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UTME 2023: Basic changes every student needs to know

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With over 1.16 million registered candidates taking the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination , in 2023. Parents, teachers, and candidates, may be shocked if they don’t pay attention to some of the changes made by the examination body.

1. Exam Duration

JAMB Computer Based Test has been reduced from 3 to 2 hours:

The time candidates have to answer the exam questions have been reduced from the 3 hours that it used to be to 2 hours. This simply means that candidates will have to work on how fast they can answer JAMB CBT exam questions.

There are JAMB CBT softwares you can use to practice JAMB CBT questions and with constant practice, candidates will be able to increase their pace of answering questions and be able to do well during the actual JAMB CBT exam.

2. Number of Exam Questions Have Been Reduced

Before now, JAMB CBT examination usually comprised 100 questions for Use of English and 50 questions each for the other three subjects a candidate is expected to sit for bringing the total number of questions to 250. However, JAMB has disclosed that there will be a change.

Edugist discovered that in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) 2023, there will be 180 questions in total, Use of English is 60 questions and other subjects are 40 questions each. This means subjects like mathematics, physics, chemistry, government, biology, literature in English, economics, principle of accounting, et cetera.

Finally, How JAMB Scores Calculated Or Graded 2023 has changed

Let’s say you registered for Math, English, Physics, Chemistry, then

Math = 40 questions

Use of English = 40 questions

Physics = 40 questions

Chemistry = 40 questions

Total = 180 questions

Don’t forget that the total score in JAMB is 400. So it won’t be out of place if we say that each question carries 0.45 marks. However, it won’t be balanced since you will be taking 4 subjects and each subject takes 100 marks in the 400 marks.


Let’s say you correctly answer 40 out of the 60 questions in English, that will be;

40/60 x 100 = approximately 67. Which means you had 67 over 100.

Let’s say you correctly answer 35, 32, 26 in Math, Physics, and Chemistry respectively

For Math, you have;

35/40 x 100 = 75

For physics, you have;

32/40 x 100 = Approximately 88

And for chemistry, you have;

26/40 x 100 = 70

Adding the scores in all the four subjects:

83 + 75 + 88 + 70 = 316

So, that’s actually 316 out of 400 in JAMB.

Now, that’s how JAMB scores are calculated. Although, they don’t do this manually but with the help of computers since there are millions of candidates.

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