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Can I Apply for JAMB with Awaiting Results?

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When preparing to take the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination, it is common to find out about the possibility of applying with awaiting results (AR), particularly if one is expecting results from examinations such as the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Some students may have incomplete results from their previous sittings and are therefore attempting to sit for another Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) such as WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, or GCE.

The question then arises: can these students use awaiting results for JAMB? To address this query, this post will be divided into two sections:

  1. Using awaiting results by candidates applying for JAMB UTME
  2. Using awaiting results by candidates applying for JAMB DE

Distinguishing Between JAMB UTME and JAMB DE

For clarification purposes, JAMB is the board responsible for organizing examinations for students seeking admission into universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, colleges of nursing, colleges of health, etc.

UTME refers to the examination format used by JAMB for candidates who solely rely on SSCE results to gain admission into the 100 level of their respective courses.

DE, on the other hand, is the examination format used by JAMB to admit students who seek admission with both SSCE results and other advanced qualifications to the 200 level of their respective courses.

In the context of this post, the following questions need to be addressed:

  1. Can I use the awaiting results for UTME? - a question posed by those seeking admission into the 100 level.
  2. Can I use awaiting results for DE? - a question posed by those seeking admission into the 200 level.

You Can Use Awaiting Results For UTME

If you are seeking admission into the 100 level of any of the following:

  1. University
  2. Polytechnic
  3. College of Education
  4. College of Health
  5. College of Nursing
  6. Innovative Enterprises Institutions (IEI)

You can obtain your JAMB form with awaiting results. In this case, you will fill out the JAMB form without presenting any result at the JAMB CBT center. They will register you for UTME and indicate that you are using awaiting results.

Consequently, you will sit for an SSCE (O'level) examination, obtain the results, and return (not necessarily to the same CBT center) to upload the results to the JAMB portal.

Even candidates with existing results but with one or two deficiencies may not upload them immediately. They can hold onto them until they sit for another SSCE and obtain the results before deciding whether to upload both sets of results if the latter are also incomplete, or only upload the most recent complete set.

It is permissible to upload the results you currently possess and add the ones you are expecting later. However, from a professional standpoint, it is advisable to wait until you get the new results before uploading anything at all.

JAMB Reassures Students Can Register UTME With Awaiting Results

JAMB Headquarters (@JAMBHQ) recently reaffirmed that candidates can indeed register for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) with awaiting results. This clarification was in response to a query posed by Saheed Abdullateef Olarewaju (@SaheedAO) on Twitter. 

Therefore, students who are awaiting the release of their examination results, such as those from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO), can confidently proceed with their UTME registration. This assurance from JAMB provides clarity and reassurance to prospective candidates navigating the registration process.

You Can't Use Awaiting Results For Direct Entry (DE)

For Direct Entry applications and admissions, it is no longer allowed to use awaiting results. Before the year 2023, JAMB allowed DE applicants to use awaiting results, similar to the process for UTME, and they could later upload the results once released by the school.

Beginning in 2023, DE applicants must present their advanced qualification statement of results (if obtained within the last two years) or certificate at the time of registration. In other words, the certificate for your BSc, HND, ND, NCE, IJMB, JUPEB, RN, or any other advanced qualification will be required. If the certificate is not yet available, a statement of results will be accepted provided the qualification was obtained within the last two years.

In summary, Direct Entry candidates are not permitted to use awaiting results when applying at a JAMB office. The attendant will not process your form unless you have the following documents ready:

  1. JAMB admission letter from your last admission
  2. Your qualification result/certificate
  3. National Identification Number (NIN)
  4. Phone line/SIM used for profile code
  5. Email used for last admission
  6. O'level certificate/result


Candidates can apply for JAMB UTME with awaiting results for admission into the 100 level, while Direct Entry (DE) applicants must possess their advanced qualification certificates or statements of results, effective from 2023. UTME candidates must later upload their complete results, while DE candidates cannot use awaiting results. 

Adhering to these guidelines ensures a smooth application process and enhances the efficiency of admissions into universities, polytechnics, and other tertiary institutions under the purview of JAMB.

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