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Board to introduce computer-based tests

14 February 2014, 08:30Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) will, starting next, year replace the standard paper-pencil base examinations with computer-base test (CBT).

The board said the CBT would become the norm as it was easier to administer and had several advantages.

The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, noted that the decision to scrap the paper pencil test and replace it with computer base test was reached at the general meeting of the board.

The registrar explained that the choice of the computer base test was to curb examination malpractices, inappropriate release of results and encourage candidates to prepare adequately.

“Our experience last year showed that the computer base test candidates performed better than the paper pencil test ones. For the computer base test, there was no single examination malpractice, there was no missing result and answer script,” he said.

Ojerinde however said that the board will allow both paper-pencil and computer base test for this year's examination taking place in April and May.

“This year's JAMB PPT and CBT examination will take place in April 12 and May 17 but this is the last time we are going to do PPT.  It will be all CBT next year. We want education to move forward, one of the ways of moving it forward is to eradicate examination malpractices. That is our ambition and we believe that CBT will bring us to par with other technological developed nations,” he added.

– CAJ News

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