Can 5Wasara Change the way students study for exams?

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The Grade 5 Scholarship exam is more or less the first challenge that school children will face. If you didn’t already know, one of the main reasons for the scholarship exam was to help students in rural areas gain admission to more recognized schools.  Unfortunately, it has become a gross competition where students pit against each other to score that last mark. Aiming to deliver a more laid back and relaxed approach is the goal of 5Wasara.

What exactly is 5Wasara?

At its core, 5Wasara is an educational app that gives users a list of question papers to help Grade 5 students. The goal here is for them to gain better results for their scholarship exam in Sri Lanka. The app is developed by 16-year-old Bihan Mahadewa and the questions papers have been constructed by a panel of teachers from schools such as Lumbini College, Prince of Wales Moratuwa, and Sri Parakumba College Rajagiriya. Each of their personal qualifications is also listed down on the 5Wasara website as well. 

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The panel responsible for creating the questions in the 5Wasara app

The first thing I noticed about the 5Wasara app was that the entire thing was in Sinhala. The main interface of the app has 4 collections of question papers. Each collection is comprised of another 10 Question papers. In turn, each question paper consists of 40 MCQ (multiple choice questions). That’s a total of 400 questions per collection.

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That’s almost 400 questions to answer. Better get cracking then

With regards to the question papers, the moment you open one of the 10 questions papers in a collection, a countdown timer appears at the top of the app. Answering the questions is also rather simple. Since its an MCQ, you just have to press the correct answer. If the answer is correct, it will be highlighted in green. If the answer is incorrect, it is highlighted in red. 

When answering questions, you can pick an answer and then go ahead with the next question regardless if the answer is right or wrong. On the other hand, if you pick the wrong answer, you can try till you get it right and then move onto the next question. This obviously affects the overall duration of the question paper but also ensures you know what the correct answer is. At the end of the last question, the total number of correct answers is shown along with the overall percentage you scored. 

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The 5Wasara app highlights correct and incorrect answers but only marks the ones you got right the first time

In addition to the question papers, the 5Wasara app also has a section to post advertisements along with a student portal. The portal contains additional educational resources for the grade 5 scholarship exam. These include questions related to road rules, plants and animals and also famous figures in history. Lastly, you can also set up your own profile for 5Wasara.

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In addition to just question papers, the 5Wasara app has a number of other sections as well

Is 5Wasara really a viable solution?

Well, that depends on the person using the app. If they are someone who is looking to score the maximum they can in order to gain admission to a better school, then yes, the 5Wasara app will help them. On the other hand, with the Government of Sri Lanka officially stating that the Grade 5 Scholarship exam is no longer compulsory, students might not actually sit for the exam. This, in turn, means that apps like 5Wasara and indeed the host of tuition classes that take place become obsolete. 

However, if you or someone you know is planning to sit for the Grade 5 Scholarship exam and you’re looking to brush up and score the maximum results you can, give 5Wasara a try. If you have any suggestions for the app, you can also leave a comment on the app’s page on the Google Play Store. You can also reach out via Facebook.

Have you used 5Wasara? What are your thoughts about it? Leave a comment below

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