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JAMB to Introduce Computer Based Tests for 2013 UTME



Every year, hundreds of thousands of students sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to gain entrance into Nigerian universities. The large number of candidates coupled with other logistics problems often makes conducting the exams quite a headache for the examination officials and the candidates.

Sometimes, problems are experienced in the areas of insufficient materials which often lead to missing scripts or missing results.

However, to curb this, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde announced yesterday that three options would be introduced for the 2013 UTME.

Paper and Pencil Testing (PPT), Dibu Based Test (DBT), where questions would be presented on computers and answers would be on paper and Computer Based Testing (CBT) where both questions and answers would be done on computer.

When I first read the “Dibu Based Test”, I was confused until I realized he named it after himself. How interesting.

Mr Ojerinde stated that candidates were at liberty to choose one of the three options in the 2013 UTME.

According to him, candidates who chose the CBT option would get their scores a few minutes after writing the examination on their mobile phones.

“The internet age has come to stay with us hence as actors in the new age, you cannot afford to stay on the fence, you must be prepared to join the train or else you are left behind,” he told Daily Times.

This seems like quite a laudable initiative, but the question is this; is JAMB prepared to conduct Computer Based Tests for the hundreds of thousands of students who might opt for the new methods next year. In 2012, a total of 1, 503,931 candidates sat for the UTME and even though they were all Paper and Pencil Testing, there were still logistics problems.

I remember the last time University of Lagos tried to conduct Computer Based Tests for its Post-UTME candidates. With the few computers available compared to the hundreds of candidates, it was chaos. How then can JAMB conduct Computer Based Tests for hundreds of thousands of candidates across the country when some states obviously don’t have the resources to conduct the tests? Are they really prepared for this? I guess we’d just have to wait and see.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Ginika

    October 4, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Wahala…. really???

    It may work sha, let me not be soo skeptical.

  2. YummyMummy

    October 4, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Hopefully computer will not crash in the process of writing the exam as loads of people will be on the cohort at the same time.

    All the best,that ois the way forward really…but i think we are a developing nation.

  3. Onwunali Nonso

    October 4, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Its about time! I think this is a good initiative on the part of JAMB… But the question now is would it be possible to do this test without facing srs difficulties in terms of getting enof computers for d students nd oda logistics.? I don’t think they re prepared for this…

  4. ij

    October 4, 2012 at 11:16 am

    meanwhile so he named the exam after himself ?

    • buchi

      October 4, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Not the issue! the successful execution is what matters….

  5. Mykon Ekpouko

    October 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    The possibility is very thin. Has he taken to think about the hundreds of thousands of candidates that take the UTME exams each year? The areas where the examinaton centers are located? and the obvious that may occur in the process of sorting out results of candidates? This is a good dream, but i don’t think they are prepared for its manifestation.

  6. e-bukun

    October 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Dibu testing? really though?…Can we do things without self appraisal?

  7. e-bukun

    October 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Dibu testing? really though? How modest of you Prof. Dibu “I believe the children are out future, but make it so I’m always a part of it too”

  8. Motun

    October 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Well, if they make it as effective and efficient as it sounds, Jamb will be less strenuous for candidates so lets hope they bring their A-game…but naming the system after himself is quite unnecessary as the next officer in line will kick it out firsthand.

  9. ij

    October 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    why cant they just have 2 kinds? the paper based and computer based ,whats the freaking point of the self named Dibu Based Test (DBT) which requires that you get the questions online and then students provide the answers on paper, then you also have the computer based one where both are provided online. what is the point really????? Daft is an understatement

  10. Chattyzee

    October 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    hmmmmm ok…. Me I dunno ooo

  11. brandigest

    October 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I know that a lot of promising lads will be denied admission because the computer / system crashed or failed to function when they sit for the exams, thus couldn’t write or finish their exams.
    the 2nd golden rule in branding is BE DIFFERENT… Check it out here

  12. destiny

    October 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I think is a good ideal but, do they have a enough computer?

  13. chikmore

    October 4, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Must you name it with ur name dat is exactly wat lamido sanusi wanted 2 do with the introduction of 5,000 naira note…selfish people

  14. faith

    October 5, 2012 at 9:14 am

    AS for me o, JAMB should be scraped cos its one of D hindreace to international students..after secondary school studentS should go to any university of there choice to get tested n if dey pass get admitted…Jabm is just a huge waste of public funds…

  15. alexie

    October 5, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Gbam!!!! Let d skuls be d ones 2 do deir exam and if u r capable,den so be it. Jamb is wack mehn!

  16. Amakahi

    October 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    If candidates have 2 answer the question on line wat of the subject dat need praticals such as maths, chamistry, phyics nd so on pls we need clearification

  17. elizabeth

    October 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    i guess d skul shuld be the one to conduct their exam instead of writing jamb

  18. tunji

    October 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    it will never be possible by god grace,after you have done yours,you don’t do that process when you were writing yours ,and how many computer will be produce for the candidates,how many student no how to operate a computer

  19. tunji

    October 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    it is robish,total nonsense

  20. nelson

    October 20, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    another way to exploit the poor people, prof. think twice okay

  21. mania

    October 21, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Ogbon ati ko eran je ni won da.Out of the 3 options,PPT is the one i prefer most,the other two option is 4 to pack money into their pucket.It wont work in jesus name,amen.

