It was kudos for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) as over 211,000 candidates sat for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) mock examination nationwide on Monday, February 26, amid hitches in some examination centres.
Some of the candidates who wrote the exams in Lagos yesterday applauded the exam body for conducting a hitch-free mock examination.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), one of the candidates, Opemipo Babajide, disclosed that the experience was worth the while, as it was his first time of participating at such examination.
“Initially, I was not sure of what I was going to see in the hall, but on getting there, I just ensured I followed instructions.
“I discovered that it was really nothing to be afraid of, as everything turned out to be seamless.
“JAMB has done a great job with the introduction of this mock,’’ Babajide said.
Victor Akuwudike, another candidate, said he relished the smooth way the system responded while the examination lasted.
According to Akuwudike, from the launch of his browser through the entire process, it is interesting.
“I really like my experience today with the entire examination process.
“Everything worked for the good of the examination and I want to salute JAMB for all the `behind the scene’ efforts in ensuring the smooth conduct of this mock examination.
“My prayer is for the board not to relent in ensuring a perfect conduct of the main examination come March,’’ Akuwudike said.
NAN, however, reports that some candidates reported late for the mock examination.
Some of the affected candidates missed their schedule, which automatically, disqualified them for the examination.
The candidates claimed they came from far areas, which led to their late arrival at the centre.
An official of JAMB at the centre was seen admonishing the candidates on the danger of getting to examination centres late.
The mock examination, which is optional, is aimed to familiarise candidates with the process and test-run centre equipment (computers, servers and other backups) ahead of the main examination, slated to hold from March 9 to March 17.