The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede said the board has reduced the timeline for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) from three hours to two hours.

Similarly, Use of English that used to have 100 questions has been reduced to 60 questions while other subjects like mathematics, Economics, CRS, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Literature, etc will be 40 questions each.


The Registrar made this known during the Strategic Planning retreat on Supervision and Evaluation of 2017 UTME examinations.

He said JAMB has embraced new technology which will make the UTME comfortable to write by students in a privileged environment and those in rural areas.

How JAMB Compute Marks for UTME

UTME Score in all subjects are graded 100%, i.e. 100 marks. That’s to say that the total score for UTME is 400 and highest you can get is 400/400. And the minimum you can score is Zero.


For example, if you are required to answer 40 questions in Mathematics and you were good enough to score 40 over 40, Your score will be divided by 40 multiplied by hundred percent. Then you have a Jamb scored of 100 in Mathematics.

i.e. \frac{40}{40} x 100% = 100 marks.

Let’s See something below:

Total Score Obtainable for Mathematics = 40 Marks
Assuming your score in the subject = 30 Marks
Total percentage =100%,

then your mark in Mathematics will be \frac{30}{40} x 100% = 0.75 x 100 = 75 marks.


Now you may be asking, what if I score 20 over 40? The grading remains the same. Jamb will divide your 20 by 40 and multiply by 100. This will leave you with a score of 50%.

On ASSURE UTME Practice Test Portal, your raw score and graded score (100%) will be displayed on all subjects for candidates to measure up their performance in each subject.

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