As surprising as this may sound to most of you reading this, maths can open doors for you that you didn’t know existed. The career opportunities in studying maths are vast, it is a subject ingrained in our daily lives so it is associated with almost every job within the workforce and many careers are dependent on maths problem-solving.

Maths is useful to us by letting us count numbers, money, assets, market values and commodities. Not only is it useful in the financial sector it is also useful for our scientific undertakings, but you can also find that mathematical formulas are being used to calculate speed, direction, time, weight, electric signals, electric power, temperature and so forth.

Its use extends to it being applied to programmable apps, for instance, the apps you use to find your location in a certain area, the coding is programmed using mathematical formula to compute all the data that is coming into the app, received by the mobile smartphone.

Sounds complicated for you? Okay, it means you need maths for the apps on your smartphone to work. Studying maths begins at the secondary school level, it begins from Junior Secondary School and ends with sitting for SSCE Maths.

Of course we can’t ignore the numeric and counting we all did back in nursery and primary school, however, real maths starts with secondary school maths. That’s when we begin to see the practical aspects of mathematics.

We will come across real-life math problems as we study maths at secondary school. Which will ultimately result in SSCE Maths exams, where our knowledge of applying it to those scenarios is tested beyond doubt. We suggest you get ready for what’s coming, the SSCE exams is no child’s game.

But still, you needn’t be terrified. With the right exam preparations, it is not a big deal to pass it with flying colours and meet the expectation of your teachers.

A student just needs to pass mathematics in their O'level result or SSCE Exams to be admitted into the university, polytechnic, monotechnic or College of Education. A career path all begins from there, through this process.

Good grades in Maths SSCE can get you any job.
Good grades in SSCE maths can get you any job. Source:

But what are the requirements of SSCE maths? And what careers involve studying maths? Questions you will find answers to in this post. Happy reading.

What Are The Requirements Of SSCE Maths

Apparently, all courses require SSCE maths in Nigeria, because as long as you are seeking admission into a tertiary institution you will need at least a 'Pass' in maths and English language, they are compulsory subjects in WAEC.

But some courses need it more than others. Those in the technical fields, for instance, require you to get a high grade in maths such as a B or an A in your grades before they could admit you.

Whereby courses in the arts and social sciences don’t need a serious distinction in maths before they allow you to join their course, because they hardly ever need mathematics.

Science and technical courses (and some economic courses) are the ones interested in your SSCE maths. The higher your scores in the maths WAEC the more likelihood of you continuing on in a science course.

You can find out what a great deal of information from the exam syllabus, it has helpful notes at the bottom to point you in the right direction. If you are not sure where to look, you can always contact the exam board directly, whether it is WAEC or NECO or GCE. You should be able to find their contact info on their forms and website.

If you are still unsure about what to do, ask your school counselors, they are there to help. They can explain step by step what you need to do, right from registration for the maths SSCE to which course to prep for and so on.

Sometimes, students come up short in their SSCE marks, when this occurs the school doesn’t just kick you them out so that they have to write JAMB again and reapply, but instead, they give the person an alternative to change their course to something less attached to maths or calculations.

The fields of study that require maths include all engineering courses; mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical/electronics engineering, general engineering, mechatronics engineering, etc.

Others include computer science, accounting, physics and applied physics. Many other fields list mathematics as useful and essential to them such as chemistry and biology.

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Chemistry is said to have a connection with maths. Source:

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Benefits Of Preparing For SSCE Maths Early

The benefits of preparing early for an exam cannot be exaggerated, as Alan Armstrong aptly puts it;

Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it.

So, when you have an upcoming exam the hours you spent preparing for it is invaluable, it will affect your overall performance making your grades look good.

The maths WAEC is divided into two exams, but usually written the same day, Maths I and Maths II, about two hours to write each. That shows you just how pitiless maths can be. You better be prepared for it.

Listed below are some of the benefits you will derive from preparing for your SSCE maths early.

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You Have Time To Memorize

Preparing beforehand is essential to allow you time to memorize things. They could be formulas or the structure of how you are to solve a certain maths problem, because mathematics always has a logical way of solving something.

So it is always uniform. Memorizing how it’s done is one way to study it and time is on your side if you begin early.

Not just in maths, you can try this out with any other subject that requires your memorization skills, like figures from chemistry's periodic table or the variation of some formulas in Physics.

You Build Confidence Before The Exams

Walking into the exam hall is sometimes a mind-boggling experience that will leave the student feeling small and inferior, but that is if they know they hadn’t prepared for what is to come.

Preparing for your SSCE can make you stride confidently to your desk and take a seat, while on the other hand if you are ill-prepared you will end up praying this is over as soon as it starts.

Confidence is bestowed on the student because they know what they have learned and all the hours it took them to practice what they have learned. So yeah, they will have some level of confidence walking into the exam hall.

You will notice A students are always confident what they read will appear in the questions, it is not because they got a heads-up of what is to come, it is because they have painstakingly prepared for every topic that could appear.

It Is Essential For Time Management

If you lag in the SSCE maths exams you won’t get another chance to repair it until the following year. And one of the things that could make a person fail is if they are too slow when answering questions and time was up before they could finish.

This will depreciate their marks greatly. It hurts to fail while you already know the answer but you couldn’t find the time to write it down.

You can avoid that if you have been working hard before the exams. You can practice with maths past questions, practicing with it is like sitting for the actual exam, time yourself when practicing or let someone time you.

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You Have Time To Learn From A Tutor

If you want to engage the services of a maths tutor you should know that it is only effective if you planned to start the tuition ahead of time.

Before the exams, you have the time to learn from a tutor, someone who can help you prepare for the SSCE maths. It is a highly effective way of preparing for the exams because they can help you revise and practice maths past questions, etc.


From the moment you write your SSCE maths, you have opportunities lying in front of you whether as careers in maths which you get with a maths degree or as a career in a field related to maths, such as engineering.

Before you apply for the SSCE maths  you have to be sure you have all the necessary requirements of the SSCE as stipulated by the exam board, because every exam type has different terms and conditions.

You can find out more about each exam type if you log on to their website or by reading the latest edition of the exam handouts, with that you can find out what is needed of you.

Once you have made up your mind to join a specific course you can then proceed to set targets on the scores you need, the subjects you need to register in your WAEC and NECO and the grades you need to pass including maths WAEC.

Carefully examine what is needed of you, because the better prepared you are the better your chance of passing the SSCE maths exams at your school.

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