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JAMB UTME 2014: Does Negative Marking Apply?

It’s been argued over time whether or not the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board -JAMB, the sole conductor of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in Nigeria, use a negative marking strategy to grade students’ scores. Well, they may have adopted this in the past, but for the forthcoming 2014 UTME, they won’t!

JAMB UTM-Examination usually last for three and a half hours comprising of multiple choice questions drawn from Use of English and 3 other subjects specified by the candidate. Traditionally, JAMBites are given the Use of English paper to begin with after which the other 3 papers are distributed after some minutes later.

Students who applied for JAMB (whether PPT, CBT or DBT) are to expect 100 questions in the Use of English section, and 50 questions each from their other three subject combination making a total of 250 questions gradable to a total of 400 marks.

The gist is this, since there is nothing like negative marking, it is advised that you shade an answer option for all questions.
First answer the questions you are very sure of and come back later to answer the rest. Wasting undue time on one difficult question does not make meaning when all questions carry equal marks! Make sure you shade an option for every question, who knows, you might just be lucky to get all the ones you guessed.

If you have questions regarding JAMB marking scheme for 2014 UTME, and the score/grading system, kindly make use of the comment box below. We can also help you address any issue(s) or error(s) made unknowingly during registration.

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  1. Any idea how they’re scoring questions on the literature book? Last Days At … That one.

  2. Hi, pls I made a mistake in ma registration… I mistakenly choose oyo as ma state of origin instead of lagos

    • @Adebisi: Unfortunately there is nothing you can do about this. However you may apply for correction after you have gotten admission. Let us know how it goes.

  3. Does al question carry equal mark I̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ d use of english cbt utme

  4. please check my jamb result 46320729BD

  5. worry nat just give me ur number i will surely give u a call immediately i checked my result cos it will be 283 nd above since i am free from negative marking. Thank God oooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  6. is it true that there is negative marking in jamb also the three optional subjects carry two marks

  7. may God help us all

  8. Truly no matter if someone doesn’t be aware of afterward its up to
    other users that they will help, so here it takes place.

  9. I’ll make 250 this year,watch out! God is my right-hand.

  10. ###### Thanks you