2023 UTME: JAMB Reschedules Candidates Who Missed Exams to Saturday

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, said it would reschedule candidates who failed to write the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.

The board, in a statement on Monday morning, announced that all candidates, who could not sit the 2023 UTME within their scheduled time owing to no fault of theirs, would be rescheduled to take the examination on Saturday, May 6, 2023.

Candidates under these categories are principally those (i) who were verified at their centres but could not sit the examination (ii) those who could not be biometrically verified, and (iii) those with mismatched data, JAMB said in the statement, released by its spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin.

Recall that JAMB had scheduled the conduct of the 2023 UTME to start on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, and end on Tuesday, May 2, 2023.

It is equally noteworthy that the Board had informed Nigerians that it would be using some novel innovative methods in conducting the exercise to completely arrest incidences of examination infractions.

This has been largely achieved as the exercise recorded the lowest reported cases of infractions but with equally emerging challenges on account of human negligence which led to some candidates not being able to sit the examination on the first day. This notwithstanding, out of the 1,586,765 candidates that indicated an interest in sitting the examination, only 80,166 are now outstanding.

The board noted that” On the first day of the 2023 UTME, a number of candidates in some centres could not sit the examination as well as in some centres in subsequent days due to diverse reasons. Though a reasonable number of them have been rescheduled and have taken the examination, some are yet to take their examination.

As part of the decisions reached at the end of an emergency management meeting held on Sunday, 30th April 2023, the Board has fixed Saturday, 6th May 2023, for all categories of candidates who have not sat their examination, as listed below, to take their examination.

Meanwhile, JAMB disclosed in the statement that the results of candidates who have so far taken the examination will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, April 2, 2023.

However, it said candidates who sat the examination but had challenges without being aware of such, would not see their results but would instead see their notification for rescheduled examination.

Consequently, all candidates who sat the examination are urged to check their results on or before Thursday, 8th May 2023.

JAMB explained the category of candidates scheduled to write the examination on Saturday thus:


These are candidates, who were registered for the 2023 UTME without manifesting any biometric difficulty but who could not be verified on the day of the examination.

These candidates had not previously manifested any fingerprint defect or experienced any biometric challenge during the 2023 UTME registration but could not be verified to sit the examination on their scheduled examination date.

These candidates will be taking their examination in Abuja, under close supervision.


All candidates, who were scheduled to sit the 2023 UTME at the Beautiful Beginning CBT Centre, Apo, Abuja, but missed the examination for whatever reason has been rescheduled to take the examination on Saturday, 6th May 2023.

The rescheduling of all the candidates, who missed the examination is a result of the mistake made in the address of the centre, which had led to some candidates missing their examination.


Also to take the examination along with the unverified candidates on Saturday, 6th May 2023, are those candidates, who had been rescheduled to retake their examination on Thursday, 27th April 2023, but who received their notification late on Thursday night and so missed their examination.

Some of these candidates could not receive the notification because their schools held onto their channels of receiving messages such as their SIM cards, their e-mail addresses, and profile codes.

The Board, in spite of its repeated warnings that its processes are not school-based and would not take responsibility for any of such challenges, is bending over backward to accommodate this set of candidates, who have also been rescheduled to sit the examination on Saturday, 6th May 2023.


Among the candidates, who have not taken their examination, are those whose centres could not carry their full capacity of 250 and, such, had to be batched with some of these centres taking 150 candidates rather than the 250 allotted to them per session. Some of these remaining candidates in the batched sessions have also been rescheduled and have taken the examination but some are yet to do so.


For obvious reasons, some CBT centres mismatched the data of some candidates they registered. This was also made possible by the carelessness of these candidates who could not avail themselves of the Board’s provision of dual screens to monitor the course of their registration.

These categories of candidates could not sit the examination as their mismatched personal details could not be rectified early enough to enable them to sit their examination at their scheduled time.

The process of rectifying their data is ongoing and they will also be scheduled to sit the examination on Saturday, 6th May 2023.


The Board would be releasing the results of candidates, who have taken the examination so far on Tuesday, 2nd May 2023. The Board had delayed the release to ensure that all necessary screening are concluded besides ensuring that the mean and standard deviation are reasonably obtained before releasing these results.

As candidates check their results on Tuesday, 2nd May 2023, those who sat the examination but had challenges without being aware of such, would not see their results but would instead see their notification for rescheduled examination.

Consequently, all candidates who sat the examination are urged to check their results on or before Thursday, 8th May 2023.


All candidates under the categories listed above are required to print their slips on or before Thursday, 4th-5th May 2023, to know the time and venue of their examination.

Candidates are to note that they would be grouped in a central location within their respective States to sit the examination hence the need for them to print their notification slips latest by Thursday, 4th May 2023, to make sufficient arrangements to sit the examination.

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