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How Many Marks Does Each Subject Carry in JAMB?

How Many Marks Does Each Subject Carry in JAMB?: The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is the body that conducts the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for candidates seeking admission into various tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The UTME is a computer-based test that consists of four subjects: Use of English and any other three subjects related to the candidate’s chosen course of study.

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How Many Marks Does Each Subject Carry in JAMB?

One of the common questions that candidates ask is how many marks does each subject carry in JAMB? This is important to know because it affects how the candidates prepare for the exam and how their scores are calculated. In this article, we will explain how JAMB marks and grades its exam, and how many marks each subject carries in JAMB.

How JAMB Marks and Grades Its Exam

JAMB does not use any manual marking scheme or guide for its exam. Instead, it uses computers to mark and grade the candidates’ answers. However, these computers have been programmed to follow certain rules and criteria for marking and grading.

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The total score for JAMB is 400, which means that each of the four subjects carries 100 marks. However, the number of questions per subject varies depending on the subject. For example, Use of English has 60 questions, while the other three subjects have 40 questions each. This means that the marks per question are not the same for all subjects.

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To calculate the marks per question for each subject, we can use the following formula:

Marks per question=Total marks for the subjectNumber of questions for the subject\text{Marks per question} = \frac{\text{Total marks for the subject}}{\text{Number of questions for the subject}}

Using this formula, we can calculate the marks per question for each subject as follows:

Use of English: 10060=1.67\frac{100}{60} = 1.67
Other subjects: 10040=2.5\frac{100}{40} = 2.5

This means that each question in Use of English carries 1.67 marks, while each question in the other subjects carries 2.5 marks. However, this is only an approximation, as some questions may carry more or less marks depending on the difficulty and type of the question.

To calculate the total score for each subject, we can use the following formula:

Total score for the subject=Number of correct answers×Marks per question\text{Total score for the subject} = \text{Number of correct answers} \times \text{Marks per question}

Using this formula, we can calculate the total score for each subject by multiplying the number of correct answers by the marks per question. For example, if a candidate correctly answers 50 out of 60 questions in Use of English, the total score for Use of English will be:

50×1.67=83.550 \times 1.67 = 83.5

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Similarly, if a candidate correctly answers 30 out of 40 questions in Mathematics, the total score for Mathematics will be:

30×2.5=7530 \times 2.5 = 75

To calculate the aggregate score for JAMB, we can use the following formula:

Using this formula, we can calculate the aggregate score for JAMB by adding the total score for Use of English and the total score for the other three subjects. For example, if a candidate scores 83.5 in Use of English, 75 in Mathematics, 80 in Physics, and 70 in Chemistry, the aggregate score for JAMB will be:

83.5 + 75 + 80 + 70 = 308.5

This means that the candidate scored 308.5 out of 400 in JAMB.

How JAMB Grades Its Exam

JAMB does not use any grading system for its exam. The candidates’ scores are not graded into A, B, C, D, E, or F. Instead, the candidates’ scores are compared with the cut-off marks for their chosen institutions and courses. The cut-off marks are the minimum scores required for admission into a particular institution or course. The cut-off marks vary from year to year, and from institution to institution, and from course to course.

The candidates who score above or equal to the cut-off marks for their chosen institutions and courses are eligible for admission, while the candidates who score below the cut-off marks are not eligible for admission. However, scoring above or equal to the cut-off marks does not guarantee admission, as there are other factors that may affect the admission process, such as the number of available spaces, the candidates’ O’level results, the candidates’ post-UTME scores, and the candidates’ performance in the screening exercise.

Therefore, candidates are advised to check the cut-off marks for their chosen institutions and courses before applying for JAMB, and to prepare well for the exam and the post-UTME screening. Candidates are also advised to choose their institutions and courses wisely, based on their interests, abilities, and career goals.

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Conclusion

In summary, we have explained how JAMB marks and grades its exam, and how many marks each subject carries in JAMB. We have also shown how to calculate the marks per question, the total score for each subject, the aggregate score for JAMB, and how to compare the scores with the cut-off marks for admission. We hope that this article has been helpful and informative for you. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.

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