General JAMB Reduces Time and Number of Questions for UTME

JAMB Reduces Time and Number of Questions for UTME


JAMB Reduce Time and Number of Questions for UTME
Yesterday, Wednesday Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said candidates sitting for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination would now spend two hours instead of three hours.

JAMB also added 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.

Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, Registrar/Chief Executive of JAMB, announced the changes in Kaduna during the commencement of a strategic planning retreat.

“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.”

Oloyede added that 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, Oloyede said.

“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.”


  1. Nawooo,,so jamb no won giv us admission dx year??? Mak dem tell us nah,nt putting all dx changes,me i don tire fr dy mata,

  2. Wait oooo…wat will nw be the cut off mark for the courses if jamb is giving 180 questions altogether…..

  3. The quary don de to much ooo.. Which one we going to follow.. Who knws what wil happen on exam day, they mayt put another quary. GOD wil help APC govmt. BCurs they is confusion in the land.

  4. Hmmmmm… Good move from Jamb but I got this feeling that the questions will be twice harder than they were when it was 100 against 50 with 3hours time interval

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  6. Nawa o! So becos govt said make dem increase am to 3 years and mak dem reduce money for registration. Dey wan find all possible means to fail students God pass dem. If dey like make dem give 1 hour.


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