See the new Nature of JAMB CBT Exam 2023 | JAMB Reduces Questions, Hours For Exam. As from 2017, candidates sitting for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) would have to spend two hours instead of three hours, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), said on Wednesday.
The Apex examination body further said that it has reduced Use of English questions from 100 questions to 60 questions, while the other three subjects would be 40 questions each, making a total of 180 questions.
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This disclosure was made by the Registrar/Chief Executive of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, in Kaduna, during the opening ceremony of a strategic planning retreat on the monitoring, supervision and evaluation of 2023 UTME with the theme: “Inclusiveness and sensitisation of key external actors.”
He said, “We are going to reduce the duration of the examination for this year’s UTME. You cannot keep children of this age for three hours. For their age, the maximum time you can keep them is two hours. So, we are considering the reduction in the time they spend because once it is more than two hours you can’t expect that they will retain their presence of mind.”
The Board also said that a total of 240,000 candidates have so far registered for the examination which has been scheduled for May 20, barely one week after the commencement of the sale of forms which is expected to end on April 22.
He said JAMB has also made some changes in the use of computer for the test.
“From the general feedback on the adoption of the Computer Based Test mode, we have noted the challenge of computer low level literacy of some candidates, especially with the phobia for the mouse. This has been responsible partly for the call by some people for reversal to the Paper and Pencil Test mode. In order to ensure equity and level playing field for all candidates taking the UTME, JAMB has designed a system that will allow candidates to use only eight keys without the use of the mouse.
“All the candidates need to do is to press the letters A,B,C,D for responses(answer) to questions and keys: P = Previous question, N = Next question, S = Submit responses when candidate has finished examination R = Reverse (do not intend to go further to submit again).”
“In order to amplify the past efforts and also expand the frontiers of equity and inclusiveness, we have met with the executive committee of the Association of Blind Persons in Nigeria at the board’s headquarters in Abuja in February 2017 and we also met with prospective blind candidates from a school for the blind in Lagos about two weeks ago at the University of Lagos.
“The outcome of these meetings revealed that while the challenged group fully appreciates the board’s recent efforts at improving and upgrading the facilities for the administration of the board’s examination for the blind candidates.”
Oloyede added that out of 13 commercial banks and the Nigeria Postal Service that have signified interest in the sales of the admission forms, only nine have paid for the number of application documents they required in the first instance.
JAMB To Deploy New Exam Questions For Each Batch Of Candidates
The Joint Admission and Matriculation board (JAMB) has disclosed that it has put a new innovation in place that will enable it deploy enough questions for the JAMB exam for all the candidates writing on a particular day.
This was disclosed by JAMB’s Head of Information, JAMB, Dr Fabian.
He explained that in previous years the board can only deploy questions once in a day. So even if there are three batches of candidates (morning, afternoon and evening) writing the examination on the same day, they have to answer the same questions. But this is no longer the case.
According to him, if we have three sessions or batches, we will deploy three times; this is a new innovation to ensure that even the person at the centre does not compromise the sanctity of the examination.
He equally mentioned that so far, about 1.3 million candidates have registered for the examination billed to hold between May 13 and 20.