As the Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and admission screening of various institutions of higher learning are about to commence for prospective undergraduate students to be admitted into the 2019/2020 academic session, congratulations to all those who were successful in UTME this year. You have worked hard to take the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exams, and of course, scored above the cut off marks. The good news is that you have laid a good foundation. The other news is that there is still much work to be done, particularly on passing your Post UTME exams.
Post UTME, also known as Post JAMB exams is the exams organized and conducted by higher institutions in Nigeria for candidates who have applied to that institution and wrote the JAMB examinations with a score equal to or above the general cut-off mark of the university. Although not all Nigerian Universities conducts Post UTME, if a candidate fails to write Post UTME, he/she will be denied admission irrespective of how high he beats the cut-off mark in JAMB exams.
Preparing for the Post UTME might be overwhelming but, your Post UTME is your opportunity to show the admissions committee what you are all about and make a great first impression. The guidelines below will help you to improve your preparatory skills and give you an important guide to passing the 2019 university post UTME.
Study with reference from past questions and Answers
Post UTME past question papers are an important tool for revision, allowing students to check how their revision is going and assess areas of improvement. Generally, students who are preparing for any kind of exams should count themselves lucky if they can get their hands on past questions and answers booklet/guide. Through studying past questions, you will know the format of the exams and the number and types of questions you will be asked.
Plan to manage your time
Answering past questions under timed conditions and consulting the scheme of marking can give insight into the pattern of the Post UTME examination, and help you brainstorm the answers to the questions while practising it and predict the possible questions in the exams proper. Managing your time before sitting for any exams is a welcomed development for students who wish to succeed academically. Timing yourself while you study will give you an understanding of the amount of time required to read through the questions, check which questions are compulsory, decide which to answer first and allocate time for each question based on the number of marks each is worth.
Understand the Examinations type
Different institutions of higher learning have different exam-type questions that require various formats of response. You’ll have to understand the nature of the examination and ask yourself important questions that you must answer yourself before the exams, questions like: How is the school setting the exams? How many questions are the minimum questions that required answers? How many scores does each question carry and finally will it be a paper and pencil test or a computer-based?
Be at the Examination venue on time
Punctuality is as important as any of the aforementioned points. You should try to get to the examination venue and give yourself a stress-free run-up of what you’ve revised. You are advised to plan your schedule and allow for extra travelling time (If the location of your exam is in another state) to be punctual for the examinations, because, no extra time is given for students who are late due to traffic jams or that could not locate the venue of the examination on time.
Do not leave the examination hall too early
When you feel like you’ve done everything you can on your paper but there’s still time left on the clock, that makes a tricky situation. And while some people couldn’t even dream of leaving an exam early, others have done it before. Of course, there is plenty to do in an exam even once you feel like you’ve exhausted all your knowledge. You can reread the questions to make sure you are giving the examiner the exact answer they are asking for, if you didn’t solve all the answers, look through the rest of the exams to see if they give you any questions that gave you the answers you need or sit back to see if you can jog your memory for a tough question.