176,408 students take the JAMB mock examinations

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On Thursday, 176,408 candidates nationwide took the 2023 Mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Mock-UTME) administered by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Apart for a few hiccups during biometric verification and real examination, the exercise was orderly in several of the Computer Based Test (CBT) venues that NIGERIAN TRIBUNE watched in Abuja.

Some applicants faced problems with biometric recognition, while others were logged out and needed the assistance of the CBT Centre’s technical personnel to log back in.

Johnson Ede, a candidate at Global Distance Learning Institute in Abuja, thanked the Board for the orderly conduct of the examination, stating he had no issues with his biometric verification or the computer system used for the examination.

He stated that this was his first UTME try and that with the experience of the mock examination, he would have nothing to fear for the real examination.

The 2023 Mock-UTME) was originally scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 16, 2023, but was shifted to Thursday, March 30, 2023, due to a change in the date for the Gubernatorial and State Houses of Assembly Elections, which were previously scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 11, 2023, but were moved to March 18, 2023.

The Spokesperson of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin explained that Mock-UTME is an optional examination introduced by the Board to provide opportunity for candidates to have hands-on experience with the system as well as afford the Board an opportunity to ascertain its readiness and that of its partners for the main UTME, which is scheduled to hold between 29th April, to 12th May, 2023.

Benjamin also announced that this year’s UTME would witness some groundbreaking innovations aimed at addressing observed infractions and centre failures.

He noted for instance that in the new regime, if there is a delay of up to one hour before the commencement of a particular session, that session stands cancelled and would be rescheduled along with the candidates.

He disclosed that a total of 176,408 candidates registered to sit for the 2023 Mock Mock-UTME.

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