

2. Preparation One Month Before the Exam

If you are a school student, the chief examiner or GCE Board should provide you with an acceptance slip or entry statement.

Your Statement of Entry directs you on when your exams are being held to make appropriate travel arrangements. Make sure you bring this form with you on exam day.

Preparation on Exam Day (Quick Useful Tips)

In the meantime, continue with your own revision timetable as scheduled. Always remember to schedule breaks so you do not get too tired.

3. Preparation on Exam Day (Quick Useful Tips)

So, you have revised and prepared for the big day. Do not worry if you feel a little anxious or nervous – that is natural. 

  • Follow a few more simple but essential tips to stay relaxed and get the best possible exam results:
  • No matter how difficult it is, remain calm and take deep breaths.
  • Read the instructions on the exam paper completely before you begin.
  • Plan your time judiciously.
  • Proceed on to the next question if you get stuck.
  • Read the questions carefully and ensure you answer every one of them correctly.
  • Make sure you go back and check your work after you finish.


Exams may be a tough nut to crack. However, with the proper composure and preparedness, you will surely pass and succeed in your exams.

Conclusion on how to prepare for the Board Exams

Let us know in the comments below if this comprehensive guide helped you.

Useful Exam Preparation Material

  1. Past GCE Ordinary Level Questions and Answers (O-Level)
  2. Past GCE Advanced Level Questions and Answers (A-Level)

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