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This page is about the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) administered by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to all candidates seeking admission into a Nigerian public and private monotechnics, polytechnics, and universities. Most of these candidates must have already concluded their Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), administered either by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the Nigerian National Examinations Council (NECO).

The Exam is held once a year, the dates are not fixed but will be published by the Examination Board as the day approaches. To get admitted, candidates should meet the cut off point required by the Department of the Tertiary Institution they are applying before they can gain admission. 

On this page you will find information relating to how you can:
  • Register for the Examination
  • Prepare for the Examination
  • Sit for the Examination
  • Check your Examination Results
Our main purpose is to try and bring the necessary information a person seeking to take the Examination will need in order to make the process of Registering - Sitting - Checking Examination Results as easy as possible.

Background Topic


JAMB & Exams Administered by JAMB
JAMB stands for Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board

Prior to 2010 the Board conducts two categories of examinations:
  1. Monotechnic, Polytechnic and Colleges of Education Examination (MPCE).
  2. University Matriculation Examination (UME)

Starting from 2010, JAMB started conducting only one examination. The UME and MPCE have been replaced by the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), which is a matriculation examination for admission into Tertiary institutions. Unlike UME and MPCE results that are valid for just one year, the UTME result will be valid for two years.

For more information Click here (Scroll down on the page to the What is JAMB UTME? section).

Which Exam to take and why?
In Nigeria JAMB administers only but one examination; the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). This Examination is administered to all candidates seeking admission into a Tertiary institution in Nigeria.

To get admitted, candidates should meet the cut off point required by the Department of the Tertiary Institution they are applying before they can gain admission.

Note: The Exam is held once a year, the dates are not fixed but will be published by the Examination Board as the day approaches.

Preparing for JAMB UTME
Registration Information
Candidates are expected to register themselves for the examination. Note: Registration can only be done at Approved Registration Centers/Authorized cafe(s). This centers are sorted by state. Click here to search
Follow the steps below to register online:
  1. Purchase the UTME registration card from any JAMB authorizes dealers as will be made public by JAMB.
  2. Start you e-Registration by visiting the UTME e-Registration Portal 
  3. Before registering, make sure you read all the information contained on the page.
  4. On the Sign box on the Right side of the e-Registration portal. You will be required to Enter our card PIN, Serial Number on the card, supply your last year Registration Number (i.e if you took the exam).
  5. Click on the Sign In button and follow all on screen instruction that you may see.

Note: You will need to scan your finger in order to complete your online registration, this will be provided at the the registration centers.

Preparing for the Exam
JAMB does not prepare candidates for its examination by establishing secondary schools or tutorial centers, and no such institution are affiliated to the Council.

However JAMB provides a syllabus brochure, which is either made available online or given to you when you purchase the card. Candidates are expected to cover all the subject areas in the syllabus.

There are some tutorial centers that also prepare candidates for the Exam.
Exam Time Table Information
The JAMB UTME Exam is held once a year, the dates are not fixed but will be published by the Examination Board as the day approaches.
JAMB UTME Subject Selection
Candidates will be tested in four Subjects. The Use of English is compulsory and any other three subjects relevant to the proposed  course of study as  set out in the relevant Chapters of the JAMB UTME Brochure.
General Information on Registration
1. The Board will not process any form completed without adhering to the instructions and regulations set out.
2. A candidate must have completed or about to complete a  full  course  of   training  in  a  Secondary  School, Technical College, Teacher Training College or  an approved institution of equivalent status.
Exam Center
On successfully completion and submission of your registration form, the system will generate your examination center number. You should then print the exam center information. This document will be required before you are allowed into the hall.

Note: The actual center will not be published until the week of the exam, your are required to lookup your center
JAMB online brochure UTME 2011 Click here to Download the UTME online Brochure, of courses, universities and requirements
JAMB e-Facilities 
Click here to view the various e-facilities Provided to you by JAMB.
Institutions that accept the JAMB UTME
All Tertiary Institution accepts the JAMB UTME as the standardized examination for gaining admission. 

However, candidates are advised that they will be also required to satisfy, the University's general entrance requirements (POST UTME) and the requirements of the particular faculty which they wish to enter and that these requirements vary considerably.
The Conduct of Candidates in the Examination Hall Candidates shall not carry any other paper or books except his/her E-registration slip, Four-Figure Tables, Mathematical instruments. The E-registration slip must be surrendered to the invigilator before the end of the examination

Mobile phone must NOT be brought into the examination hall/room
Structure of the JAMB UTME The UTME is a three and half hour multiple-choice test in four subjects, with a compulsory paper, the Use of English, constituting part I.

Part II of the examination consists of test in three subjects of a candidate's choice. Prospective candidates are advised to seek the advice of their teachers, parents/guardian or career counselor in their choice of elective subjects for the UTME
General Preparation for the JAMB UTME Exam Learn the Rules and Instruction of the Examination
1. The candidates should come along to the examination center with the following items:
i. Original and photocopy of the scratch card
ii. Acknowledgment paper and blank teller for identification
iii. Four figure table where applicable
iv. HB pencil and eraser
v. Razor Blade to sharpen your pencil
Post JAMB UTME Exams  
JAMB UTME 2011 Result Checking Information Checking your Result Online: After you must have purchased the JAMB UTME result checking scratch card, visit the UTME result checker site and follow the on screen instructions.
Previous Exam Statistics
Total Number of candidates who sat for 2011 UTME: 1,493,604
Candidates who scored 300 marks and above: 2,892
Candidates who scored below 200 marks: 842,851
Candidates who scored between 200 - 249: 495,426
Candidates who scored between 250 - 269: 67,732
Candidates who scored between 270 - 299: 31,444
Candidates whose results are still under investigation: 7,504
Candidates involved in exam malpractices (canceled): 15,160 i.e. about 1.014%
Candidates with invalid and incomplete results: 28,069

For more information on previous JAMB UTME 2011 Statistics Click here
What is JAMB Direct Entry?
JAMB Direct Entry is an opportunity provided by JAMB for candidates with advanced level qualifications to gain admission into the University. JAMB DE candidates register for direct entry to a University of their choice. Based on their performance at both advanced and ordinary level they may be offered admission. JAMB does not conduct any direct entry examination, you simply gain admission based on your A Level and O Level performance. However, the University you apply to may conduct a JAMB Direct Entry screening test.

For more information:Click here (Scroll down to the What is JAMB Direct Entry? section)