During Post UTME exercise, one of the numerous questions asked by candidates is often about the status of the Post UTME. If the exercise will be a mere paper or document presentation, checking and screening or an actual examination.

By paper screening, candidates imply that they are to come to the University with their documents, then the university officials will go through their documents and see if they are qualified for the admissions.

This question has been a regular one on a yearly basis with several candidates arguing that because the word “screening” is used, it simply means only documents will be checked and there will be no examinations. Is this really correct?

To set the record straight, Post UTME screening exercises are purely CBT examinations just like Jamb. The use of the word Post UTME “screening” exercise does not take away the fact that it is an examination. In fact, examination is a form of screening where eligible candidates are identified and admitted while low performers are “screened” out.

For the Federal University, Otuoke and Niger Delta University all in Bayelsa State (amongst other institutions), Post UTME examinations are a must. Both institutions write Post UTME examinations. They only screened documents after admissions. This is done during verification after paying acceptance and doing your online clearance.

There are however, instances where both the Federal University, Otuoke and Niger Delta University did not write Post UTME. For example, the Niger Delta University did not write Post UTME in 2015/2016. This was immediately Buhari came into power n 2015 and his government scrapped the use of Post UTME examinations. However, universities soon reverted to the status quo in 2016/2017 academic session when they brought the exercise back.

For the Federal University, Otuoke, Post UTME examinations did not hold in 2021/2022 academic session. This was due to the fact that time was far spent and the university did not have the luxury of time to hold the Post UTME. Additionally, there were other issues like protest which caused a break in the semester again. All these put together made the FUO management do away with Post UTME.

Nevertheless, as a candidate, be prepared for your Post UTME examinations as you are bound to write a CBT exam.

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