JAMB Conducts Computer Based Test in Abuja

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation board (JAMB) has conducted an advocacy Computer-Based Test for 140 secondary school students drawn from 14 schools in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The test is part of the board’s efforts to phase out paper examinations by next year.

Director of Test Administration of the board Yusuf Lawan said the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination will be conducted using the Computer-Based method from next year. He said the feedback received from the advocacy test will be used to improve the system before next year. JAMB is trying to ensure that the test doesn’t discriminate against people in rural areas as all their concerns and problem encountered in such places last year wwill be taken care of, he said.

Allaying fears of students in the Computer-Based test, Mr Lawan said all they needed to know was to take the test are the A, B, C, D and Enter on the computer key board. He added that the test is very efficient with timely results adding that candidates that take the test will get their result within two hours after.

He said the paper test will be conducted on the 12th of April while the Computer-Based Test will hold for two weeks starting from the 17th of May. A Deputy Director in FCT Education Board, Madu Andrews, urged students to take the advocacy test as he didn’t have such an opportunity when he and his mates pioneered JAMB test in 1978.

“I think the system is nice,” said Christabel Onyewenwa of Government Girls Secondary School Wuse Zone 3.

“I prefer the CBT (Computer-Based Test) to the paper test. I think it is fast,” said Ibrahim Saddam of Federal Government Boys College, Apo.

Cynthia Nduba of Ragina Paces College said: “I think the Computer-Based Test is great. I like it.”

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