What to expect during a Post-UTME screening exercise is a question all candidates seeking admission should have in mind, i.e. after knowing the official admission cut-off mark your preferred school of choice would use for its admission exercise.
This year’s Post-UTME screening exercise might not end up being like that of previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.
It is now so clear that the pandemic has affected all aspects of the economy, most especially the educational sector. The academic calendars of all schools have been greatly affected, most especially public schools. The situation is not so bad in some private institutions because of their adoption of virtual learning approach. Nevertheless, both the private and public schools are a step or two behind with their academic activities.
The level of difference this year’s Post-UTME screening might have from previous years totally depends on how long the pandemic and lockdown would stick around. Despite the fact that most institutions have already started selling their Post-UTME and Direct Entry screening forms for the 2020/2021 session, most of these schools are yet to fix a date for screening.
From JAMB statistics, a lot of institutions, most especially the public institutions have a lot of candidates ranging from 10,000 – 100,000+ fighting for admission slots. Most of these institutions don’t have enough halls, theaters, auditoriums, or venues to host these numbers of candidates while maintaining social distancing during a Post-UTME screening exercise.
Post-UTME and Direct Entry screening exercises over the years are done differently in various schools: some schools might make use of a CBT test or examination system held in the school, some schools might adopt a physical screening of the aspirants’ credentials, some might screen the aspirants’ credentials online, or some might even conduct online examinations.
Now, in the case of institutions that do conduct online examinations, they might experience little or no effect, since the candidates take the examination from their various places of residence but the case is totally different from institutions who conduct the other forms of Post-UTME screening such as the ones listed above.
The other forms of the Post-UTME screening require a physical presence which is not advisable because of the pandemic. Maintaining social distancing to a vast number of candidates might not sit well with most institutions, most especially those that have smaller halls, theatres, computer laboratories and staff.
Although conducting the screening exercise might seem challenging, the situation can still be managed, i.e. if all schools do obey and abide by the conditions listed out by the federal government.
In summary: here’s what most likely the Post-UTME screening exercise might look like for this year in its various stages:
What to Expect During Post-UTME Screening Registration:
The registration process so far seems to be similar to the previous years. Though most schools do skip the date of the screening which we know is due to the pandemic, because they can’t predict when it will all be over.
Post-UTME Screening Type or Method:
This might differs depending on the school. Some schools might end up changing their method of screening in order to maintain social distancing or to avoid gathering at all, some would add more requirements for the screening, such as compulsory use of face mask, bringing of hand sanitizers by each candidate to the venue, sharing the candidates into smaller batches, extending the post-UTME screening time-line amongst others.
No matter the case of your school of choice, one thing that really matters is your readiness. How ready are you? If you institution decides to conduct an online examination is year around, probably something that has never been done before, how ready are you to sit for it? How ready are your credentials to be screened? Are they all in in place?
By now, you should have known the type and method of screening your school of choice conducted for years back and from there you can predict what to expect during the Post-UTME screening exercise and how to prepare for it. You are equally advised to know how the other methods of the screening are done should in case of any surprises. To know more about how to prepare for Post-UTME Screening, click the link below.
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Post-UTME candidates are equally advised to check our Post-UTME screening past questions that contain authentic past questions from a lot of higher institutions in Nigeria to equally know what to expect during the screening exercise. The institutions include Ahmadu Bello University, Bayero University Kano, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Ibadan, University of Benin, University of Calabar, University of Lagos, University of Ilorin, University of Port-Harcourt, University of Uyo, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, University of Nigeria and a host of others.
Also, if by now, you are yet to understand what Post-UTME really means, you are advised to click the link below to understand how its conducted, assessed, graded, how much it should cost amongst other vital information.
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Always remember, if you don’t expect something you’ll be taken unaware!