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Jamb Introduces Cognitive And Verbal Reasoning Test For Direct Entry Candidates From 2024

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the introduction of cognitive and verbal reasoning tests for direct entry candidates beginning in 2024. This news was confirmed by Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, during a comprehensive virtual meeting with education commissioners from across Nigeria.

The body’s decision to implement aptitude testing marks a pivot towards a more holistic assessment of candidates’ academic and career potentials. These tests aim to evaluate mental agility and physical capacity beyond the conventional subject-focused examinations.

Registration Exclusivity and Requirements

From 2024, Direct Entry registration will be confined to JAMB offices only, ensuring a controlled and standardised process. Candidates must be prepared to provide comprehensive academic information, including:

  • Previous Institution’s Matriculation Number: Where the qualifying certification was obtained.
  • Subject(s) of Qualification: Detailing the relevant academic subjects.
  • Awarding Institution: Name of the institution conferring the qualification.
  • Institution Attended: Where the studies were undertaken.
  • Year of Graduation: The completion date of the qualifying studies.
  • Admission Letters: Where applicable, for verification purposes.


This update signifies JAMB’s dedication to refining the selection process, ensuring that candidates are not only academically qualified but also possess the innate aptitude for their chosen fields of study.

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