JAMB examination is one of the most technical examinations every student in Nigeria must pass, before gaining admission into any tertiary institution in Nigeria. More so, it is largely true that knowing how to pass Jamb is not an easy task.
Since the inception of the examination body in 1978, there have been a great reduction in the number of unqualified students gaining admission into Nigerian tertiary institutions. This clearly tells that the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is indeed, trying to improve the standard of education in Nigeria.
Well, in this article, i will be discussing the Joint Admission And Matriculation Board (JAMB), Materials needed to prepare and pass JAMB examination, and lastly i will show you how to pass JAMB examination with a very high score. If you have been failing JAMB examination all these years, all you have to do now, is to read this article carefully and use the guides it contains effectively.
Brief History of JAMB (Joint Admission And Matriculation Board)
Yeah of establishment: 1978
Type: Computer Based test (CBT)
Annual number of test takers: One million and above.
JAMB is the acronym for Joint Admission And Matriculation Board. It is an examination body basically responsible for conducting examination into tertiary institutions in Nigeria. JAMB examination was introduced by Mr. Michael Saidu Angulu (JAMB’s First Registrar) in other to create a system where undergraduates will be tested properly before offered admission into institutions in Nigeria.
Nevertheless, it is also important to know that the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) alone, cannot secure an admission for an undergraduate in Nigeria. An excellent result from the West African Examination Council (WAEC) is also required. The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is the name of the examination conducted by JAMB in Nigeria.
Materials Needed To Prepare For JAMB 2023 examination
To prepare for JAMB examination, the following materials are necessary:
A JAMB syllabus is very essential to prepare and pass JAMB examination. JAMB syllabuses are often released by JAMB through her website to candidates. The syllabus contains the topics where questions will be collected from in UTME examination.
Every year, JAMB often publish the correct subject combination for all the courses in Nigeria. So for candidates to pass JAMB examination, they are required to get the correct subject combination for the course they intend to study in Nigerian institution. A correct JAMB subject combination is probably the most essential thing you need to pass Jamb examination excellently.
Recommended English text from JAMB:
Another important material that is needed to pass JAMB examination is the recommended English text from JAMB. JAMB often publish this book for candidates to read assiduously and prepare for for JAMB. The English text is also very important because, most of the questions asked in JAMB English examination is from this textbook.
JAMB brochure is a document officially released by JAMB every year to guide candidates in their intended course of study. It help candidates to know the o’level (WAEC/NECO) requirement for the course they want to study in the university.
A reliable and authentic CBT application:
Another important material you need to prepare for JAMB examination, is an authentic CBT application (Whether Mobile app or computer app). This is very essential to pass JAMB examination. However, having gone through many JAMB CBT apps (In Google Play), i can tell you that not all of them is good for you. So, I strongly advise you go for an original JAMB CBT app.
It has been proven by many students, that JAMB often repeat its previously asked questions. This is largely true, and as such, it is very important to have a copy of all JAMB past questions when preparing for JAMB examination.
Now that you have known the materials you need to prepare for JAMB examination, it is important that i disclose to you how to pass JAMB examination excellently. Trust me, these guides will help you score up to 300 and above in JAMB exam.
Secrets To Pass JAMB With 300 and Above
Below are the guides you need to pass JAMB 2023 examination:
- Don’t be terrified.
- Be enthusiastic to pass the examination.
- Start reading very early.
- Focus more on JAMB past questions and answers.
- Study JAMB recommended English text properly.
- Keep away from any distraction.
- Learn from the experiences of other JAMB candidates.
- Set a grade you intend to score.
- Make understanding your prime goal.
- Practice how to manage your time.
- Take JAMB mock exam.
- Do not engage in examination malpractice.
There you have the list of my ultimate guides to prepare and pass JAMB examination. Well, that is not all. As we continue, i will clearly explain each of the WAEC tip above. Here we go!
1. Don’t be terrified:
The first and most important tip you need to pass JAMB examination is to defeat your fear of the examination. It is well known that anytime JAMB examination draws close, candidates are always terrified. This is indirectly one of the core reasons why many students fail JAMB examination. I largely agree with this point because it is always impossible for a person to do anything positive when he/she is terrified. Thus, I think this should be the first thing every JAMB candidate must do to pass JAMB examination.
