The 2021 mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) was held on Thursday at 777 locations across the country, with a total of 160,617 candidates taking part.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) administered the exam at all centers nationally, with the goal of preparing applicants for the actual UTME, which will take place between June 19 and July 3, 2021.
At the end of the exercise in Abuja, JAMB’s Head of Media and Protocol, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, told reporters that the purpose of the mock exam was to test the competency and fitness of the centers.
He went on to say that the statewide exercise went off without a hitch, with the exception of Dominion International School, Jabi, Abuja, where the center was destroyed by fire and candidates were redirected to other locations.
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In all of our CBT centers, approximately 160,617 students are taking the mock exams. We received reports of capacity and stability complaints from one or two centers.
In Abuja, for example, a center – Dominion International School, Jabi — caught fire during the exams, but he insisted everything was under control.
The success of the mock exam, according to Fabian, proves that JAMB is fully prepared for the actual UTME, which is set to take place between June 19 and July 3, 2021.
He also said:
The exams are going well, and what we have presently indicates that we are ready for the main examinations on June 19.
Mrs. Oluwaseun Omotosho, a JAMB Technical Officer who oversaw the session at the Global Distance Learning Institute in Abuja’s Central Area, claimed 200 students enrolled for the exam but only 125 took it.
The center, which has four test halls, had no issues, according to Omotosho, and everything went smoothly.
Adelina Etete, one of the candidates who talked with THISDAY, said the mock exam has inspired her to study harder and prepare appropriately for the final UTME.
Etete, who credited the centre managers for the exercise’s smooth running, admitted that the exam was not simple, but it was on a topic she was familiar with.
Another candidate, Fahd Isah, mentioned that the exam gave him a taste of what the major exam will be like.
Isah, on the other hand, has urged the JAMB to provide pens and sheets to applicants who are writing topics that require computation.