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10 Most Common Topics in Physics Examination in WAEC, NECO & JAMB (2024)

Physics is an interesting subject and easy to pass if you understand the subject. Though most science students are often of the fact that they prefer physics to chemistry, however, this subject still remains one of the most important subjects as it is required in studying all Engineering and science related courses in higher institutions. Candidates sitting for the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE), NECO (National Examination Council) or the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) sometimes dread this subject because they don’t prepare adequately for it.

One strategy of passing Physics in any of the above listed examinations is studying hard and most importantly, knowing the compulsory questions that the body (WAEC, NECO or JAMB)  test students on that is why we have listed the 10 most compulsory WAEC topics in Physics for you to test yourself on. The importance of Physics as a requirement for admission into various higher institution cannot be underestimated. According to various higher institutions, one of the numerous admission requirements for studying any science or engineering course is that candidate passes Physics, Physics, Mathematics, and English language. However, there are some courses offered in higher institutions that do not require Physics or a Credit pass as a requirement but they are just a few.

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10 Most Common Topics in Physics Examination in WAEC, NECO & JAMB ([year]) 1

Passing Physics in WAEC, NECO or JAMB is very simple so long as you are prepared for the questions ahead. Getting prepared as a result of being aware of the most likely Physics questions in WAEC makes it even more interesting.

The most likely topics listed below are compulsory topics in both Objective (Obj) and theory. To further break it down, we highlighted the most common topics under objective and theory for ease of understanding. Knowing the most compulsory topics in Physics  for WAEC is not enough as adequate preparedness is key to passing Physics in your exam that is why you are advised to get past questions and answer papers and test yourself on the under-listed topics below to ascertain your strengths and weaknesses.

Always remember that Examiners are very smart, they know it is very possible to attempt all questions adequately given the allotted time so they present you with time wasting questions like that carries equal marks with other simpler and direct ones. In this case, you are advised to skip such questions on and come back to it after being done with the others. However, strengths and weaknesses differ so if you know you are very good at the so called time wasters, you could go ahead with it when confronted with one.

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One last thing to note is that different marks are allotted to different questions. In the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), the National Examination Council or UTME, some questions carry higher mark than the others though they could be time wasting too so you must find a balance when solving questions on such questions.

Much has been said not just about the 10 WAEC or NECO compulsory topics to expect in Physics examination but how to attempt them and which question must be given priority. Now I will be listing the 10 most common WAEC and NECO topics in Physics you must come across in both Objective and theory section. These topics when mastered MUST guarantee you a distinction in Physics in any of the examination you are tested at.

10 Most Compulsory WAEC Topics in Physics Examination (Theory and Obj)

The topics listed below are:

  1. Questions on Electromagnetic waves (mostly Objectives and sometimes theory )

  2. Fundamental quantities and Vector quantities, Motion( obj and theory)

  3. Projectiles (obj and theory),

  4. Temperature

  5. Linear Expansivity

  6. Specific heat capacity (obj and theory)

  7. Radioactivity

  8. Atoms (questions on atomic structure  or related questions but mostly obj)

  9. The Fundamental quantities are scalar and vector (mostly obj)

  10. Questions on conduction, Radiation and convection).

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Please take the above topics very seriously. If you are willing and determined to pass Physics in WAEC or NECO, your mastery of the 10 compulsory topics with the approved WAEC text book for senior secondary school and attempts on various past questions would do you a lot of positives in passing this subject.

Do you have any questions as regards the above? Please reach out to us via the comment section below and we shall respond immediately. Note that the most likely WAEC topics for Physics examination listed above does not mean you should avoid other topics, remember that the examiner isn’t testing you for Physics topics in SS 3 classes only but on all Physics topics ranging from SS 1 first term to the completion of your SS 3. It is as a result of its cumbersomeness that i thought it necessary to list the exact topics that must come out yearly after thorough research.

Best of luck to all aspirants.

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