If you want to pass JAMB examination, you must be very courageous. Forget about all those people trying to put fear in you. If you believe you can do it, then you will pass JAMB excellently without much stress.
2. Be enthusiastic to pass the examination:
To pass JAMB examination, you must be enthusiastic, determined, and zealous. This point is also very important to smash JAMB examination with 300+. First, I must let you know that JAMB examination is not an exam to come and gamble answers (As many people say). Don’t allow popular sayings to brainwash you.
Sometimes you may feel like you should just forget preparing for JAMB since your friends have told you that “JAMB is an examination to gamble and pass”. But trust me, you are doing great harm to yourself. If you are enthusiastic about preparing for JAMB, you will definitely pass. And then, you will attest to the fact that JAMB is not gambling. They ask questions from the recommended textbooks they give to you. So, if you want to pass JAMB examination excellently, I advise you to start being more enthusiastic and optimistic to pass the examination.
3. Start reading very early as possible:
One thing many JAMB candidates always get wrong is the time they start preparing for the JAMB examination. To some candidates, the right time to start preparing and reading for JAMB examination is when JAMB registration starts. But this is a big lie.
Yes! I agree with the fact that there is no particular time for a student to start preparing and reading for JAMB because, “The right time” in this sense, is relative to the person. But even at that, to start preparing for JAMB when registration has commenced is not a good idea. You can read my article on the best time to start preparing for JAMB examination here. This article clearly explains the right time for every student to start preparing for JAMB.
4. Focus more on JAMB past questions and answers:
If you noticed, among all the materials needed to prepare for JAMB examination i mentioned, JAMB past questions and answers were emphasized greatly on. This is because past questions and answers are the most tentative tool to pass JAMB. I mean, if you read only your JAMB past questions and answers carefully and ardently, you can score up to 300 in JAMB.
Well, that may sound ridiculous but it is the truth. JAMB no longer ask new questions. The pick questions from the one they have already asked before. So in other to pass JAMB examination with a good score, it is wise to prepare and focus more on JAMB past questions and answers. Nevertheless, this does not mean you should not mean to study your textbooks and other materials. Yes, you have to study them all. But it is wise to focus more on JAMB past questions and answers.
5. Study JAMB recommended English text properly:
JAMB recommended English text is another important material you will need to pass JAMB examination excellently. The truth is that many students don’t really study JAMB recommended text because of the time factor. But there is no way you will do well in JAMB Use of English examination without studying JAMB recommended text.
This year (that is 2023/2024 session) JAMB has decided to use “sweet sixteen”, which is apparently not voluminous. So do not think of reading the summary. Get the recommended text yourself and read it completely. It will help you a lot. I mean, you will gain more knowledge when you study the text than when you read its summary. Trust me; this will also go a long way to help you prepare and pass JAMB 2023/2024 examination.
6. Keep away from any distraction:
When I was preparing for JAMB examination as of 2017, I had so many distractions from my friends who came visiting me every day. Sometimes after visiting, I find it difficult to still study my books. When I discovered that my friends were not impacting anything positive to make me pass JAMB examination, I had to keep away from them all. Though, I was not happy doing it. But I had to, so I could pass my JAMB examination.
To you, it may not be your friends. It may be something like your job, parents or something else. You have to either reduce or totally keep away from that thing that is a distraction to you. To be frank with you, JAMB examination is not a child’s play. It can only be passed by candidates who are success-minded. So, it is wise to keep away from distractions and stay focus to pass Jamb examination without engaging in examination malpractice.
7. Learn from the experiences of other JAMB candidates:
While it is advisable to keep away from distractions, it is very ideal to network with other JAMB candidates so that you can learn from their experiences.
Apart from the fact that you have to read assiduously, you also have to know the ups and downs of JAMB examination. And it is only when you network with other JAMB candidates, you will be able to know that. This point is also very important because not everything can be put into writing. There is something I may not teach you here, but when you engage in discussions with other JAMB candidates (Both past candidates and current candidates), you will learn them. Remember the proverbial saying that states “Experience is the best teacher“. If you want to pass JAMB examination excellently, I advise you to start networking with other JAMB candidates today.
