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How Schools Conduct Post UTME For 2023 Admission Processing

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How Post UTME Is Conducted 2023: What is the difference between screening and Post UTME/DE for admission?, Will all schools write Post UTME Exam?, How does Post UTME look like?

Hey SAVANT! here you will learn how different schools in Nigeria, (Universities, Polytechnics and College of Education) organize/conduct Post UTME screening exercise for students and how to prepare… Enjoy!

How Schools Conduct Post UTME
How Schools Conduct Post UTME

I guess it is not longer news that the next Exam you are to prepare for after sitting for JAMB is your Post UTME exam, Ipso facto, the need to understand how these screenings are done.

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For those who may not be aware, out of 1.2million student that sat for JAMB, only about 30% of the student will be granted admission.

And about 70% of the total number of student that passed JAMB will be denied admission, not because they had a low JAMB score, but because JAMB is not the Only obstacle you need to overcome in order to gain admission in any School (University, Polytechnic or Colleges of Education) of your choice.

JAMB constitute 50% of admission criteria, which means, passing JAMB with a high score, lets say 270, only gives you a 50% chance of gaining admission.

The next big question that pops up from your mind is, what then makes up the remaining 50%??

Well, the answer is quite simple, the school you applied for decides how the other 50% will be summed up, this is mainly for check and balance purposes and also preventing the regulatory body (JAMB) from having Sole responsibility of  admitting student into higher institution.

What Is Post UTME?

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To grade student, Schools introduced a program called the Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam, which is short for Post UTME.

Each School (University, Polytechnic or Colleges of Education) organize or conduct their Post UTME independently, and you need to pass this just as much as you did in JAMB or even better to increase your chances of being admitted into the school of your choice.

It will be impossible for you to do well in an exam you know nothing about, that is why I am taking out the time to explain to you how Schools conduct Post UTME for admitting Students.

Don’t worry, you can thank me later, moreover what are friends for. lol 

Read Also: Differences Between JAMB CAPS And School Admission

How Schools Conduct Post UTME for Students

Universities that don't write Post UTME

Different schools employ different method for their Post UTME, these methods include but not limited to…

  1. Test Screening
  2. Physical Screening
  3. Online Screening
  4. Oral Screening

I will take out time to explain each of the methods and their intricacies… Stay tuned!!!

1. Test Screening

This is the most popular and most employed way of sorting out student for admission, this method in reality is what is actually called POST UTME, just like JAMB, Universities employing this method of screening allows student to sit for another exam but this time the questions are prepared by the school.

This test could either be Paper Pen Test ( short for PPT, PPT is now outdate as most Universities and Polytechnics would rather settle with PPT) or Computer Based Test (Short for CBT), although most schools if not all conduct CBT Post UTM Exam not PPT, but no need to be scared, the setting is similar to JAMB. 

Schools like, University of Benin (UNIBEN), Ahmadu Bellow University (ABU) and UNIZIK often use this method.

Before your Post UTME test screening, you will be given your Exam schedule, which will contain the Venue, date and Time for your exam just like JAMB Reprinting.

Read Also: Difference Between JAMB And Post UTME

2. Physical Screening

In this method, only the presence of the student and their qualification certificate are required, this means, you will not be sitting for any exam unlike in ‘test screening’.

This method occurs in two phases, in the first phase, you will be asked to submit your documents (I will list these items shortly) online, before presenting them to the school physically, hence the name ‘Physical Screening’

Meeting with your Screening officer for your department, these documents will be validated together with your O’ level graded, so student with good O’ level (WAEC, NECO or NABTEB) grade will benefit much from this method.

Below are some of the documents you may be asked to submit…

  • Original JAMB Result
  • Your O’level Certificate or result print out with their respective Scratch card
  • Online Post UTME Registration Printout
  • Screening Schedule Printout
  • Birth Certificate
  • Local Government of Origin Certificate
  • JAMB Direct Entry registration slip for DE student
  • JAMB UTME registration slip for UTME student

Do well to keep these certificate very well after use, because you will be needing them for your clearance when eventually admitted.

3. Online Screening

This is another method used by Schools for screening her student.

Here, students will be asked to submit their credentials online without sitting for any exam, you can see this method as an incomplete physical screening exercise, where the only difference is that student will not come in physical contact with their Screening officer for validation. 

Here, your O’level result has to be very good also. The credentials you would be asked to submit is similar to those listed in the Physical screening method.

4. Oral Screening

How Schools conduct Post UTME
Oral Examination Test of Student

This is not common, but it is still in use particularly for Direct entry Student. This screening is like an interview, where you will be asked questions orally and you are expected to respond. 

Schools employ any of these method for their post UTME screening, Irrespective of the method used by your school choice, try to stay focused and determined, these are the only things that will get you through this phase.

See Also: Universities That Offers JUPEB Program In Nigeria

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How Will I know If My School Will Conduct Post UTME or Not?

Well, you cannot tell the method to be used by your school of choice until they release their Post Utme form for that year, this is because the methods are not consistently used, AAU may use Online screening this year and decide to conduct Test screening next year for her student, so you have to be fully prepared for what ever comes your way.

Difference between screening and post UTME

Yes, Screening is quite different from Post UTME, for Post UTME you will expected to sit for an Exam while in screening NO Exam, just submission of the requested credentials.

In Conclusion

Prepare fervently for your Post UTME like your school can use any of the methods, Test screening, Online Screening, Physical screening or Oral screening, get past questions from colleagues and stop procrastinating… Success!

This will be all for now, I understand you may have a question or two to ask, feel free to drop them using the comment box below!

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  1. Hi, I intend to change my first choice institution from ui to lautech since ui is yet to release their exam date. But the question is, after writing lautech’s post utme exam and getting accepted, can i do a change of institution so that ui comes first again and then write ui’s exam once the date is released

  2. When do you go to buy the school post utme form?
    Is it after u are giving admission in jamb CAPS or u have to buy and sit for the exam first before u will see admission in CAPS?

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