Using Last Year's Email For This Year's JAMB: Any Problem? -

Using Last Year's Email For This Year's JAMB: Any Problem?

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Yinka recently contacted me to share a concern. He used one email for last year's JAMB and wanted to change it this year. Unfortunately, even after attempting to change it, his JAMB registration slip still displayed the previous email.

Are you facing a similar situation? Are you trying to use a new email for this year's JAMB but find yourself stuck with the old one? If yes, what's the solution to this? If you can't change it or decide to leave it unchanged, does it have any implications or potential problems?

In this post, I will answer your question and address related issues.

You're Stuck With the Old Email Because of the JAMB System

The issue at hand is not the fault of the CBT center that registered you if you think they should have helped you change the email as you wished. It's the JAMB system that permanently links a formerly used email with your JAMB profile for the future.

In other words, even if the CBT center or any JAMB official attempts to change the email, it won't change because the system has been designed in such a way that once an email is used by a student in a year, it's permanent, even if there's a need to take JAMB again in the future.

Email Is One of the Data You Can't Change

Having set the CBT center's attendant off your blaming fingers, let's get it straight. JAMB has on different occasions repeated that candidates won't be able to change a few things once their form is submitted. Among those unchangeable things are:

  1. NIN
  2. Phone number
  3. Email
  4. Profile code

It won't matter whether you're taking JAMB for the first time or you've once taken it. Once an email is used in the past or right this year, you're stuck with that email.

Using The Same Email For Last Year's JAMB and This Shouldn't Be A Problem

I'm yet to understand why you're trying to change your email. Yet, I can assure you that using the email used last year for this year's registration shouldn't be a concern or pose any threat. However, I can assume a few reasons why some students have contacted me to know if their last emails can be changed.

  1. Maybe you've lost the password to the email: In this case, all you need to do is use the 'forget password' link on your email provider's page to set a new password.
  2. Maybe You've Lost Recovery Options to Reset Password: Some students have tried to reset their password but have lost the email or phone line/SIM to receive the recovery code. In this case, you may not be able to reset it indeed. Yet, there are other ways out.
  3. If you can't log in to the JAMB portal with the email: If you don't have the password to log in to your JAMB portal along with the email in discourse. You can just get another password using the SMS method. With this method, you can just ignore the need to access the email since you've lost the login details to the email. Then, with the password received through SMS, you can continue to use the email and the password to log in to your JAMB portal.

You Can Use a New Email For Other Activities Other Than JAMB

While you're trying to log in to your JAMB portal, following the troubleshooting tips above, you can now get the password and do so eventually. However, as you've lost access to the old email, you can restrict that to JAMB-related activities - to log in to the JAMB portal.

Apart from JAMB-related activities, you'll need a functioning and accessible email for activities such as post-UTME/screening registration when your proposed school's form is out. For this registration and related ones, you should be using another email. Nothing is wrong with using a different email for JAMB and another for post-UTME/screening registration.

So, if you've got another email, keep it until you're ready to register for anything else. If not, create a functioning one, know your password, keep that, and use them during the post-UTME activities.


Using the same email for this year's JAMB registration as you did last year should not present a significant issue. The JAMB system permanently associates your email with your profile, making it one of the unchangeable details post-submission. 

While this may pose challenges for candidates wishing to update their email, alternative solutions exist for recovering or resetting email passwords. 

For non-JAMB related activities, such as post-UTME registrations, it's perfectly fine to use a different email address. Ultimately, understanding and navigating these constraints can help candidates manage their applications more effectively, ensuring they remain on track with their admission processes.

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