JAMB and WAEC Which One Comes First? (Complete Guide)

What is the difference between WAEC and JAMB

The main difference between JAMB and Post UTME is that JAMB is usually run by the government-owned Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, which is in charge of college admissions in Nigeria.
Post UTME, on the other hand, is usually run by individual schools to make sure that students who met the JAMB cut-off mark also met the school’s academic requirements for admission.

In this piece, we’ll talk about what makes JAMB different from Post UTME and how to do well on the Post UTME exams that are coming up.

What’s JAMB?

Jamb stands for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board. This group is in charge of putting on entrance exams for Nigerian universities for people who want to go there as freshmen.

As a group, Jamb is in charge of all admissions. It doesn’t just control admissions to universities, but also to polytechnics and colleges of education, which is why the name is “Joint.”

As a group, Jamb is in charge of all admissions. It controls admissions to universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education, which is why it is called JOINT.

Students who want to use Jamb to get into college have to take tests. They can choose four topics that fit with the course they want to take, but English is required for everyone. At the end of the JAMB test, students must score above a certain cut-off mark that is set by the school to which they applied.

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Universities don’t hold any more tests after the JAMB exam. Post-UTME is a way to sort through the applicants to find the best ones to let in.

What Does Post UTME Mean?

Post UTME is short for “Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam.” When candidates make the JAMB cut-off mark, many universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education hold a post-UTME exam or screening to help choose the best ones. The first Post-UTME tests were held in Nigeria in 2005. This is done to stop people who aren’t ready for college from going there.

After each JAMB test, students will be sent to the school of their choice for Post-UTME and admission screening. Post-UTME is used by all schools to decide who gets into the school. It is not controlled by a single body, so different schools use different ways to do Post-UTME.

Post-UTME can be a test screening, a physical screening, an online screening, or an oral screening, among other things.

Why do colleges and universities write Post-UTME?

The National Universities Commission (NUC) came up with the Post-UTME system to cut down on the number of students admitted each year. Universities in Nigeria can’t accept all of the applicants who got 180 or more.

Nigerian colleges and universities set up the Post UTME so that candidates can find out if they are qualified for entry. When the school adds up a student’s JAMB and post-UTME scores and divides them by 2, they get an average number that helps them decide whether or not to let them in.

So, if you want to be one of the people who get in, you must do your best to prepare. One way to get ready is to get the institution’s post-UTME questions from the past and read them.

Some universities have stopped using the post-UTME screening method and instead use oral screening, physical screening, and online screening. Aside from Post-UTME, these other methods of screening usually involve uploading your credentials, such as your O-level result (Waec, Neco, or Nabteb Result), birth certificate, Jamb result, and others, to the school’s online verification site. Then, your O-level score will be used to figure out what their average cut-off mark is.

What’s different about JAMB and Post-UTME?

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) is a test board in Nigeria that helps people get into universities. That runs the JAMB UTME (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination), a standard computer-based test for Nigerian high school grads who want to go to college.

On the other hand, the Post UTME is meant to test how well you solve problems, how well you think critically, how well you understand scientific concepts, and how important each topic is in general. It also helps the university find the applicants and decide who can get in based on the school’s cut-off score. See the JAMB cut-off mark for all universities in 2022/2023.

How to do well in Post-UTME

After you pass your JAMB test, the next big step is to start preparing seriously for the Post-UTME. Here are some tips you should follow if you want to get a good post-UTME score:

  • Know how the post-UTME test works
  • Make sure you learn the post-UTME curriculum.
  • Develop a good way to study.
  • Set up a good place to study.
  • Study the post-UTME questions from the past very well.
  • Stop worrying and stay calm during the test.
  • Follow the post-UTME exam’s rules and laws.

Questions and Answers about Post-UTME

Can I take the post-UTME Exam for two schools?

Yes, you can. If you meet the JAMB cutoff mark for both your first and second choice colleges, there is no reason why you can’t take the post-UTME test at both colleges. But the post-UTME schedule is probably the only trouble you might have. If the post-UTME tests for both schools are on the same day, you may have to give up one of the schools.

Is post UTME difficult?

Post-UTME is not hard if you are ready for it. There will always be more questions. You can pass post UTME easily if you can get hold of past questions. They can be bought at bookstores near schools. The time for the post-UTME test is also limited. You only have a certain amount of time to answer 50–100 questions, and you can’t use a computer.

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Is Post-UTME Exam Compulsory?

Post-UTME is not required and is a choice. This means that colleges can choose to do either a post-UTME exam or a post-UTME screening. Whether or not they write depends on where they go to school.

What does UTME stand for?

The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination is what UTME stands for.


There is a clear difference between JAMB and Post UTME. To be qualified for screening at the school of your choice, you must meet the cut-off mark set by JAMB. So, it’s also up to you to pass your school’s Post UTME test if you did well on the JAMB exam.

Jamb and waec which one comes first

JAMB is usually written before WAEC. JAMB Exams comes first in May, then WAEC next in June/July. However, You can take Jamb before Waec, but it depends on when Waec or Jamb starts. It doesn’t matter which exam you take first, though, because you can take Jamb before Waec or vice versa.

Can I write Jamb before Waec?

Yes, you can write JAMB before WAEC. It doesn’t really matter which comes first. It’s important to have the two results ready before apply for UTME registration in any school in Nigeria.

Can I get admission on JAMB without WAEC Result

Yes, some schools permits awaiting results, or any other O’Level result aside WAEC. If you have NECO, NABTEB, GCE results, you can gain admission without WAEC Result.

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