8. Set a grade you intend to score:
Many candidates believe that this tip no longer works. But trust me, it is very important to pass JAMB examination. In fact, don’t even take it trivial if you want to score high in JAMB UTME examination.
Setting a particular grade you intend to score in JAMB examination helps you into way:
- First, it makes you work hard so that you will reach the score you want.
- It helps to ensure that you don’t score very low in JAMB examination.
Yes! It is for these reasons that you need to set a particular grade you intend to score in JAMB examination. In addition to the points already stated above, setting a particular grade for yourself helps you to overcome and reduce fear for JAMB examination easily. No doubt, this is one working tips to pass JAMB examination with a high score.
9. Make understanding your prime goal:
I will always keep asserting the fact that the JAMB examination is not very easy except for you to prepare properly for the examination. JAMB is a very technical examination. It takes only a person who read and understood very well to pass the examination. So, if you want to pass JAMB examination, you must make understanding your sole purpose of reading.
Don’t just read because you want to pass, or because you want to cram it. Study to understand effectively. This will make sure that, no matter how a question is tweeted, you will be able to understand the question and give it a correct answer. If you try to cram everything in your books, you will not be able to answer both simple questions you know.
10. Practice how to manage your time:
Time management is also very important to pass JAMB examination. It is pertinent to note that JAMB is CBT (That is, a Computer Based Test). The time for the examination is technology fixed to stop at a particular time (About 2hours). Thus, if you don’t practice how to manage your time properly before taking the examination, you may not finish all your questions before the stoppage time.
Lately, many candidates often complain of time after JAMB exam. I won’t like you to have that same problem after reading this article. So, I strongly recommend that you start learning how to manage your time when taking JAMB examination today. Just get a stopwatch and some past questions. Make sure you finish all the questions of a particular year in 2hours. This way, you will do exceedingly well in JAMB examination.
11. Take JAMB mock exam:
JAMB mock examination is an examination annually fixed by JAMB to get candidates ready for the main JAMB examination. Though, not everyone is allowed to take this exam because JAMB is responsible for appointing candidates that will take the examination.
JAMB often claim that the examination is just for preparation purpose. But sometimes it is not. Most of the questions asked in JAMB mock examinations are often repeated in the real JAMB examination. So, if you are given the opportunity to take JAMB mock examination, do not neglect it. Take the examination because it may be your helper in the main examination.
12. Do not engage in examination malpractice:
Gone are those days when you can get JAMB Expo before the examination. It is no longer that way. Like I stated before, JAMB is become more technical by the day. So, if you have been thinking of how you will get Expo or engage in examination malpractice, forget about it. There is no way.
If you want to pass JAMB, you must jettison your notion to engage in examination malpractice and start preparing properly for the examination. Trust me, there is no room for malpractice in JAMB examination now. In fact, almost all the candidates who engaged in examination malpractice (2018/2020), were punished severely by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB). I am sure you don’t want to be punished by JAMB. All you have to do, it to start preparing the right way.
Other Important Tips You Need To Pass JAMB Examination
Come early to your examination centre:
Aside from all the points, I mentioned above, coming early to your examination center is also very ideal to pass the JAMB examination. By doing that, you will be able to have enough rest before the examination and be able to overcome your fear and tension during JAMB examination. Trust me, this point can go a long way to help you pass JAMB examination if you follow it.
Have enough rest before your examination:
Yes! I may have said that you need to read very hard to pass JAMB examination. That doesn’t mean you should destroy your brain. Remember that if your brain is stressed up, it may not function very well during the exam. Thus, it is very wise to have enough sleep before you take JAMB examination. Nevertheless, you can wake up and revise your books before going into the examination hall. This will also go a long way to help you pass JAMB examination.
Be very smart:
Yes! you also have to be very smart to pass JAMB examination. Make sure you don’t hesitate to report any problem you encounter during JAMB to the ICT Unit of the center you are. Be careful not to engage in examination malpractice or seat near a person engaging in malpractice because JAMB frowns at that too. Smartness is also important to pass JAMB examination.
Passing JAMB examination is apparently not an easy task. But I am very optimistic that this content will go a long way to help you surpass every question you are asked in the examination.
Those were the tips I used to score up to 250 in JAMB UTME (2018). Do make good use of them to prepare and pass JAMB 2023 examination excellently. Thank you.