17 Tips on How to Score High and Pass Post UTME Exam 2021

In this post, I will show you success tips on how to pass your post UTME exam in 2021. Every aspirant desires to score high in post UTME. Beat the cut-off mark and gain admission into the University or Polytechnic. 

Whether you are applying to study at UNN, UI, OAU, FUTA, ABU Zaria, UNIBEN, DELSU, FUTO, e.t.c I assure you that you will find this post helpful.

For many years, I struggled to gain admission into the University. My problem at that time was low JAMB score. Even when I managed to get something reasonable, post-UTME became the stumbling block.

No, doubt, many students get impressive scores in their JAMB result. Unfortunately, some end up with low scores in their Post UTME. Sadly, they don’t gain admission despite their high JAMB score.

The cause is that many Nigerian students relax after getting high JAMB. They believe that their admission is a sure bet because of their 250 and above in JAMB exam

Even with a high score in the Joint Admission Matriculation Board exam, you may not get admission.

In the race for admission, you declare your success after you must have seen your name on the admission list. 

That’s the time you can to boast about how you blasted UNILAG, FUTA, UNIBEN, UNIZIK, etc.

Gaining admission into the University or Polytechnic is in two stages.

  1. Get a high JAMB score.
  2. Complement your performance with an outstanding Post UTME result.

Here are tips on how to pass your post UTME exam in flying colours.

Drop, your JAMB score and school of choice to get advice on the score to target in your post UTME. Also, do let me know if you have any question. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

17 Tips On How To Pass Post UTME Exam

Here are the tips on how to score high and pass your post UTME exam.

  1. Understand Post UTME Format
  2. Study Post UTME Syllabus
  3. Develop Effective Study Skills
  4. Create A Good Study Environment
  5. Practice Post UTME Past Questions
  6. Boost Your Confidence in Post UTME Exam
  7. Practice Post UTME Questions Online
  8. Stay Informed On Post UTME News
  9. Register for Your Post UTME
  10. Know Your Exam Date and Venue
  11. Arrive Early to Your Exam Venue
  12. Eat Well Stay Healthy
  13. Overcome Post UTME Anxiety and Stay Calm
  14. Follow Post UTME Rules and Regulations of Post UTME Exam
  15. Learn to Answer Post UTME Questions
  16. Check Your Post UTME Result
  17. Calculate Your Total Score

Understand Post UTME Format

The first step to scoring high and passing your post UTME is to know the exam format of your school of choice. 

Universities and Polytechnics have a different format for the conduction of Post UTME. Some schools may conduct aptitude test while others would request for documents. 

Even for schools that conduct post UTME exams, they have a different format. For example, in UNN, aspirants write their four JAMB subject combination. Universities like DELSU, RSU test students on qualitative & Quantitative reasoning, current affairs.

It is necessary to know the kind of questions you would tackle in the day of your examination. You cannot afford to be ignorant of this knowledge. 

Some students only get to know these format a few weeks to their exam. It usually does not end well for them.

You must know how your school of choice set their questions. It will help you prepare to score high in post UTME.

In case you do not know or understand the post UTME format for your school of choice. Tell me the name of the University and I will tell you the exam format.

Study Post UTME Syllabus

To pass your post UTME, you must study the Post UTME syllabus. Post UTME syllabus is a subject outline that contains a list of topics you must read and understand. 

Inside the syllabus, you will get to know vital areas for the examination questions. For example, you will see statements like students should know this and that in the syllabus.

How to Get Post UTME Syllabus

The post UTME syllabus is JAMB syllabus. Students who would write JAMB subject combination use it for preparations.

For example, if you are applying for Nursing Sciences in UNN. Your Post UTME subject combination is Use of English, Biology, Physics and Chemistry. All you have to do is to study JAMB syllabus on these topics for your exam.

A school that conducts screening base on JAMB subject combination uses JAMB syllabus.

