UI VS UNILAG: Both of them claimed using the 50:50 method i.e 50% for O’level and 50% for UTME. Now, let’s see which looks more favourable.
For UI, it goes thus: O’LEVEL A1; 6 points, B2; 5 points, B3; 4 points, C4; 3 points, C5; 2 points and C6; 1 point.
Then, you’ll calculate the total points for your 5 jamb combinations in your used O’level result and divide it by 30, then multiply it by 50 i.e 5 subjects/30*50.
JAMB After that, you’ll divide your jamb score by 8.
RESULT Add the two results you got above i.e for O’level and Jamb together. The result is your weighted score. Looks nice, right?
Now to Unilag, it goes thus: O’LEVEL A1; 10 points, B2; 9 points, B3; 8 points, C4; 7 points, C5; 6 points and C6; 5 points.
All you have to do is to calculate the points for your 5 jamb subjects combination. No multiplication or division needed.
JAMB You’ll then divide your Jamb score by 8.
RESULT Add the two results above i.e for O’level and Jamb together. You then will have your screening result.
+++++++++++++++ Now, let’s assume i have 5 B2s as my O’level result and a Jamb score of 320.
Using UI’s method, i’ll have; 5*5=25/30=0.83333*50=41.6665 – O’level 320/8=40 – Jamb so, 41.6665+40=81.6665.
Using Unilag’s method, i’ll have; 5*9=45 – O’level 320/8=40 – Jamb so, 45+40=85.
Looking at the two methods, that of Unilag seems higher.
Now let’s look at the cutoff marks. Let’s assume i choose medicine.
CUTOFF MARKS For Unilag, the cutoff for medicine is 79.38%, the difference between my score and the cutoff mark is 85-79.38=5.62%.
For UI, the cutoff for medicine is 76.75%, the difference between my score and the cutoff mark is 81.6665-76.75=4.9165%.
Now the difference seems near. The difference between my 2 differences is 5.62-4.9165=0.7035 which is almost nothing.
Conclusively, as long as the method is the 50:50 method, it all comes down to the same thing. One may think one method is more strict but when you analyse it, you’ll see that the two methods are almost the same.