UTME 2017: 8 Latest Updates Candidates Must Know Today!








1. Registration has not started







It is vital that we begin with this, because many
have put up posts that the registration has
begun. However, in his latest discussion with the
press, the JAMB registrar stated clearly that
registration has not commenced , but will
commence soon. UTME 2017.
Therefore, ignore any other news to the contrary
as we will be breaking the news, when
registration commences.







2. 1.7 million candidates are expected







In 2016, the number of candidates that registered
for the exam was: 1,561,443, this year about
200,000 more people are expected.
The registrar of JAMB, Prof Ishaq Oloyede himself
gave the figure while speaking with students and
other bodies . This means that you need to
ensure you begin registration as early as possible
to get a good centre and avoid been caught in
last minute rush








3. Mock UTME to be conducted







This is also good news for those who are taking
the exam for the first time as it will help them
have a feel of what it is like, before the pressure
of the real thing.
Plans are in place for a mock UTME and this
might explain the delay in beginning the sales of
the examination forms. So if you are preparing,
start your preparations now, so you can do well in
both the mock and the real deal.








4. CBT Centres







As the number of expected candidates has
increased the board also has plans in the works
for more Computer Based Testing (CBT) Centres
in order to the make examination exercise far
better.
Since there is only one week to satisfy, 1.7 million
students, it is totally understandable that more
centres will be brought into play.








5. There Will Be CCTV







Another key feature of the 2017 UTME that
students need to keep in mind is that cheating
and any other form of examination malpractice is
really frowned upon.
To ensure this is enforced, the guideline for CBT
centres include: The adoption of CCTV cameras
for all of them. This means one thing, the exams
will be closely monitored.








6. Technology Will Be Deployed







Also, technology will play a big role in this year’s
exam. This is the type of hall to expect as a
UTME 2017 candidate:
A single hall containing 250 functional desktop or
laptop computer systems with extra 25 as
backups.
The computers must be minimum 15 inch screens
and must be connected to robust computer server
with capacity to carry a minimum of 250 systems
concurrently.







7. Validity Duration






Another wonderful news for students is that
unlike previous years, the result they get from this
year’s exam will now be valid for 3 years and not
one year as it was previously. The Nigerian
Senate passed the extended validity period into
law on Thursday, October 13, 2016.







8. Harmony of timetables






Lastly, the organizers of the major examinations,
including JAMB met to avoid a clash in schedules
and in order to have a harmonized timetable. An
agreement was reached at the national
headquarters of the Board in Abuja on Tuesday,
January 24 , after a meeting with National
Examination Council (NECO), West African
Examination Council (WAEC) and National
Business and Technical Examination (NABTEB) to
harmonize the timetable.

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