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Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) is a Nigerian entrance examination board for tertiary-level institutions.[1] The board conducts entrance examinations for prospective undergraduates into Nigerian universities. The board is also charged with the responsibility to administer similar examinations for applicants to Nigerian public and private monotechnics, polytechnics, and colleges of educations. All of these candidates must have obtained the West Africa School Certificate, now West African Examinations Council, WAEC, or its equivalent, National Examination Council (Nigeria), NECO.[2]

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board
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Official logo
Acronym JAMB
Type Computer-Based Test
Knowledge / skills tested Academic performance in selected subjects.
Purpose Admission into tertiary institution.
Year started 1978 (1978)
Duration 2 hours.
Score / grade range 0 to 400
Score / grade validity 1 year
Offered Once in a year
Countries / regions Nigeria
Languages English
Annual number of test takers More than one million
Prerequisites / eligibility criteria SSCE results or awaiting SSCE results.
Scores / grades used by Over 500 universities, agencies and other institutions in Nigeria.

The pioneer Registrar was Mr. Michael Saidu Angulu who served from inception in 1978 to 1986.



  1. ^ "Ojerinde re-appointed JAMB registrar". Vanguard News. 9 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Varsities set irrelevant post-UTME questions and blame candidates for failing – Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, JAMB boss". The Punch - Nigeria's Most Widely Read Newspaper. Archived from the original on 2014-12-13.

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