JAMB Score Standardisation: Reasons Candidates will Score Zero

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Result Score New Standardisation Policy in Public Examinations: See Reasons why JAMB will Score a Candidate Zero (0) in any of their Examinations.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has published the UTME score standardisation in public examination following trolls and comments from individuals and organization on the board score transformation or standardization.

According to JAMB, the transformation of scores as done with public examination has continued to generate public discussion with many commentators taking very misleading paths.

I will want to seize this opportunity to again explain the much-misunderstood concept which has led some people believing that scores are given to candidates even when they answer no question.

Score transformation or standardization is a procedure for transforming candidates’ raw scores in different subjects taken by each candidate to a common scale with uniform metric or units, which is the globally-accepted procedure applied in scoring in a large-scale norm-referenced test

To address the public outcry against what is termed unmerited score, particularly for those who sit the examination but do not attempt any question, the Board has backed the idea of transforming the zero scores of those who attempt the examination questions but get them wrong, while there would be no transformation for those whose zero scores are from lack of attempt or because they were absent.

JAMB Score Standardisation: Reasons Candidates will Score Zero in Public Examinations

  • JAMB has, therefore, introduced the concept of nominal zero score that will be notated as zero asterisked (0*) for candidates who were present but failed to attempt any question. 
  • Candidates who are absent from the examination would continue to be marked absent without any scores.
  • All absentees would be marked absent and would have zero scores.

The position of JAMB is that all candidates who are absent from the examination and those who sat the examination and did not attempt any question would score zero and their zero score would not be transformed.