Candidates of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME who are experts in guessing answers to questions during examinations, should better study hard to have a mastery of their subjects, as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has acquired a software that reduces the tendency for students to guess accurately during examination.
Speaking exclusively with Vanguard on phone, JAMB’s Public Relations Officer, Dr Fabian Benjamin said JAMB has invested heavily in training and acquisition of some softwares that are specifically designed for examinations.
Benjamin’s words; ‘’Technically, what we were using before to test students was what we called Classical Test Theory, but now we have adopted what we call Item Response Theory. The difference is that the Item Response Theory reduces the percentage of guessing.The tendency for students to guess and guess right is minimal with this software.”
With the introduction of CBT and the software in place, Fabian maintained that it will be difficult for candidates to engage in examination malpractice.
Besides, for proper efficiency in service delivery by staff of JAMB, Fabian disclosed that over one hundred staff were sent abroad for local and international training on computer based test. ‘’This year, we have sent over 100 staff for training abroad for international and local training to make them grounded in the art of computer based test,’’ he said.
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