Approximately one million candidates write Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) annually. This also indicates the annual population of prospective 100 Level students in Nigerian Universities. Expectedly, the competition is high owing to the limited vacancies available in these institutions. On the other hand, Direct Entry mode is less competitive. The entry requirements for this mode include A/Level Exam, NCE, ND, HND and Bachelor Degrees.
A/Level Examination offers the best of both sides: duration and admission; and IJMB programme has a leading edge.
Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) is the examination body that conducts IJMB Examinations (IJMBE) at both Ordinary and Advanced Levels. The Ordinary Level examination is meant to remedy deficiencies in English Language and Mathematics at the same level in the WAEC, NECO, NABTEB or Cambridge (CIE) results. The Advanced Level examination is equivalent to GCE Advanced Level and Higher School Cerificate, HSC. Students sit for three(3) Advanced Level subjects and on successful completion, proceed to the 2nd year of undergraduate programmes in various universities in the country. The results can also be used to seek admissions in universities abroad.
The Board is administered by the Institute of Education of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. Other members of the board include representatives of various education insitutions such as Joint Admission Matriculation Board; Federal University of Technology, Minna;