Service charge

JAMB Raises UTME Service Fee at CBT Centers to N2,000

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has approved its Accredited Computerized Testing Centers (CBT) to increase the service fee per candidate from N1,400 to N2,000.

In its weekly newsletter, JAMB explained that initially each candidate pays the sum of N1,400, consisting of N700 for the mock-UTME and another N700 for the UTME.

“From now on, partner CBT centers will collect N2,000 as a service fee from candidates who sit for both the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and the mock UTME.

“In essence, candidates who did not indicate to sit for the mock UTME will only pay N1,000 for the UTME while those who want to sit for the mock UTME will pay an additional N1,000.

“This is independent of whether they pass the exam or not,” he said.

He said the board decided on this decision because many candidates who showed interest in taking the fake UTME had repeatedly refused to take the exercise.

She explained, however, that the high cost of maintaining the centers for both years prompted her to approve the increase to ease the pressure on the centers.

“As a result, candidates are now advised to decide whether they indeed wish to participate in the mock exercise before expressing their interest at the time of registration. This is because they will be required to pay for it.

“This is also due to the fact that once candidates express their interest in taking the mock-UTME, the centers to which they will be assigned will be mandated to put in place the necessary facilities to prepare for their appearance,” JAMB said.

In a similar development, the board also said it would delist any CBT centers that did not reach its approved capacity in fiscal year 2022.

JAMB said this will include all centers that cannot perform optimally within the approved capabilities, reducing their capabilities to conduct the UTME 2022 as per specifications.

The board said the move had become imperative as it began preparations for its next financial year while ensuring it was ready to top this year’s success in subsequent financial years.