  22. felicia francis boco

    October 24, 2012 at 8:48 am

    taaaaaaaaaaa i dnt need dis computer test coz if u make mistake wen ticking u cannot erase it lets continue wit d paper test and jamb shud also 4get abt dis apptitude test of a thing coz its not helping matters at alllllll………..

  23. Ezim Peter

    October 24, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Well it is a good dream… some dreams are quiet difficult to reach… I suggest an experiment jamb exam should be conducted on this new ideology before carrying it out in order to reduce the degree of frustration on the D day… this will help to educate and convince candidate on how reliable it is…..ppppppp

  24. ejiro

    October 30, 2012 at 12:00 am

    This is just bobo

  25. Etiosa

    October 31, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Its a welcome ideal, but after d exam will there b post ume? & for d dibu or wat soever pls hold it to urself.

  26. Monday Augustine

    November 2, 2012 at 8:03 am

    well i think its not 4 jamb to be changin method every year but to make sure those qualified for admission be giving admission.

  27. Babalola Yusuf Alani

    November 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Shit! Many students will surely fail of course.JAMB shld rather perfect PPT(Paper and Pencil Test). YABATECH did PPT,UNILAG and some schools used CBT(Computer Based Test),but students were shortchanged. JAMB ICT Facilities are not state of art. Dibu shld think twice,not to toy wt Nigerian students’ future.

  28. Ekisi Emmanuel Ekene

    November 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Well, personally, I think it is a welcomed development.

  29. micheal temitope

    November 3, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    well think is a good idea, but can they provide all computer needed for the student? but what about those that don’t know how to operate the computer. hope this new development no go implicate people sha.

  30. joy

    November 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    It is posible 4 nigeria 2 advance 2 d level bt dia is no sufficient equipment nd also dia wil nt b enough time 4 d student 2 recollect wnt dey hv read

  31. Ernest

    November 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I dnt think it will work at all.Let’s pray it works sha ‘cus is 4 all our benefit.

  32. Ijeoma

    November 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    But this is unfair o…. what abt pple dat dnt knw how to press computer wil dey be left out?nawa ooo

  33. GABSIN

    November 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm


  34. Abdulsalam

    November 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Please why CBT in such a country like nigeria where some student have not use computer in thier life, even me am not think have use it at all.

  35. austinepato

    November 6, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    taaaa….the process will not work,jamb won’t see me this time around..what become of those who lives in the rural area and cannot operate computer…na lie abeg e no go work

  36. Olalekan akinkunmi

    November 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    If you wont to introduce computer base test to the jambite candidate is good but all candidates should not know how to opperate computer

  37. Yusuf Zainab

    November 10, 2012 at 7:37 am


  38. Anthony joshua

    November 12, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Wel,i tink the cbt nd the ppt is a gud idea .considering the fact dat those wu don’t knw hw operate computers could go 4 the ppt.but 4 the dibu…gush dats rubbish,waste of resource.i tink it’s inconquential.wats the essence of combining the cbt nd the ppt…..wel 2 me dats just selfishness…just trying to immortallize his name

  39. Zayyad Musa Gotal

    November 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I don’t support dis bcos nt all candidate cn use a system, after dat every 1 is in contemption. Any might happen. Bt sha wish all the best.

  40. jamiu

    November 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

    it is going to be a failure. why, inec came wt ddc machine the other time, they had problem wit those systems. how many ict centre do we have in each state that will accomodate over 1m candidates. jamb shul try and create her ict centres in all state b4 this can take place otherwise, it is going to be failure.

  41. idiong comfort

    November 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    wel it may be good sha. it is not easy all computer wizard get ready

  42. horlahmi

    November 21, 2012 at 8:46 am

    iz is goind tu b fun,,,bt on a longrun it’s neva gonna wrk/dbt/dat an arrant nonsense,aniway i guess we should all expect d unexpected in dis jamb,,,it’s lyk an adventure were only d fitess survives,come tu think of it wat iz d pros n cons of doin d !dbt!cbt!ppt! Y dont we do it as it was…der only trin tu be sly/decievin us in a clever way..i no we all skale tru,,,i see y’all n i luv u comment,,dis show y’all ready n set fr d xamz

  43. Owoh Godswill

    November 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    JAMB well done in any way you people want it next year by God’s Grace “WE” will make it.

  44. mubarak and bash

    November 26, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    dis a risk for us , it wil nt work insha allah

  45. mubarak and bash

    November 26, 2012 at 9:51 pm


  46. Rose

    November 28, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Nobody is above mixtakez,even doze dat can operate d system wel can out of rush or behavin lyk i knw 2 mch click a submit option wen dey avent even gone hlf deir work.jst lyk wat hapend in uniport beta dey mk use of d pencil nd paper stuf.d best.

  47. Timi smic

    February 28, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    My own concern is just that will there be enough time for the newly developed way[cbt] of doing jamb?.na wao!.

  48. latyboy

    March 5, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    dat gud

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