JAMB Sets New Guidelines Ahead of 2024 UTME


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has introduced a revised guide for the upcoming 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Notable changes include the mandatory use of laptop computers with a minimum of 2 gigabytes (2GB) of RAM at all Computer-Based Test (CBT) centers.

In an effort to enhance the integrity of the examination process, JAMB explicitly prohibits CBT centers from collaborating with cybercafes or tutorial centers. Any violation of this directive, whether in part or whole, will revoke the erring CBT center’s license.

Furthermore, starting in 2024, JAMB is considering separating UTME registration from Direct Entry (DE), marking a potential shift in its registration processes.

These updates were shared in the board’s weekly bulletin following a five-day retreat held in Abuja from September 19th to September 23rd.

According to JAMB, no new CBT center will be accredited unless it meets the new requirements. New centers are required to use laptop computers as clients, with thin clients or Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) not being accepted.

To ensure the preparedness of CBT centers, JAMB plans to introduce three mandatory Autobot tests—pre-accreditation, during the Mock-UTME, and a dummy examination held a day before the UTME.

Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar of JAMB, emphasized that the biometrics of all accredited CBT center registration officers will be collected before the exam.

Additionally, candidates are instructed to print their registration slips with at least two fingers. On the day of the examination, either of the two fingers taken will be used for biometric verification before entering the examination hall.

Bad Fingerprints

JAMB has outlined a procedure for candidates with problematic fingerprints. Designated as “Exemption Candidates,” these individuals will be scheduled for the examination at the registration point. Their registration slips will be color-coded to identify them, setting them apart from other candidates easily.

These Exemption Candidates will take their exams in Abuja on the last day of the national examination calendar.

However, it’s important to note that their results will not be released until they undergo thorough scrutiny by JAMB. This measure is likely implemented to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the examination results for candidates facing fingerprint challenges.


We urge you, however, to keep tabs on us for more updates on JAMB.

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