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01-03-2016 09:21:00 +0000
Candidates of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation
Examinations, UTME who are experts in guessing answers
to questions during examinations, should better study hard
to have a mastery of their subjects, as the Joint Admissions
and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has acquired a software
that reduces the tendency for students to guess accurately
Speaking exclusively with Vanguard on phone, JAMB’s
Public Relations Officer, Dr Fabian Benjamin said JAMB has
invested heavily in training and acquisition of some
softwares that are specifically designed for examinations.
Benjamin's words; ‘’Technically, what we were using before
to test students was what we called Classical Test Theory ,
but now we have adopted what we call Item Response
Theory. The difference is that the Item Response Theory
reduces the percentage of guessing.The tendency for
students to guess and guess right is minimal with this
With the introduction of CBT and the software in place,
Fabian maintained that it will be difficult for candidates to
engage in examination malpractice.
Besides, for proper efficiency in service delivery by staff of
JAMB, Fabian disclosed that over one hundred staff were
sent abroad for local and international training on computer
based test. ‘’This year, we have sent over 100 staff for
training abroad for international and local training to make
them grounded in the art of computer based test,’’ he said.
Computer based test
Dr. Fabian, who disclosed that over 500 centres across the
country have been fully equipped with state-of -the -art
facilities, pointed out that it is an improvement on the 400
centres of 2015 UTME.
According to him, each of the 400 centres used in 2015
UTME had a carrying capacity of 150 candidates, while
those for this year have a carrying capacity of 300
The protest: Dr. Benjamin, however lamented the situation
where some students, who were supposed to have
registered and adequately prepared for the examination
slated for Monday, were busy protesting for an extension of
‘’Where were they when the portal for registration opened
seven months ago? Why are they calling for an extension of
registration date when registration has been closed?"
He urged stakeholders not to allow students put pressure
on JAMB to extend the time of registration, adding that if
JAMB bends to their demands, it will never have a standard
in this country.
Meanwhile, over 1.5million UTME candidates, according to
Fabian have registered for the examination slated to
commence on Monday.
Unlike last year when many candidates complained of
difficulties in registration, transfer of candidates from one
state to another, this year, candidates have little or no
Some of the candidates interviewed by
Vanguard could not point out any area of difficulty that
emanated from JAMB. One of the candidates who claimed
JAMB transferred her to Warri instead of Lagos for
examination, when properly interrogated, confessed that she
picked Warri during registration when it was apparent that
Lagos centres were full.
Our findings from candidates further revealed that many of
them who were posted to other states other than states of
their choice, either caused it by mistakenly clicking on the
state during registration or when they discovered that their
state of choice was full due to late registration, they had no
option than to chose any available state.
The examination which will run for 10 days, will leave
candidates to jostle for the 800,000 admission slots in
Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.
CBT: While encouraging students to come to the reality of
computer-based testing as the most effective way of
conducting examination in the 21st century, JAMB registrar,
Professor Dibu Ojerinde said: “The idea of the CBT is that
after 30 minutes of the examination and the candidate
leaves the exam hall, a graphical result of the test will be
sent to the candidate’s mobile phone number, while the
specific scores will be released within the period of four
Comparing the statistics of early years of UTME candidates’
registration, we discovered a steady decline since 2013
when the CBT was introduced.
In 2013, about 1.7 million people registered for UTME, in
2014, the number fell to 1.6 million, while about 1.4 million
registered in 2015 examination. However, this year the
numbers of candidates who registered has increased to
over 1.5 million.
Stories for the gods
01-03-2016 09:24:00 +0000
01-03-2016 09:25:00 +0000
Graphical result is what people have been getting. Thank God because most of my friends are just having 180-199
GOD punish una
01-03-2016 09:26:00 +0000
Am writing my last jamb anti guess ko anti ryt ne
01-03-2016 09:28:00 +0000
NJOKU OKWUCHI SANDRA
Hmmm na wa
01-03-2016 09:29:00 +0000
God help us we put our trust in u Success nd favour shall be with us
01-03-2016 09:33:00 +0000
Who are they trying 2 scare.
God we are in ur hands