JAMB Eligibility Criteria 2020

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The Joint admissions and Matriculation Board was established by an Act of 1978, subsequently amended in 1989 and 1993. By the virtue of the Act, the Board is empowered to be responsible for the:

  1. General control over the conduct of matriculation examinations into all Universities, Monotechnic, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education;

  2. Appointment of examiners, moderators, invigilators, members of the subject panels and committees and other persons with respect to matriculation examinations;

  3. Placement of suitably qualified candidates in the tertiary institutions in collaboration with those institutions.

Eligibility for the Examination

Those eligible to sit the UTME are holders of the following qualifications or their equivalents:

  • The West African School Certificate (WASC)

  • The Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE)

  • The National Technical Certificate or the National Business Certificate (NTC/NBC)

  • Teachers’ Grade II Certificate

Structure of the Examination

The UTME is conducted once a year in the computer-based test mode. The test is a three-hour multiple-choice in four subjects, with a compulsory paper - the Use of English and three other subjects of a candidate’s choice. Prospective candidates are advised to seek the advice of their teachers, parents/guardians or career counselors in their choice of elective subjects for the UTME.