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Meaning of JAMB in Nigerian Education

What is the meaning of JAMB in Nigeria education? JAMB means Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (it is an acronym). It is an entrance examination board for tertiary-level institutions in Nigeria.

In other words, JAMB conducts entrance examinations for prospective undergraduates seeking admission into Nigerian universities. This examination is called the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). It is a Computer-Based Test.

Meaning of JAMB in Nigerian Education


JAMB conducts entrance exams for Nigerian public and private monotechnics, polytechnics, and colleges (of educations, agriculture, etc.). This could be into first year (100 level) or Direct Entry (200 or 300 level) programmes.

Before a candidate can sit for JAMB UTME, he/she must have passed senior secondary school leaving exams conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WEC) or its equivalents – National Examination Council (NECO) and National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB).

Why do People ask for the Meaning of JAMB in Nigerian Education?

This is one question we have received a lot from universities abroad. Many Nigerian students apply for admission into Universities abroad. These schools obviously want to verify the results and certificates applicants tender.

One of the certificates they want to verify is JAMB result. Amazingly, some of the admission officers in those schools would be finding our about JAMB for the first time. They would like to know what it means.

Such admission officer would normally do a quick Google search for the meaning of JAMB in Nigeria. This is even more so because jamb (not an acronym) means something else in English. Jamb literally means a side post or surface of a doorway, window, or fireplace.

JAMB has two official websites – is the corporate website while is the admission website. The latter takes care of UTME registration, admission offer acceptance and more.

Now that you know what JAMB means in Nigeria education, would you like to know how JAMB UTME is graded? Click here to see What is the highest JAMB score in Nigeria?

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