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JAMB exam to hold May 6, sale of forms begins March 20, 2017

JAMB exam to hold May 6, sale of forms begins March 20, 2017

JAMB exam to hold May 6, sale of forms begins March 20, 2017

• Blind candidates exempted from CBT
The Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Prof. Ishaq Oloyede yesterday disclosed that the 2017-2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) admission into the country’s tertiary institutions would hold between May 6 and 28.

Oloyede, who disclosed that blind candidates would be exempted from the Computer-Based Tests (CBT) due to inadequate training, added that experts would assess them and score them as appropriate.

Oloyede told reporters at a stakeholders meeting in Lagos that 600 CBT centres have been accredited across the country for the examination.

The registrar clarified that the one-month registration period was to eliminate all the ills associated with the prolonged exercise.
Oloyede further added that the board had concluded plans to hold a mock examination for interested candidates to test their level of preparedness for the examination.

He said: “It was necessary to change the system of assessing the blind candidates because the system was unfair to them, as they were not trained and do not have the capacity to buy the needed machines.

“It is unfair to give them the machine for a day or two and expect them to write the exams with it. We consulted with their leaders and agreed to change the modality. It is going to cost JAMB more, but it is more equitable.”

According to JAMB, the sale of forms would begin on March 20. Oloyede in a statement said the forms and registration would last till Wednesday April 19 2017 and close on Saturday April 22.

He said the reason was to allow candidates to write Further Mathematics examination conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

Candidates are expected to pay N5, 500 for the registration package, which includes registration fees, reading text, syllabus and brochure.

Computer Based Test (CBT)


Computer-based testing is a simple and better way to offer the Jamb test. It allows testing centers to offer a more consistent test delivery, faster scoring and reporting, and enhanced test security.

Advantages of a Computer Based Test (CBT)
1.Improvement of the Board’s service delivery.
2.Reduction of incidences of breaches of examination security.
3.Making Nigeria operate global best practices.
4.Instant feedback to students.
5.Greater flexibility with respect to locations and timing.
6.Improves security of the testing enterprise.
7.Immediate test scoring (Poggio, Glasnapp, yang and Poggio, 2005).
8.New and more complex item formats can be administered (ICILS).
9.Improved reliability.
10.Item banks and randomization of items and response orders to reduce cheating.
11.Greater storage efficiency.
12.Enhanced question styles which incorporate interactivity and multimedia.
13.Enhanced presentation of items.
14.Unrestricted by the physical limitations of test booklets, computer administered test.
15.It is reliable, Robust, flexible.
16.Time analysis of responses to the question level to better discriminate between candidates.
17.Improved impartiality.
18. Allows subsequent changes to an answer without the uncertainty of knowing whether a poorly erased answer might invalidate the new selection.

19.Immediate score reporting
20.Ability to track and display the time remaining on the examination.
21.Lower long-term costs.
22.Improved Security.
23.Computer Based Testing (CBT) has emerged as one of the recent innovative approaches to assessments by Examination Bodies.
24.Reduces administration costs.
25.Adaptive (targeted) testing can be used to get more precise measures in shorter testing time (ETLS).
26.Access to interactive item formats.
27.Skills needed to act efficiently in technology rich environments can only be assessed through CBT.
28.No cost for printing and data entry.
29.It reduces Paper.
30.It reduces printing transportation.
31.Automated analysis of results of entire candidates.
32.Opportunity to review any questions on the examination. You can change answers, mark or skip questions. Should your time expire while taking the examination, all answers, regardless of how they are marked, will be calculated into your score.




Determined to make the Computer Based Test all inclusive to different category of candidates with disability, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) embarked on nationwide training for visually impaired on the use of Apex Braille-note computer.

The Apex Braille-note computer is an electronic devise invented by the Board to enable visually impaired to take the Computer Based Test without stress like a normal Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidate.

The machine is affixed to a desktop computer and questions are deployed to it electronically with hearing aid. No fewer than 200 visually impaired participants in the training held at designated venues across the nation; namely South West Resource Centre in Abeokuta, Lagos , Kano, Enugu and Port Harcourt.

In a message shortly before the commencement of the training at the South Western Resource Centre, the Registrar told the participants that the Board exam was all-inclusive and as such would not exclude any candidate due to one disability or the other. The Registrar who spoke through the Director of Psychometrics, Mr. Omokunmi Popoola and was replicated across the other centres, pointed out that the training was designed to acquaint the visually impaired on the new technology, familiarize themselves on the usage before the examination.

Omokunmi stressed that the Board would not relent in her efforts to conduct credible and all-inclusive examination that would stand the test of time. In a remark at the South Western Resource centre, the visibly elated participants expressed joy and happiness for the thoughtfulness and equal level playing field given to them by JAMB. Mr Popoola Suraj from the Ogun State Ministry of Information and consultant and an instructor to the centre commended the Board for the “laudable initiative”. He said “the process JAMB has initiated was easy and friendly to use, I say kudos and I urge them to intensity continuous orientation through constant training.