Preparing for your final ZIMSEC Exams using a technology

It is that time of the year when pupils and some adults get to sit for the public exams from various boards: HEXCO, ZIMSEC and Cambridge. For those who are still unprepared it is not too late to swot for these exams.Most students with internet access,smartphones and tablets hardly ever use this technology for their benefit. A good number of them use of the Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp Apps and scarcely use anything else.

The first thing that you should do is to make sure that you have a copy of the syllabus for each of the subjects that you are writing. If  do not already have these you can freely download PDF versions of both the O level and A level syllabi from the ZIMSEC website. The list includes electronic copies for most common subjects but on the off chance that your subject is not available then you might need to make the trip to your nearest ZIMSEC office and purchase a physical copy.

One of the most disappointing parts about the ZIMSEC website is that it does not have downloadable copies of past exam papers or specimen papers. Bearing in mind your syllabus requirements for each one of your subjects you should be aware that ZIMSEC shares most of its content with Cambridge and most questions appear in both exams. For subjects like Business Studies there is virtually no difference at all in terms of content. You can use Cambridge past exam papers and their corresponding marking schemes to practice. Some of them can be freely downloaded on the Cambridge website here ( this site was updated yesterday). There are a host of other sites such as the IGSCE center here and the Online exam center website. Google will cheerfully provide you with more sites.


It is amazing how many students keep repeating the same errors each year. Some errors even originate from uninformed teachers, I know a local teacher who still teaches the horizontal method of preparing accounts and has year after year unwittingly sent students to their failure. Each year examiners report on these errors and any other mistakes and tips that students might need to know about. The ZIMSEC website has a few copies of these reports. If you are interested in excelling in your exams it might be important to download and read these for all the subjects that you are writing. Here are the links for both A level and O level reports.

I had the honour of attending the best academic school in this country, St Faith’s High School, and technology has always been part of their success. Back when I was still a student their most important piece of technology was their photocopying machine which enabled students to sit for mock exams. We sat for every paper from 1973 to that year’s June exam. ZIMSEC sells hard copies all past exam papers at $2 apiece. You can use a photocopying machine to create multiple copies of the paper and practice. It is illegal to sell these papers without prior permission from ZIMSEC who are the copyright owners although it is generally acceptable to use this means for personal non profit use under the law.

You can also install Cambridge Apps to help with your English. English is the language of instruction for almost all the subjects except Shona. It is even permissible to answer Shona Paper 2 in English. Most students although fluent in the spoken lingo are often afflicted by a meagre vocabulary and the inability to distinguish informal and formal language. These are paid apps which would provide help in such areas as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation ( by the way Pronunciation differs but it should not differ.) The Apps are available for most devices including Android, iPhone, iPad, (and for some selected Apps) Blackberry and Windows.

Remember if you are to pass the exams you need to practice and technology can help you get there. Mazel Tov in your exams!!!

I must surely have failed to mention a lot of notable tools. Please feel free to add these in the comments section.


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156 thoughts on “Preparing for your final ZIMSEC Exams using a technology

  1. For Cambridge students, use or as they both provide all exams both for May and November intake as well as syllabus and examiners report. All material is freely available and easy to download in PDF versions

  2. ZIMSEC is very good but you have to add more past exam papers, syllabus and marking schemes as compared to GCSE, XTREME PAPERS, CAMBRIDGE, HEXCO, EDEXCEL, WJEC and many more you know pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING AND THE LITTLE YOU HAVE SHARED UNTO US…………………

    1. you are very very extra serious keep it up??????????????????????????????????????????……………………………………

  3. hey we need zimsec past exam papers pliiiz coz i cant access them even the marking schemes m doing mob acc and geo

    1. You only need the syllabi for both. 4 Business Studies you can use Cambridge past exam papers. Just be sure to take note of the differences. Unfortunatley Zimsec does not have past exam papers on its site. They sell them at thier HQ in Mt Pleasant for $2 each.

  4. zimsec shuld help us but we cannot download past exam papers for free yet l pay tuition

  5. nyc but ZIMSEC can u please finish uploading notes and past exam papers cz wi nid them before October 2015.desperate student

  6. Zimsec should provide past exam papers with answers please because that will help us a lot in our studies academically. I hope you hope consider my request, thank you.

  7. Zimsec should allow us to download questions as l already paid mu tution. Zimsec must do like other boards do. Please help us on downloading nd if opera mini is not where we should download this please show us by writing the website which we shld get the more information.

  8. Many thanks for the original article and the other sites referred to. For a rural school with challenges in the English language the Cambridge apps are a great booster

  9. anxx for e advice bt l need past exam pprs bfo the end of this year ,im doin maths,bio and cchemistry so i thnk a lot of revision wl do me good

  10. help me pass :
    inter science
    religious studies

  11. Wow i never new dat u’ve got a wonderful source of academic stuff. Help me pass ma A Level sciences. A big thanx 2 u & team:D::);):*

  12. how can l download A level past exam papers. plz help us November is now around the corner

  13. thank for informing people can you probably explain where you are saying English can be used to answer Shona paper 2

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  15. Its helpful to use technology, am assisting my child in preparing zimsec exams and I hope she pass with flying colours. Thanks for all the information.

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