3 Facts That Make JAMB Different From Other Examinations; When JAMB was introduced in 1978, the main purpose of the 44-year-old examination was to serve as a channel where students who are seeking admission into higher institutions of learning can have a fair opportunity to secure admission into their desired institution to study whichever course they deemed fit as far as they meet the requirements for their selections.

As the years went by the number of Students who considered tertiary education increased, and then JAMB took up another role. Not only do they provide guidelines for admissions they now give students courses that weren’t in their selection. Over the past years, Student Village has come across many complaints about students who tirelessly sat for JAMB, passed and weren’t offered provisional admission into the courses they selected instead the CAPS system, gave them a transfer offer with the option of accepting or rejecting. Many students accept because they are tired of resiting for the JAMB Examination.

In this article, we delve into what makes JAMB different from other examinations you are used to, which might be very helpful to students sitting for the JAMB examination for the first time.

1. High-Security Screening

JAMB has been popularly known to improve its security system every year, the examination body in recent years prides itself on the fact that recent security measures put in place have brought a drastic reduction in examination malpractices in many forms.

A step other examination bodies have begun following suit. For example, students who are sitting for JAMB have to undergo a secure biometric registration process that can only be done by an accredited JAMB CBT centre, also all examination centres must put certain security protocols in place before they can be accredited by JAMB as an exam venue, one of such protocols would be the placement of CCTV’s in the examination halls.

JAMB goes a step further by making sure their results go through a final screening procedure before they are released.

2. Duration Of The Result

How many years does JAMB result last?

JAMB result is valid for only 1 year

Some years ago, JAMB released a publication that the result would be useable for 2 years but I doubt any student risked that so its an unwritten rule, and a valid one that JAMB result is only valuable for 1 academic year, anything past that moment, its best you sit for another JAMB examination. Unlike other examinations like WAEC and NECO, they last for a lifetime.

3. Computer-Based Test

JAMB used to be a paper-on-pencil type of examination, until 2013-2014 when it introduced CBT and eventually it eliminated paper-on pencil and adopted CBT completely. Now, this opens a new window for students preparing for JAMB because they have to be able to confidently operate a computer to be able to sit for a JAMB CBT session. Such students should be able to type in their registration numbers, and know the difference between right-clicking and left-click on a mouse.

Conclusion

3 Facts That Make JAMB Different From Other Examinations; JAMB as an examination isn’t alien to students in the Nigerian educational system, but it does come across differently if you look at it a little closely, such as the admission criteria that JAMB subjects students to before they can be offered provisional admission or the risks students face when they sit for the examination. All in all, JAMB is simply one of the various methods students can get into tertiary institutions, especially universities and students need to prepare really hard in order to pass this examination.

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