JAMB debunks minimum cut-off mark myth for admissions


The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board have clarified that there is no one particular national minimum UTME score for all Universities, Polytechnics or Colleges of Education in Nigeria.

The exam body’s clarification is against the backdrop of misconceptions around supposed “uniform minimum national UTME score” for admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

According to a statement signed by the boards Head of Information, JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin and made available to newsmen, the UTME score is not the sole determinant of placement of candidates into tertiary institutions.

‘‘For long, many candidates and some members of the general public have come under the erroneous impression that there is a minimum national UTME score, which they also refer to as “cut -off point”.

‘‘The undue attention to the so-called national minimum UTME score (UTME cut-off point) is a major source of failure for many ill-informed candidates who assumed that they have finally attained the benchmark having achieved the so-called minimum national score or “cut off point’ for admission’’.

The statement said the ‘‘Board has repeatedly advised that ‘‘There is no uniform cut -off for all Universities, Polytechnics or Colleges of Education in Nigeria; each Institution determines and submits to JAMB its minimum UTME score; after having analyzed the UTME performances of its applicants against its available quota’’.

‘‘UTME score is just one of the two or three scores that are generally added together to obtain the eventual aggregate score and ranking of the candidates.  Other parameters are Post-UTME /Post -A/L qualifications screening/test score; O/L grade score; and in some cases, physical test (such as applicable in the Nigerian Defence Academy/Police Academy)’’ The exam body explained.



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