The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has shifted the 2023 Mock-UTME scheduled for Thursday,16th March 2023, to Thursday, 30th March 2023.
The Board said the shift in date is partly owing to the change in the date for the Gubernatorial and State Houses of Assembly Elections, earlier scheduled to be held on Saturday,11th March 2023, but now moved to 18th March 2023.
In a statement, the Head of Public Affairs and Protocol of JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said candidates who registered early and indicated their willingness to take the Mock-UTME would be notified when to print their notification slips containing their centres and other details.
The Mock-UTME is an optional examination introduced by the Board to provide an opportunity for candidates to have hands-on experience with the system as well as allow the Board to ascertain its readiness and that of its partners for the main UTME, which is scheduled to be held between 29th April, to 12th May 2023.
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According to the statement, the Board also announced innovations in this year’s UTME to address observed infractions and centre failures.
For instance, if there is a delay of up to one hour before the commencement of a particular session, that session stands cancelled and will be rescheduled along with the candidates. By the same token, no examination can be started one hour after the scheduled commencement time. The session will be prepared for any VACANT or AVAILABLE slot.
Dr Benjamin noted that JAMB has made it mandatory that candidates must be notified of their new scheduled session or centre, as the case may be, before they leave their centre. In addition, no candidate would be allowed to spend less than one hour before submitting responses during the UTME.
Similarly, the innovation would make it impossible for candidates to log in after one hour of activation of the examination. He said if an examination session is cancelled or cannot be held, candidates will not panic as they will simply be scheduled for the next available session, which could be that same day. Instead, such candidates are expected to quietly leave the hall and move to the Holding Area to await further instruction.
Dr Benjamin urged candidates not to leave the examination centre until they have been notified of the day and time of their rescheduled examination.
Dr Benjamin said candidates are to note that any rescheduled examination is strictly meant to accommodate only those whose examination session could not be held for one reason or another, not for those marked LATE or ABSENT for their session.
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