How to pass TVETs KNEC exam and avoid FAIL and referred units

Many students sitting for KNEC exams have found themselves on a very difficult situation on How to pass TVETs KNEC exam and avoid fails and referred units. This situation has led to students panicking and even failing on their examination we have compiled you simple basic instruction on how to tackle your KNEC examinations freely and confidently to avoid fail and being referred to re-sit some units. A fail means a candidate has been referred for more units maybe three or some courses two

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Simple steps to help Candidates tackle KNEC examination

  1. Review previous KNEC past papers available for your course

This is one of the most underrated skill by students sitting in for their KNEC exams. A student always gets to familiarize him or herself on the kind of questions being set and how to answer them accordingly by reviewing the past set questions. By doing this a student can

  • Predict upcoming questions
  • Know how to answer the questions
  • Identify the marks awarded for particular questions
  • Know the main topics being set and read thoroughly on them

To help you review past questions and how KNEC questions are set we have uploaded past papers on this site available for free. You can check some of the courses available


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2. Focus on your weak subjects or units revision

Some students tend to focus all their energy by reading and specializing all their energy only on units they love. This will find themselves scoring distinction on this units but scoring fail on the other neglected units at the end of the day if you fail more units you may end up re-siting for the whole examinations which is very bad and you don’t want that. So talking of experience I will urge all students doing  their KNEC exams to read on all units but allocate more time to those units they feel they are not good in this will help them great deal.

3.Involve your Friends or Experts

What happens when you are reviewing a unit in Mathematics and you find a very complex mathematics question? Many students will give up on this questions and move to other areas but the simple answer here is to simply mark that question and ask your classmate to help you understand and answer the question. A simple (trick) here is to identify all the questions or topics and form a discussion with your classmates to solve the math.

4. Good timely preparation

There was a moment a student once dressed properly to an examination room with a pen and some of his examination tools. On reaching the examination room he saw his colleagues with ruler’s calculators and mathematical tables on seeing this the student now realized that he had not prepared for the exam being issued at the moment which was mathematics. This is a very huge mistake also done by students a well prepared students should have a timetable in mind to know which exam him or her is going to sit at the moment.

To help you with this we have the 2021 KNEC timetable free for download here with us

 18th JANUARY to 12th FEBRUARY 2021 COLLEGE KNEC timetable

5. Attempt all questions

No matter what, the question is a student or candidate should strive his or her best to answer all the necessary questions as correctly as possible. Leaving blank questions will only worsen your end results this is because a student only needs 40% of the correct questions to attain a pass mark and what happens when you attain a 39% with blank questions there will be zero possibility for a marker to award you an extra mark on an attempted answer hence your final result will be a FAIL unfortunately.


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