This year, students seeking admission into Nigerian
universities, will be judged based on their WASSCE
results and Unified Tertiary Matriculation
Examination (UTME) scores.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu,
abolished post-UTME as a means of admitting
candidates into tertiary institutions in 2016.
Ever since then, Universities will be required to
admit students by screening and awarding marks
to their WASSCE results and JAMB scores.
The breakdown shows that when a candidate
submits his/her O’Level result for screening, five
O’Level subjects relating to his proposed
programme of study will be examined.
Marks will then be awarded based on what he
scored in WASSCE.
Hence, A1 is awarded 8%, B2-7%, B3-6%, C4-5%,
C5-4% and C6-3%. Total marks for anyone with five
A1s is 40 per cent. What this means is that if a
candidate has five ‘A1s’, he has gotten a maximum
40 per cent. A student with five B2s, would score
35 per cent. Five B3s, 30 per cent; five C4s, gets
25 per cent; five C5s, 20 per cent and five C6s
would score just 15 per cent.
Higher institutions have also graded UTME’s scores
into percentages. If a UTME candidate has 180 to
189, he is assumed to have scored 10 per cent. If
he scored between 190 and 199, he gets 20 per
For those who scored between 200 and 209,
they have 30 per cent while someone who scored
between 210 and 219 gets 40 per cent.
scored between 220 and 229, earn 50 per cent and
a student with 230 and above gets the maximum
60 per cent.
All these imply that a candidate with five A1s in
WASSCE who also scored 230 and above in UTME
is certain to be admitted because he has 40 per
cent in WASSCE and 60 per cent in UTME.