Did you just register for TRCN or failed the exam before and would like to know how to pass it without rewriting?
In this guide,
You will see the sure tips on how to pass your TRCN examination this year once and for all even if it has been long since you left school.
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Only those who pass the examination will be certified and licensed as professional teachers.
Teachers with TRCN certificate enjoy higher remuneration and employability, especially in government schools and many big private schools in Nigeria.
What is the pass mark for TRCN exam?
TRCN exam pass mark is 50% which is half of the total number of questions you were asked.
The questions are usually fifty in number (some categories or years may contain more).
Score less than half (50%) and that’s failure. Fail three times and you will be suspended from rewriting the exam for at least a year.
After the suspension, you will be required to pay a penalty fee before the permission to register and sit for the exam again.
Would you like to avoid these waste of time and money by passing your TRCN exam once and for all?
How to pass TRCN examination
TRCN exam is easy to pass for bonafide teachers like YOU.
Whether you just graduated or it has been a while, just follow the TRCN sure success tips below.
1. Register early
When you register early for TRCN exam, your preparation also starts early with enough time to reduce that “exam panic” that we all use to feel.
“Early” here means at least a month before the exam date.
The earlier you register for TRCN and start studying, the more time you have to revise those education topics that you may have forgotten.
The more you refresh your memory on those topics, the better your exam confidence which reduces your panic and improves your success rate in the exam.
2. Study according to the TRCN syllabus for your category
According to TRCN, there are four categories of teachers:
- Category A – teachers with a Doctorate degree.
- Category B – teachers with a Master’s degree.
- Category C – teachers with a Bachelor’s degree.
- Category D – teachers with an NCE.
…and each of these categories has its own TRCN exam syllabus.
Though, the topics in each of the syllabuses are the same for all categories, the depth and complexity of areas to be covered under each topic increases with the category.
Only category D teachers are to stick to their syllabus.
If you are in any of the higher categories, you are required to study according to both the TRCN syllabus for your Category and that of the categories below yours.
- Category C teachers must study according to Category C and Category D syllabuses.
- Category B teachers must study according to Category B, C, and Category D syllabuses.
- Category A teachers must study according to Category A, B, C, and Category D syllabuses.
This is because as a higher category teacher (let’s say, Master’s degree holder), it is believed that you must have scaled through the depth of topics at the NCE and first degree level before you reached Master’s.
If you are in any of the higher categories, DO NOT PANIC!
Remember that the topics are the same for all categories. So, just read each topic deeper and wider if your category is higher.
It’s the same topics after all.
3. Focus on the Areas of Concentration (AOC)
There twenty-three (23) topics in the syllabus where your TRCN EXAM QUESTIONS will be asked from.
But only six (6) of these topics are the most important.
This means that most of the questions ALWAYS come from these six topics, irrespective of your Category and year of exam.
These six (6) topics are:
- Use of Library
- Educational Statistics
- Research Methods
So, while you study accord to your syllabus(es), focus on these topics the most.
Give each of them extra study time because more of your TRCN exam questions will be asked from them than from other topics.
4. Study TRCN past questions
There is this misconception about past questions.
Some candidates cram past questions with the hope of seeing the exact same question (word-for-word) in their own exam.
Of course, past questions are repeated but in different manner, using different words, and from different areas of the same topic.
Take for example.
A question under Philosophy of Education may ask “Who is the father of Pragmatism?”
A similar question will then be asked again in another year as “The Pragmatic school of thought originated from which country?”
Right there is a repeated past questions.
They are both from the same area (pragmatism) in the same topic (Philosophy of Education). Only the structure was changed.
Past questions are EXPO because they EXPOse you to deeper insight on those particular areas in the topic of your syllabus.
Study past questions for these deeper insights because knowing that John Dewey, an AMERICAN philosopher was the father of pragmatism also tells you that that pragmatic school of thought originated from USA.
5. Practice CBT
TRCN exam is CBT.
CBT is short for “Computer Based Test” which means that all your TRCN exam questions will be asked and answered using a computer.
No theory. No OMR sheet.
The questions would have already been programmed on the computer in your exam centre.
All you have to do is click on the correct answer to each question and submit when you are done.
Can you do that?
If you can do that, move straight to the next tip. But if you still struggle with CBTs, then see how to start and finish your TRCN EXAM USING A COMPUTER.
6. Leave no question unanswered
It is better to choose a random answer to a question you don’t know than to leave blank.
At the beginning of the exam, there will be some questions that you don’t know the answers to.
Skip them and move to the next.
After answering all the questions you know, go back to that question you skipped and pick any answer.
7. Submit ONLY when you are done
Make sure you click on the “SUBMIT” button at the end of your TRCN exam before leaving the hall.
But ensure you have answered all the questions before clicking on that button because once you SUBMIT, you cannot go back to the questions again.
You will be tempted to ask someone beside you for an answer to a question you don’t know.
Just remember that that person may be in a higher or lower category with different questions entirely.
And even if they are in your category, their number 1 question might be your number 29.
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