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SEE How to Calculate Points as JAMB Adopts “Point System” Option for 2016 Admissions
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Posted on: 05:46 Wed, 06 Jul 2016

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation
Board has announced the release of its
guidelines for the 2016 admissions’ process.

The method, described as the point system option, was adopted after an extensive one- week meeting JAMB had with universities and other tertiary institutions’ administrators
in the country.

According to the guidelines contained in a
statement placed on its website on Monday night, JAMB said that the modalities were going to be based on point system.

While explaining how the admission process would work for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidates and direct entry students, the organisation stated that universities were going to charge fees for screening of candidates at the end of the process for admission.

According to JAMB, the new method uses a
point system to offer provisional admission
to candidates.

“Before a candidate can be considered for
screening, he/she must have been offered a
provisional admission by JAMB. The JAMB
admission checker portal is going to be
opened soon for this process, so praying is
all you can do now,” JAMB said.

The second process, it said, was the point
system where admission would depend on
the point tally of the candidate.
The statement said, “JAMB’s provisional
admission no longer makes much sense this
year, your points tally will decide your faith.
The points are evenly spread out between
your O’ Level and JAMB results to provide a
level-playing field for all.

“In the first case, any candidate who
submits only one result which contains his/
her relevant subjects already has 10 points.

The exam could be NECO, WASSCE,
November/December WASSCE etc, but any
candidate who has two sittings only gets 2
points. So this means that candidates with
only one result are at an advantage but only

The organisation added that the “next point
grades fell into the O’ Level grades where
each grade would have it equivalent point;
A=6 marks, B=4 marks, C=3 marks, so the
better the candidates’ grades, the better his
or her chances of securing admission this

“The next point is the UTME scores where
each score range has its equivalent point
which can be summarised thus,
180-200=20-23 marks, 200-250=24-33 points,
251-300=34-43, 300-400=44-60 points,”
JAMB explained.

Giving a breakdown, JAMB explained that
each category would contain five JAMB
results per point added.

For example a candidate with 180-185 gets
20 points, while a candidate with 186-190
gets 21 points.

JAMB added that the point system for direct
entry would be released soon.
JAMB stated that fees would still be charged
for screening which would replace the Post
UTME test.

JAMB also emphasised that catchment and
educationally less-developed state would still
be used for admission into the nation’s
tertiary institutions.

JAMB said, “Merit contains 45 per cent of
the total candidates for a particular course,
Catchment contains 35 per cent and ELDS
and staff lists contains the rest. Cut off
marks will be released by the institutions
this year in the form of points and not

“If a school declares its cut off mark for
Medicine as 90 points and JAMB grants a
candidate with 250 a provisional admission
but his/her total points falls short of the 90
points, then he/she will lose the admission.

So the provisional admission is just a means
to an end, not the end in itself.”
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