HOW TO PICK SCHOOLS BEFORE WRITING THE JOINT ADMISSION AND MATRICULATION BOARD (JAMB) EXAM AND AFTER WRITING THE EXAM

CHOSE THE RIGHT SCHOOL AND THE RIGHT COURSE AFTER READING THIS:

Picking the right institution to study your preferred course is very important. In this article, we'd be going through several reasons to be considered when picking an institution before taking the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exam and after taking the exam. 


BEFORE THE EXAM

  When registering for the Jamb exam, you'd be required to fill in four different choices of institution and course. In your first, second and third choices, you can fill in universities/polytechnics/monotechnics and in your fourth choice you can fill in a college of education. But before making a decision for your choice of institutions, what should you place in consideration? 


1. WHY ARE YOU PICKING THE SCHOOL? 

      Are you picking the school because of the prestige attached to its name?  Are you picking because you love the beauty of the school?  Or you are picking the school because of its educational quality? 

    The educational quality of a school should be a strong factor to be considered before picking the school as your choice of institution. Always consider the rating of your school on your preferred course. Also, the certificate the school would be giving to you after you have completed your course, is it respected in the country/society? If yes, go ahead and make it your choice. If no, reconsider and check other schools.

2. ACCREDITATION OF YOUR PREFERRED COURSE IN THE SCHOOL? 

   This is a factor you should put into consideration and research upon before choosing your preferred institution. Has the school been accredited to lecture your preferred course? If yes, go and ahead and make it your choice. If no, reconsider. There have been cases of schools who lectured courses they weren't accredited for and the students who are studying the courses in these schools would have to forgo it and start all over again in a new school no matter how far they have gone. In other not be in a situation like this, check out other institutions that has been accredited to lecture your preferred course before making your decision. 

3. LOCATION OF THE SCHOOL VS YOUR ADAPTIVE SKILLS: 

    You should consider the location of the school and your adaptive skills before making a decision. Are you the type that enjoys travelling long distances?  Does the distance of your school to your place of residence matter to you?  Are going to be in a rural/suburban/urban area?  Is the area well secured?  Check all these before making your decision. 

4. SCHOOL'S REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION: 

   What's the school's requirements for admission? You should also consider this before making your choice. Some schools demand a minimum mark of 160, some demand 180 while some demand 200 in jamb as their cut-off. Also check their departmental UTME (also JAMB) and POST UTME cut off. How good is your O'level result? Some schools accept a maximum of two sittings. Check if the institution you want to pick accepts two sittings if your results requires combination. If you've checked the O'level requirements and the departmental cut-off for UTME and POST-UTME and you feel it's achievable for you, go ahead and make them your choice. If it's not achievable, reconsider and check other schools with lesser requirements. 

5. SCHOOL'S INFRASTRUCTURE: 

  This also is a very important factor to consider. Does the school have the right facilities to lecture your preferred course? Are the lecture areas friendly enough to study in?  If yes, go ahead. If no, do reconsider. 

6. CULTISM: 

   Most schools suffer from cultism and other bad vices. How high is the rate of cultism in your preferred institution? How well are they managing it and guaranteeing students safety in cases of cults attacks?  Check this before making your decision. 

7.  SCHOOL FEES VS YOUR FINANCIAL BACKGROUND:

    In your preferred institution, how financially buoyant are your parents to pay the fees? Would they have to borrow from friends, banks, cooperative societies before they'd be able to pay your fees? If yes, please reconsider and pick other institutions with lesser fees so you wouldn't have to drop out from school along the line or do odd jobs that might affect your academic performance in other to pay. 

  What if they are financially buoyant to pay your fees?  Go ahead. 

    

AFTER THE EXAM: 

   You probably would have checked your results by now and you are probably preparing for the admission process. Before getting too relaxed, reconsider your choice of institution by considering the following: 

1. DID YOU MEET YOUR PREFERRED INSTITUTION CUT-OFF? 

  Now that you have checked your results, did you meet your school's cut off?  If yes, go ahead and prepare for the post utme exams. If no, we'd advise you change your institution to a school that suits your score.  A change of institution/course form costs two thousand, five hundred naira only (#2500). 

2. DEPARTMENTAL POST UTME CUT-OFF: 

   Have you checked the departmental cut-off for post utme?  Check again. Is it achievable for you?  If yes, go for it.  If no,  change your institution to one with lesser departmental post utme cut-off mark. 

3.CHANGE OF COURSE: 

  Would you rather change your course to one you'd enjoy studying and working on in future, also one that'd fit your score at the same time?  If you can, purchase a change of institution/course form.  But don't just change for the sake of you wanting to gain admission immediately. 

4. HIGHER CHANCE OF ADMISSION:

  The school where you have an higher chance of getting admitted, is it your first choice or the second choice?  Most schools only attend to those who pick them as their first choice. Check the school where you have a higher chance of getting admitted and make them your first choice. 

5. PRE-DEGREE: 

    What if you don't want to change your institution/course or there's no school with lesser requirements for your preferred course?  Don't lose hope, you can opt for a pre-degree programme. A pre-degree programme is a one year programme put in place by universities for students who seek admission into 100 level of any course the school offers. Is there a guarantee of gaining admission?  Yes, if you pass the course. 


NOTE: Visit a JAMB accredited center to change your institution to avoid a situation of the changes you make not reflecting on JAMB portal. 

 After you've gone through this, you should know how to pick your preferred institution to study your desired course. Put the factors listed above in a scale of preference, weigh them against your current decision and see where you stand. If you need to make adjustments, do so. 

Consider the factors above before making a decision for your preferred institution. Need more guide, join our community (Facebook group) @Final Year Project. 


DISCLAIMER: This article is based on research and experience, any decision taken by you based on this was made by choice and we have no responsibility for the consequences.

GOOD LUCK!!!!

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