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Do I Have To Do JAMB UTME With Pre-degree? See Answer

While answering some common questions predegree applicants may have, I answered this question as quickly as I could. If you the linked post above, you'll find the answer there as directly as possible.

But the question of whether a predegree student will need to write JAMB UTME again before being offered admission keeps cropping up.

I want to repeat the answer here because nothing has changed since my last answer. Then, I will add more explanation to back my answer so you’re not still confused after reading this.

Do you need to Write JAMB UTME with predegree?

The answer is YES.

You must.

Several universities running predegree will still require their candidates to write JAMB because that’s the custom.

Why Will a University Ask Predegree Students to Write UTME Again

Using common sense, I don’t see any need for universities to demand UTME from their Predegree students. After all, they're their products and they've paid to be favoured in the admission. However, there is more to UTME than this.

Let me explain.

Every student needs a JAMB registration number. This is the very reason you must write JAMB.

JAMB Is Now In Charge of Admission

Yes, not your university.

JAMB must have records of all admitted candidates. They must have evidence of your admission. Hence, you can’t cross this border without JAMB

JAMB Registration Number is Needed for NYSC

When you’re done in university or polytechnic, you’re to be mobilized for NYSC.

The JAMB Registration Number will be needed for the NYSC mobilization exercise. Without it, no NYSC!

Do you now see why you can’t avoid writing UTME even with a predegree?

Some Universities Don’t Compulsory Passing UTME

If you go for a predegree before being chasing 100 level admission into your desired course, some universities will still favour you with lower marks in UTME.

For example, Ladoke Akintola University recently accepted 150 from her predegree candidates instead of 160 from others.

Adekunle Ajasin, University of Ilorin and a few others are known for given special considerations to their predgree students if they perform below the cut-off declared for admission by non-predegree candidates.


Predegree is nothing more than a means to leave home for a higher institution these days. You can’t still avoid post UTME no matter your school. You will still need to take part in UTME and post UTME.

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