Federal University Oye Ekiti Pre-Degree Programme conducted first semester examination for the 193 students that registered for the 2014/2015 session from Thursday 26th to Friday 27th February, 2015. The examination which started with a demo/mock examination on Tuesday Feb 24 was to allow students get acquainted with writing examinations online as obtains at the Pre-Degree Unit in line with JAMBs new procedures.

Administrative Secretary of the unit, Mr. Johnson Adeyemo, revealed that them examination was originally slated for March 12 but Management Board of the unit decided to change the date in line with Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB)s rescheduled UTME examination timetable for this year. The mock exam was also to allow the students have sufficient time to study for the forthcoming JAMB examination. He also added that the second semester would begin immediately after exams. He therefore advised students not to travel as lectures would commence thereafter.

Mr. Adeyemo finally entreated members of staff to bring their wards and relations to the programme as it helps prepare candidates for both the UTME and Post-UTME. He revealed that of the 394 candidates that took part in the pre-degree programme last year, 260 passed the UTME while 180 were admitted into different undergraduate programmes for the 2014/2015 academic session. He stressed that the importance of the Pre-Degree platform in helping to prepare candidates for the undergraduate academic life cannot be over-emphasized.

In a related development, the lkechukwu Iheanacho Information and Communication Technology (IIICT) Centre has expressed its preparedness to conduct the 2015 UTME coming up in next month. Principal Systems Administrator and JAMBs Co-coordinator for the University, Mr. Francis Adekunle Adebayo, revealed that the Centre has the capacity to accommodate 350 candidates, affirming that the centre remains an approved venue for JAMB examination.

Speaking further, Mr. Adebayo reiterated that the 2015 UTME exercise would not have any substitute for the compulsory computer-based test (CBT). This means that the paper-based test (PBT) has finally been phased out by JAMB.

In the CBT method, exam questions are pre-arranged in such a manner that no two candidates have the same series of test items and numbering patterns. The systems administrator expressed confidence that the ICT Centre is ever-ready to aid this year’s conduct of the examination, adding that the Centre has explored the same platform JAMB will be using in conducting its exams exam by subjecting the pre-degree students to a DEMO test. He stated that 150 computer systems are currently being put in use to test-run the DEMO examination exercise.