No fewer than 175, 000 candidates, on Saturday,
participated in mock examination organized by Joint
Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), ahead of the
2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)
scheduled to start on May 6th.
In 2016, JAMB introduced UTME mock examinations. The
aim was to use the opportunity to get candidates
acquainted with the Computer Based Test (CBT),
neutralize their fears and anxiety, and prepare them better
for the examination proper.
The mock examinations was also an opportunity for JAMB
to test-run its facilities and other innovations that might
have been introduced to improve efficiency, effectiveness
and credibility of the examination system.
JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede who monitored the
exercise in some locations confirmed that mock
examination held across different CBT centres in the
country, and was successful.
He said: “I did sample inspections in Lagos and Ogun
State, and the turnout was impressive. We are satisfied
with the level of performance. In the process, a CBT
Centre, Brain Point CBT Centre in Oko-Oba, Lagos State,
that could not sustain their generator was automatically
delisted. I gave instructions that the candidates in the
Centre should be refunded their full money.
We had assured CBT Centres of our support, and that was
why we allowed the Centres to collect up to N1,000
instead on the earlier N700, so they can continue to give
their best to the candidates. Some of the institutions
especially tertiary institutions need to keep up and
maintain their facilities because some of them are
“But we are happy with the general performance of the
examination and we urge all students to make sure that
they learn from the lesson of the mock examination which
is to test their ability. In the two states I visited, the
Centres worked very well. We only urged stakeholders to
learn from the mock examination.
“175, 000 candidates sat for the examination. We limited
the number because we do not want to do more than one
session across the country.”
Meanwhile, a candidate, Sowande Moyinoluwa Hosanna,
who sat for the mock examinations at the Rosa-Mystica
Academy, Kubwa, Abuja, said the mock examination was
hitch free for her.
She said: “The JAMB official engaged us first in
biometrics, cross-checked our fingerprints with the one
they have, and at exactly 8am we were filed into the hall.
The computer timed us for two hours which was the
period we engaged in writing the examination.
“I didn’t experience any technical challenges. I must
confess that the mock examination boost my confidence
to sit for the main examination.”

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