The Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) has announced that the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME forms will start selling from March 20.
JAMB’s Head of Public Relations, Dr. Fabian Benjamin who revealed this on Monday in Bwari, said that the date was fixed following an agreement that was reached on the harmonization of the examination timetable at a meeting with other exam bodies on Jan. 24.
“We are ready to commence the sales of the 2017/2018 admission forms for UTME and Direct Entry forms.
“We will begin the sale of the admission forms on March 20, while UTME is scheduled to hold in May.
“Sales of form ends on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 while the registration portal closes on Saturday, April 22, 2017. For direct entry candidates, the application will be on sale from Sunday, April 23, 2017.
“Candidates are expected to pay N5,500 for the registration package which includes registration fees, reading text, syllabus and brochure.”
He also said the examinations will commence on May 6 and run through 20th of the same month.
“UTME 2017 exam starts May 6 to May 20, 2017 (excluding May 12, 2017, because of Candidates sitting for WAEC’s Further Maths exam).”
JAMB had earlier announced it would organize an optional mock examination for interested candidates and urged candidates to be wary of fraudsters who were circulating fake application forms.
Based on information published on its Twitter handle @JAMBHQ, the date of the Mock examination will soon be announced.
According to the board, the purpose of the mock examination is to allow candidates “FEEL’’ what the main examination will be like.
The board, however, said the mock examination would be “completely optional’’ as it would not be a pre-requirement for writing the actual UTME.
It added that candidates can choose to either take the mock examination or not.
The board also disclosed that Interswitch Payment on the e-Facility portal has been temporarily disabled and that the list of its accredited centers will soon be announced.
The commission also recently Introduced biometric data capture into its registration procedure and scraps option for awaiting results.
According to JAMB, this was part of its restructuring in preparation for the 2017 UTME higher institution examination. This means candidates must sit and obtain the results of either West African Examination Council school examination, WAEC, or National Examination Council, NECO, before applying or sitting for admission exams into any tertiary institution.
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The board said this will keep candidates from taking the slots they do not qualify for. JAMB also introduced a fourth choice of school but said candidates can apply to only one government owned university.