Friday, October 13, 2017

How Schools Conduct Post-UTME Admission Screening Exercise

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How do schools conduct Post-UTME screening exercise? What is admission screening? These are the few questions that Jamb candidates have been asking after the conclusion of JAMB.

Every University in Nigeria will carry out their screening exercise. While few have started, some have fixed a date while others have not started or fix a date for the screening process.

The question that runs through the mind of all aspiring candidate is "Will I be admitted?", including those that scored high in JAMB and have good O'Level result. No candidate wishes to spend an extra year at home but the fact is "More than 70% of those who applied to study in various tertiary institution will not be admitted".

After the conclusion of JAMB, the next thing students are preparing for is the Post-UTME screening exercise. In this article, I will be provide a never-ending answer to the questions.

  • Why Do Schools Conduct Post-UTME Admission Screening Exercise?
  • How Do Schools Conduct Post-UTME Admission Screening Exercise?

Let's get started.


Post-UTME is conducted by the school to check the real performance of candidates. Why real? They know some candidates cheat to pass their O'level and UTME examinations.


Different institution use different method to screen candidates. The methods used to screen UTME/DE candidates for admission include:

1. E-Portal or Online Screening
The aim of screening exercise is to ensure the validity of your result. Some schools demand candidates to upload relevant documents on their admission portal to cross-check it with the details sent by JAMB. Some of the important documents include:
  • O'level result (WAEC, NECO or GCE) 
  • JAMB result(original) 
  • Birth certificate 
  • Certificate of State/LG of origin 
  • JAMB Direct Entry Registration slip(For Direct Entry candidates) 
  • Passport
  • Online admission screening registration printout
  • Jamb details(such as Registration number, subject combined)

2. Physical Screening
Most schools demand candidates to appear physically at screening venue on a date fixed by the school. This is where candidates will present the above listed documents to the school to check for their validity.

NOTE: Some schools demand for Online and Physical screening at the same time.

3. Oral Screening
Schools also conduct screening in form of interview for candidates. They are usually asked some questions.

4. Test Screening
In this case, candidates sit down for a test conducted by the school.

NOTE: Interview Screening and Test Screening are usually conducted for Direct entry candidates. Since JAMB has issued warning to all institution to stop conducting any form of examination for UTME candidates, Online and Physical screening are used usually used for UTME candidates.

Yet, some schools still conduct examination/interview for UTME candidates, so don't be surprised if you come across any.

Now that you know how Schools conduct Post-UTME screening exercise, the next thing is to know "how to prepare for the Post-UTME admission screening exercise and succeed". I have prepared another article on that. Good news, isn't it? Read "How to prepare for Post-UTME admission screening exercise and succeed".

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