Does JAMB deduct marks for wrong answers?

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is responsible for conducting the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), which is a prerequisite for admission into Nigerian universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education. One of the concerns that candidates have during the UTME examination is whether JAMB deducts marks for wrong answers. In this article, we will examine whether JAMB deducts marks for wrong answers.

Does JAMB Deduct Marks for Wrong Answers?

Yes, JAMB deducts marks for wrong answers. JAMB uses a computer-based testing (CBT) system to administer the UTME examination. The CBT system is designed to score each candidate’s performance automatically.

In the UTME examination, each question is assigned a fixed mark, usually one mark. Candidates are required to choose the correct answer from the options provided. If a candidate selects the correct answer, they are awarded the full mark assigned to the question. However, if a candidate selects the wrong answer, marks are deducted from their score.

JAMB employs a penalty system called the “Use of English” to discourage candidates from guessing answers. The Use of English penalty system applies to all subjects in the UTME examination. The penalty system means that candidates are penalized for wrong answers and rewarded for correct answers.

The penalty system works as follows:

  • Each question is assigned one mark.
  • If a candidate selects the correct answer, they are awarded one mark.
  • If a candidate selects the wrong answer, 0.25 marks are deducted from their score.
  • If a candidate does not select any answer, no mark is deducted or awarded.
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The Use of English penalty system means that candidates who guess answers are more likely to score lower than those who do not guess answers. Therefore, candidates are advised to only answer questions they are confident about to avoid unnecessary deduction of marks.

Conclusion

In conclusion, JAMB deducts marks for wrong answers. JAMB uses a penalty system called the Use of English to discourage candidates from guessing answers. The penalty system means that candidates are penalized for wrong answers and rewarded for correct answers. Candidates are advised to only answer questions they are confident about to avoid unnecessary deduction of marks. It is important for candidates to prepare adequately for the UTME examination and familiarize themselves with the penalty system to improve their performance in the examination.

By Sir Yormight

Hi, I'm Sir Yormight, and I'm passionate about education in Nigeria, particularly when it comes to helping students succeed in their JAMB exams. With 7 years of experience as an educator and 9 years as a blogger, I've had the privilege of sharing my knowledge and insights with countless students and parents. As someone who has personally experienced the challenges of JAMB exams, I understand how stressful and overwhelming they can be. That's why I'm committed to providing comprehensive and reliable information to students, parents, and educators through my blog. In addition to writing about JAMB exams, I enjoy staying active by hiking and practicing yoga. I also love exploring new cuisines and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. Thank you for visiting my blog, and I hope my posts can help you achieve success in your JAMB exams and beyond.

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