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Is JAMB Harder/Tougher Than WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB?

After WAEC, NECO or NABTEB is JAMB. But which is tougher? You want to know if WAEC is harder to pass than JAMB or JAMB is tougher to pass.


This question is important if you've seen a few students who had done well in their SSCE but messed up in UTME. You should be skeptical about what it is to come in the UTME.


With some noticeable preparations for JAMB by admission seekers, across the nation, it's easy to come to the conclusion that JAMB will be tougher than WAEC or NECO.


But how true is this stand?


In this post, I will be answering this question and breaking my position down to the best possible points for your better understanding.

JAMB is Expected to be Tougher than WAEC, NECO or NABTEB

UTME is, though, a central exam just like the SSCE, the JAMB syllabus is more elaborate and advanced than the SSCE syllabus.


As a result, questions in UTME are expected and usually more difficult than WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB.


While your internal exams or SSCE may limit your test to certain topics, JAMB usually tests candidates' entire coverage of all topics.


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UTME is Entirely Objective Questions Which Can be a Disadvantage

While sitting for WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB, you're not only being tested with objective questions i.e questions with multiple choice answers (options A -D). These SSCEs will also test your theory knowledge.


With this, if you miss out on some questions in the objectives, you can cover up with your knowledge of theories and practicals.


Obviously, some students who won't do well in WAEC objective questions can surprise you when witting answers for the theory parts of the questions.


However, for the UTME, you're strictly tested with objective questions. Here, students whose strength is, in theory, may be let down in UTME because there is no writing of anything.


This doesn't mean that students who love objective questions will necessarily do well in UTME. It will only favor you if you truly know the answers.


Objective questions, irrespective of the exams, are straightforward. You get it if you know the answer, you miss it if you don't. There is no in-between!


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Time Can Limit Your Performance in UTME

In SSCE, you have more time, usually for the questions. It's common to see students submitting far before the time lapses.


And you can be favored by a supervisor who understands why you may need to submit a bit late.


As such, time may be on your side while writing WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB.


As for UTME, all you have is 2 hours for 180 questions and 4 subjects.


The system, being computer-based, won't allow you to spend, a minute, more than that no matter your excuse.


In fact, I've seen cases where students were forced to spend less than the official 2 hours due to certain technical itches at the CBT centers.


This is why time may be your enemy in UTME.


Unlike WAEC, you will see your time counting down right on your screen. This can get a bit challenging for the first-timers like you. 


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Computer-Based Test Environment May Limit Your Performace

All through your study times in primary and secondary schools, you're more exposed to paper-and-pencil exams than computer-based exams (if at all).


This is why it may be intimidating to be exposed to this CBT environment for the first time.


Even though it could get easier as you keep clicking the answers, to start, you will feel some butterflies inside you.


This is why most CBT centers, if not all, will firstly instruct candidates on how to use their computers before the exams will begin.


JAMB, itself has, from time, introduced mock for students who will want to get themselves familiarised with their CBT environment and in preparation for the main exam.


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Conclusion

It is safer to conclude that, even though UTME is a four-subject exam, it is usually more difficult to pass than SSCE e.g WAEC, NECO or NABTEB.


This position is based on personal experience and the shared experiences of others. 


The reasons for this are not far from the nature of the questions, the coverable of the questions and syllabus, the new exam environment, time factor to mention but a few.


However, with proper and intensive preparation, you're can do better than in WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB.


Wish you luck!


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