JAMB Adopts New 8-Key Method for 2017 Computer Based UTME Exams

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced a new system for the Computer Based (CBT) method of writing the 2017/2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

According to the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who spoke during the strategic planning retreat on monitoring and supervision of 2017 UTME held in Kaduna, from the general feedback on the adoption of the Computer Based Test mode, the board has noted the challenge of computer low level literacy of some candidates, especially with the phobia for the mouse.

This, he noted, 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 playground for all candidates taking the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, the Board has designed a system that will allow candidates use only eight (8) 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 and R = Reverse (do not intend to go further to submit again).

“Following the standardisation of the CBT centres in terms of carrying capacity of two hundred and fifty (250), candidates would be distributed evenly to all centres without any discrimination.

“The examination schedule, timetable and Sessions have all been designed, streamlined and syncronised for the examination to start and end on the same day, except otherwise dictated by the number of candidates in a few states with low subscription”, he added.

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