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IMSU ICT now JAMB Registering Point, Accredited CBT Centre

Updated on June, 25th, 2015 4,300 candidates sat for JAMB first 100% CBT
...University provided 215 computer systems with over 100 on standby
...two sessions held with 430 candidates

The University (IMSU) has been made a registering point for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), as well as an accredited centre for the Computer Based Test, better known as the CBT E-testing examination, also called Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

To this end, a total of 4,300 candidates drawn from several parts of the country sat for the first 100 per cent computer-based test, otherwise called CBT e-testing at the IMSU Information and Communication Technology (IMSU ICT) centre.

The exercise was conducted with minimal hitches on the first day by JAMB officials allocated to Imo State University, using the IMSU ICT unit as their resource centre. The ICT centre has equally been in-charge of all digital electronic registration in the University.

During each of the 10 days of the e-testing exercise at the IMSU ICT centre, the University provided 215 systems, and another 100 systems placed on standby. A total of 215 candidates sat for each session held twice a day, which brought the total number to 430 candidates.

Meanwhile, the digitalization of the JAMB e-registration online and offline collection of candidates' data was done by the ICT centre in the University between January and February 2015.

The CBT exercise blazed off nationwide from 10 to 21 March, 2015, as JAMB had slated 2015 as the take-off of its CBT examination for all candidates sitting for entrance examinations into tertiary institutions in the country.

This year's pioneering CBT exercise was written by over 1 million candidates across the country, and sat for the examination in more than 400 approved CBT centres nationwide.

To achieve success of the JAMB CBT (e-testing) at IMSU, a JAMB technical team was deployed from Abuja, which installed a satellite dish, which was connected to the IMSU ICT server for the purposes of communicating with the centre, and also for the central server to have access to the necessary information that would be useful in calling up JAMB questions for the CBT (e-testing) examination. The computer terminals are populated with the servers IP address.

The computer system is programmed to recognize data or information kept in a limited space of digital matching pair of tags thereby enabling our network technical officials assigned to perform the technical duties in ensuring a skillful conduct of the CBT (e-testing) examination.

In evaluating the strategies for the CBT (e-testing) examination, the IMSU-ICT network team led by Uche Anozie was commended for doing a good job by installing software, acts as a gateway for the JAMB Pegasus browser.
The installation of software makes it easy to open the Pegasus browser in order to enter the JAMB IP address, to call up JAMB questions for the CBT e-testing. This enabled the team to upload the responses of the candidates to the central server. Following this procedure each JAMB candidate was able to access to the logging window.

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