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Is It Compulsory To Write The Post-UTME (See Answer!)

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When the admission period starts, a few questions will pop up in the minds of admission seekers. One such is if it's compulsory to write the post-UTME. Post-UTME is the exam usually set for admission seekers before they can be offered admission, even after they've passed UTME or met an institution's JAMB cut-off mark.

In this post, which is simply meant to answer "Is it compulsory to write the post-UTME," I will be explaining what you should understand regarding this after-JAMB exam - in the end, be able to know if it's compulsory or not.

Understanding Post-UTME

Post-UTME has been loosely used among schools, even for an education consultant, confusion is not avoidable. So, to help you get the clarity, let's break that down.

"Post" means after. "UTME" is the Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examination. So, if we say post-UTME, it translates to "after-UTME" or "after JAMB Exam".

In that sense, it's not stated whether it's an exam after or it's just some other activities after. That's where most people are confused. Unconsciously, they mistake post-UME to strictly mean exams after JAMB. Whereas, that's not true.

Post-UME can be an exam after JAMB and it can mean mere registration after JAMB (which will not include an exam).

To help out of such confusion, some schools that won't do an exam after JAMB will call that post-UTME screening so that you'll understand it's a screening exercise, not an exam. Some will still not bother to make a distinction, just saying post-UTME even though there's no exam. Whereas, any school that will do an exam will strictly use post-UTME.

Not All Schools Are Writing Post-UTME

With that aside, not all universities will conduct the after-JAMB exam. In such schools, it's neither compulsory nor required to write post-UTME. Universities such as the Federal University Oye Ekiti, Osun State University, Lagos State University, and others, will not write post-UTME. Polytechnics such as the Federal Polytechnic Ede, Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State Polytechnic Ilorin, Osun State Polytechnic Iree, The Polytechnic Ibadan, and others won't write post-UTME. Colleges of Education such as Adeyemi College of Education, Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo, Federal College of Education Osiele, etc., will not write post-UTME.

In the cases of institutions above and a few others, it's not even required to write it - so not compulsory. Students are only required to register for their online forms usually called screening forms. Then, afterward, wait for admission. However, some will still require students to be on campuses for physical screening at later dates before they can be offered admission, e.g., Osun State Polytechnic Iree, Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke, Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo, etc.

Where a School Conducts an Exam, Post-UTME is Compulsory

As you must have noted above, there will still be a few schools that will conduct post-UTME. Although JAMB has recently announced that all schools should stop selling other forms apart from JAMB with post-UTME forms included, it may take a few years before some institutions will comply.

Universities such as the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, University of Benin, University of Lagos, Federal University of Health Sciences, Ila-Orangun, Ahmadu Bello University, University of Ilesa, and University of Ilorin still conduct exams after JAMB (be it online or on-campus CBT)). In such cases, post-UTME is still required - so, compulsory.

Writing Post-UTME Depends on the Method Being Used By the School

As you can see, so far, it's not compulsory (required) to write post-UTME if your school doesn't do that. If you're for a school that does that, you won't have any other choice than to write it - therefore compulsory.

However, if you're concerned about post-UTME (who isn't?), you still have the option to change from an institution that conducts after-JAMB exams to those with open hands using only the JAMB scores and O'level results to admit students.

JAMB change of institutions will remain open to you as long as the school you propose to change to is still selling its admission or screening form. It won't matter if you choose them before or change to them later, there is no room for discrimination.

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