The sound of CBT(Computer Based Examination) JAMB can instil a certain kind of fear even in a brilliant student’s mind that will cause inaction until the time stipulated for the exam runs out.

It was a lot different when I wrote mine, we were provided with certain types of pencils and answer sheets with checkboxes. We could not rule out wrong answers faintly it had to be bold and clear. This kind of makes me have respect for these young kids who are able to scale this barrier and make high grades.

The fear for any CBT Exam is only natural but the fear should be quickly killed off by getting acquainted with the keys and instructions of this particular test and of course, constant practice with Passnownow should assuage these fears. Also, the fact that you don’t need to be a computer guru to smoothly write this test should be greatly consoling and give you the drive to practice.

This short tutorial intends to give you in-depth instruction on how this test should be handled accompanied by diagrams and examples.

With no further ado, let’s get into it!

Before being allowed into the exam hall, you will be accredited at your testing centre on exam day. After that, the invigilator will direct you to the system you must utilize. You wouldn’t have to turn on the system because it would already be turned on when you arrived.

In the field provided, you will be required to input your JAMB Registration Number. The details you gave during your JAMB registration will be displayed on the next page. As shown in the illustration above. These details could include your name, passport number, and the topics you’ll be writing about. To avoid losing your exam, double-check that all of these details are valid and match your personal information before beginning the exam.

I’ll use the image above to demonstrate what a typical CBT interface looks like, as well as the main aspects you should look for and take note of.

THE TIMER IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURES TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR. The timer is usually located at the top of the screen, as shown in the image above. When you’re almost out of time, the timer will sound an alarm. As you write your exam, it will be counting down. Keep in mind that the JAMB CBT exam now lasts two hours and contains 180 questions.

(1) Subject Navigation – The Subject navigation tab is represented by the feature labelled 1 in the image above. It’s the tab you’ll need to use if you want to jump from one subject to the next. You can begin JAMB CBT with any subject you like. As a result, you do not need to begin with the English Language.

Question’s Options (2) – In the figure above, the feature labelled 2 is referred to as question options. The letters are A, B, C, and D. Following your review of the question, you must choose an option based on which one you believe is correct. A circular indication will display on your option once it has been picked. If you want to make any changes to your response, you can re-select another choice. Once selected, the newly selected choice will be highlighted. NOTE: For each question, you can only choose one answer.

To save time, after picking the best answer to the question, click the NEXT (N)button to move on to the next question until you have completed all of the questions. You are able to

Question’s Navigation (3) – We can refer to the characteristic labelled 3 in the figure above as the question’s navigation. You’ll need to use the question navigation tab to proceed to the NEXT or PREV (previous) question once you’ve chosen your option. In the actual JAMB exam interface, the “Skip this Question” button may not be available.

Subject Map (4) – In the graphic above, the feature labelled 4 is what we might refer to as the question’s navigation. This, as we’ve termed it, displays everything you’ve done or not done in a specific subject. This Subject Map shows all of the buttons for all of the questions in a subject at once, allowing you to jump to any question you want.

to respond at any time The majority of the time, it is colour-coded. As seen in the figure above, the GREEN colour code denotes questions that you have already answered, the GREY colour code denotes questions that are yet to be answered, and the BLUE colour code denotes the question you are presently on. This feature is useful because it displays what you’ve done so far in a given subject at a glance.

(5) Passport – As the name implies, your passport should be attached to this slot.

After you’ve attempted and answered all of the questions, as well as cross-checked each of your subjects using the Subject Map, you can ask an invigilator to help you submit your test. Before leaving your seat, please wait for the invigilator to correctly submit your work.

Instructions on how to use The Eight-Key JAMB Exam Device

In earlier years, JAMB applicants answered JAMB CBT exam questions and navigated through the entire CBT interface using a mouse hooked to the computer systems. JAMB, on the other hand, has developed an “eight key device” that will replace and perform the functions of a mouse. Candidates can utilize the “eight key gadget,” which is similar to a keypad, as a navigation tool and to provide responses to exam questions.

The “eight key device” will be made up of eight letters of the alphabet:

namely: A,B,C,D,P,N,S,R,Y

Answers to the CBT questions should be displayed in the letters A, B, C, and D. So, if the answer to a question is the letter B, all you have to do is tap the letter “B” on the gadget, and it will display on the screen.

Example: if X – 2 + 3X = 10

Solve for X.

A. 6
B. 5
C. 4
D. 3
E. 2

Assuming the answer is B, just tap B on your eight key device, B should be selected as the answer to the question,

Letters P,N,S,R,Y serve other navigational purposes as explained below;

P = Means “Previous Question” (when you tap on the letter P, it takes you to the previous question you have answered or jumped)
N = Means “Next Question” (when you tap on the letter “N” it takes you to the next question )
S = Means “Submit” (Candidates are to tap on this button only when they want to submit their examination. This means you have FINISHED THE EXAM)
R = Means “Reverse” ( If for any reason you wish to go back to the questions after submitting, simply tap on the “R” button to go back).
Y = Means “Yes” (This means you are confirming that you want to submit. Only use this if you are sure you are through and want to submit).

Instructions on how to use The Mouse During JAMB Exam

JAMB may decide to provide you with both the eight key device and a computer mouse. So you need to know how to use them too. If you have ever touched or looked closely at a desktop computer, then you likely know what a mouse is already. It is a handheld pointing device and input device attached to a computer. The major thing you will be doing with the mouse during the JAMB exam is to select your options or answers to questions. That’s no big deal!

You will have to place the mouse on the table to effectively use it.
Learn to hold your mouse comfortably. It is normally held between your thumb and the last two fingers.
There are two buttons – left and right. Any time you press any of these buttons it is called a “click”.
During JAMB exam, you will be using the left button mostly if not all the time. you only need to use the mouse to locate the correct answer to the question asked and click on the radio buttons (the circle beside the options as I showed you under the use of the eight key device) to select your answer.
Use your index finger to click the left button.
There is a wheel in between the buttons that you roll to move up and down the screen – technically this is called ‘scrolling’.
Hope this piece has given you a clear idea of what is expected of you and how to approach the JAMB CBT exam. If you have questions, you can ask using the comment box.

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