Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination

The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is a computer-based standardized examination for prospective undergraduates in Nigeria.[1] It is designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, knowledge of scientific concepts and principles significance of each subject taken. Prior to 2014 the exam was a paper-and-pencil test; since May 17, 2014, however, all administrations of the exam have been computer-based.

Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination
TypeComputer-based standardized test
Developer / administratorJoint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)
PurposeAdmissions to undergraduate programmes of tertiary institutions in Nigeria
Year started1978 (1978)
Duration2 hours and 45 minutes.
Score / grade range0 to 400.
Score / grade validity1 year.
OfferedOnce a year.
Countries / regionsNigeria.
Annual number of test takers1.48 million candidates in 2015.
Prerequisites / eligibility criteriaCandidate must be preparing to apply to a tertiary institution. Fluency in English assumed.
FeeVaries year by year
Scores / grades used byUniversities, polytechnics and monotechnics in Nigeria.


Registration is usually once in a year, Of which candidates are allowed to register just four Subjects. The Use of English is compulsory and any other three subjects relevant to the proposed course of study as set out in the relevant Chapters of the JAMB UTME Brochure.

JAMB prohibits the use of calculators, timers, or other electronic devices during the exam. Cellular phones are also strictly prohibited from exam rooms and individuals found to possess them are penalised, usually made to forfeit the exam. The only item that may be brought into the testing room is the candidate's Reprinted E-registration slip. UTME results are made available just few days after the exam has been conducted via JAMB's website,SMS and Email. JAMB also sends scores to universities and institutions being applied to.


JAMB does not prepare candidates for its examination by establishing secondary schools or tutorial centers, and no such institution is affiliated with the body.

However, JAMB provides a syllabus brochure, which is either made available online or given to students when they register. Candidates are expected to cover all the subject areas in the syllabus.

JAMB also has an online practice test on its website which enables students to practice. There are also some test software and applications which are made by several test preparatory companies, none of which JAMB is affiliated with.

Students also purchase UTME past questions book, which contains questions asked in the exam during previous years. The book is made by different publishing companies.


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