2017 UTME: JAMB Reduces Exam Hours to 2 & Questions to 180
This article is created to inform JAMBITES that The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB made a slit change to the numbers of exam questions and time spent answering questions. The apex examination body has reduced number of questions and time required to sit for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
This is to inform all 2017 JAMB candidates that will take part in the upcoming Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination that the time spent writing JAMB examination has been changed. Candidates will now spend two hours instead of three hours writing JAMB exam. This development was passed accrossed to the general public especially JAMBITES by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Wednesday.
In the same vein, JAMB has also reduced Use of English questions from 100 questions to 60 questions, while the other three subjects would carry 40 questions each, 2017 JAMB question has now be reduced to a total of 180 questions. Most people would frown over this while others would welcome it because the change is even. What i understand here is that the reduction of time spent writing the exam was compensated with the reduction of English questions from 100 questions to 60 questions , what do you think about this?
The examination body (JAMB) said that the reduction in hours was in line with international best standards and practices where no candidate sits for an examination such as UTME for more than two hours.
This news was made public by the Registrar/Chief Executive of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, in Kaduna, in a opening ceremony of a strategic planning retreat on the monitoring, supervision and evaluation of 2017 UTME with the theme: “Inclusiveness and sensitization of key external actors.”
He said we are going to reduce the duration of the examination for this year’s UTME as it is inline with international standards and best practices. He said keeping the children of this age sitting down for 3 hours is like punishment to them because most of them finish on time and they will start playing in the examination hall and disturbing others. For their age the maximum time you can keep them is two hours because most of them are very energetic and restless.
The board also revealed that not less than 240,000 candidates have so far registered for the examination which has been scheduled for May 20. This figure was arrived at barely one week after the commencement of the sale of forms . Meanwhile, the sale of 2017 JAMB form is expected to close on April 22. If you are interested in buying and you are yet to get yours please do so as soon as possible before the closing date .
Prof. Is-haq Oloyede also revealed that JAMB has also made some changes in the use of computer for the test.
He said they gathered from the general feedback of the Computer Based Test ,that many candidates face challenges because they don’t know how to use the computer. This can be traced down to computer illiteracy that is on the high in our society today. Many candidates are failing JAMB because of phobia for the mouse, they can’t move mouse effortlessly because they have no knowledge of computer at all which is a bad one . Due to this problem, some people urge for reversal to the Paper and Pencil Test mode. But that can not come back again . To help things , JAMB has designed a system that will allow candidates to use only eight keys without the use of the mouse.
With this recent design, all you need to do as a candidate is press the letters A,B,C,D for responses(answer) to questions as simple as that.