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2019 Post UTME: Will it be Exams or Admission Screening?


Every year, admission seekers are thrown into confusion regards the forms post UTME of universities, polytechnics or colleges of education will take.Will post UTME be screening or exams?

It could have been easier for candidates to know which is which if schools can repeat what they have done in the previous years.

By this I mean, if a school is known for post UTME test, students can conclude the new year admission exercise will adopt post UTME as well. And if a school was used to only admission screening, students can conclude to expect physical checking of credentials.

But stories never remain the same in Nigeria. Things change with the twinkle of an eye.

Now that JAMB has gone to court to discontinue schools from conducting post UTME and with activists coming up to challenge post UTME exercises, things may not be as we’re used to.

A new development was that JAMB has given in. Any school can conduct post UTME if they deem it fit. 

This is why I look into two possible forms that post UTME exercise or admission screening may take in the current admission year. These two possible methods are covered here but before then, read the update below first.

Schools to Conduct Two Batches Post UTME and Admission Screening  

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed dates for the 2018 Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) tests.

At the stakeholders meeting, Oloyede said, “The leaders of the institutions agreed that the First Choice Admission Exercise would be conducted from July 2, 2018 to October 16, 2018; while the Second Choice Admission Exercise would be conducted from October 17, 2018, to December 17, 2018.”

DAILY POST reported that not less than 414,696 candidates out of the 1,603,181, who sat for the 2018 UTME, scored above 200.

According to Oloyode, 558,673 candidates scored above 190; 739,490 above 180 and 956,937 above 170 marks.

He said the scores released by JAMB were not the cut-off marks, adding that they were the minimum marks required.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has warned that it would sanction any tertiary institution which charges more than N2,000 for Post-UTME.

Candidates who had earlier chosen a school from the registration period and those who had effected their changes of institution before the post UTME form is announced will partake in the first batch admission screening/Post UTME while those who lately change their institutions will be in the second batch.

Possible Forms Post UTME May Take in 2019

1. Admission Screening only

Your school may consider admission screening instead of Post UTME (test or exams). 

Schools well known for admission screening ONLY include Federal University of Oye Ekiti, Osun State University, Kwara State University, Federal Polytechnic Offa etc.

What is "Screening Only"  and What Form Does it take?

Screening only involves online or physical checking of UTME performance and SSCE grades of admission seekers. Based on these two criteria, schools then offer you admission.

Admission screening can take any of the forms below:
  1. Scanning and Uploading of students’ credentials including UTME result, SSCE, Local Government Identification, Birth certificate or and others to the school admission portal during the exercise e.g, University of Osun State, Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Kwara State University etc
  2. Online registration, then presentation and submission of credentials to the admission screening committee of the school during the exercise e.g Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State..
  3. Selecting students based on prescription by JAMB. Here, the school just waits for JAMB to give them the list of candidates the body approved for their admission. Such schools don't conduct further scrutinizes (exams or credentials checking until school documentation time) - they just give admission to aspirants based on JAMB list.

2. Post UTME together with Admission Screening

Some schools may end up conducting post UTME test. You will register online for the exercise and still partake in their computer based exams.

Schools well known for this include Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Benin, University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, Federal Polytechnic Ede, Federal Polytechnic Ede etc.

What Admission Seekers Should Expect in Post UTME

You have heard or read that court has instructed schools not to conduct post UTME test. But this may not mean that they won’t continue with the screening.

And don't fall for it - schools (used to exams) may still continue with their test in the meantime.

Some schools may actually agree not to write tests, but they will still want you to buy and register for their form online. Then, you will be forced to partake in admission screening exercise instead (which can take form of uploading and submission of results and credentials to the school portal or admission committee)

However, some institutions can be so stubborn that they may not yield to court’s order. This judgment was passed in 2016 which forced some of these stubborn institutions to end up with admission screening instead of test. But in 2017 and 2018, they still returned to their old ways (post UTME computer based test).

Wait patiently for whatever method your proposed school chooses. Don’t speculate unnecessarily. If your school is well known for post UTME test, prepare for that and if yours is well known for admission screening only, prepare for both.

Don’t forget, exercise like this is a system. System can change anytime.

Case Studies

In 2018, Ekiti State University conducted post UTME computer based test for the first batch applicants for post UTME. Then, for the subsequent admission lists, they didn't conduct any test. Candidates were just offered admission based on O'level and JAMB results.

Adeyemi College of Education also didn't write post UTME in 2018 (which they were used to). Admission was based on SSCE and UTME results.

Best of luck!

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