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JAMB Sets New Guidelines Ahead of 2023 UTME

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board have set a revised guide ahead of the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has mandated that all Computer-Based Test (CBT) centers use laptop computers with at least 2 gigabytes (2GB) of RAM to administer the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The board has also prohibited CBT centers from collaborating with cyber cafes or tutorial centers, stating that “any violation of the directive, whether in part or whole, would result in the revocation of the erring CBT centre’s license.”

JAMB also stated that beginning in 2023, it will consider separating UTME registration from Direct Entry (DE).

These are excerpts from the board’s new guidelines, published in its weekly bulletin on Monday.

According to the statement, the new developments were announced after a five-day retreat held in Abuja between September 19th and September 23rd.

According to JAMB, “no new Computer-Based Test (CBT) centre will be accredited unless the new requirements are met.” To that end, new CBT centers must use laptop computers as clients; no thin clients or Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) will be accepted.

To confirm the readiness of the CBT centers, JAMB said it would introduce three mandatory Autobot tests – pre-accreditation, during Mock-UTME, and the dummy examination (held a day before the UTME).

Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar of JAMB, also stated that all accredited CBT center registration officers’ biometrics would be collected before the exam.

JAMB also stated that candidates must print their registration slips with at least two fingers. “On the day of the examination, any of the two fingers taken would be used for biometric verification before entering the examination hall,” it said.

Bad Fingerprints

Candidates with bad fingerprints would be scheduled for the examination as “Exemption Candidates” at the registration point. Their registration slips would be color-coded to distinguish them from other candidates.

According to JAMB, such candidates will take their exams in Abuja on the last day of the national examination calendar. Their results will not be released until they have been thoroughly scrutinized.


We urge you, however, to keep tabs on us for more updates on JAMB.

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