JAMB syllabus is unused by schools that conduct a quantitative or qualitative test. In this case, you would have to get past questions to know how the exact exam format.

The best way to get post UTME syllabus is to interact with students and aspirant of your school of choice. Students in your school of choice would be able to tell you what to expect in the Post UTME exam.

Also, as you interact with other aspirants, you would know if you are studying in line with the school’s Post UTME syllabus.

Develop Effective Study Skills

Developing a potent study skill is necessary for you to pass your post UTME. Without a good study plan, you would not be able to score high in your examination. 

A productive study strategy entails identifying what works best for you. You must know the best time for you to study. It could be that you comprehend faster at night or early hours of the day.

Never make the mistake of planning your study based on the opinions of your friends. Find out what works best for you and stick to it.

Set achievable goals for your study plan. You can decide to study Chemistry on Mondays, Biology on Wednesday so on and so forth.

Planning your study enables you to organize yourself and track your progress. You will wake up every morning with a plan on what to study or achieve for the day.

Here is an important tip you should apply every day as a student. Before you go to bed, make sure you know what you want to study the next day. It gives you a sense of purpose and motivation.

Also, productive study skill trains you on how to study and understand. It is necessary that as you read, you get a proper understanding of the topics. 

There are things you must do or avoid when you are reading for your examination.

How to Develop Effective Study Skills

  • Read every page of your textbook with an understanding.
  • Practice how to recall what you have read at the end of your study session.
  • Test yourself with questions after your study schedule.
  • Check YouTube and Google to understand difficult topics.
  • Discuss with other aspirants on topics in the syllabus.
  • Do not check your WhatsApp or Facebook feed during study hours.
  • Take short breaks every 30-60 minutes.
  • Drink water to stay dehydrated.
  • Do not engage in social interactions during study hours.
  • Eat well before studying. Do not read on an empty stomach.
  • Exercise daily to boost your brain function.

Create A Good Study Environment

Creating a quality study environment is necessary to achieve your study plan. A terrible study environment would hinder you from preparing for your post UTME exams.

A serene study environment serves as a morale booster to help you achieve your study goals.

Here is an example of a serene study environment;

  • Private or public library
  • A serene area in your house
  • University or Polytechnic campus
  • Primary and secondary school classrooms

The above places are examples of a serene study environment. 

Students who live around a campus environment can study in a serene environment. 

Also, on weekends you can go to public secondary schools to study. Better still, you can create a space in your house where you can study without distractions.

Wherever you decide to study outside your house or compound, make sure that the environment is safe and secure.

A piece of advice is to never go to the library or any place else to study with your browsing phone. Leave your android device at home to avoid distractions from social media. 

Go with a torchlight phone to receive important calls.

If you can overcome social media addiction, you’d do well in your post UTME and first-year exam.

Practice Post UTME Past Questions

As you prepare for your post UTME, you must test your capability using past questions. A productive study strategy entails the practice of previous years of exam questions. 

You must get a copy of the post UTME past question for your school of choice. For example, if you applied to study Law at OAU, then you get the past questions for OAU Law aspirants.

As you study the past questions, you would begin to get familiar with the exam format. You will understand the exam format. It will give you a clue on how to enhance your study technique.

Never make the mistake of cramming answers in post UTME past questions. You need to learn how to solve the problems. Even if you come across the same question, you would get confused in the exam hall. 

That is why you hear stories of aspirants lamenting how UNIBEN or AAU did not give them their actual score. What may have happened is that they crammed the past questions booklet and expected to score high. It does not work like that.

Take your time to practice and solve problems in the past questions. You would be able to answer questions in any similar format.

How to Get Post UTME Past Questions

You can get post UTME from your school of choice. You must make inquiries on how to get the past questions booklet. Also, check if there is a Post UTME question app for your school on Playstore. 

School authorities do not compile past questions and answers. It is people who put together the questions from previous years. It is necessary to inquire about the reliable question booklet for your school of choice.

Source for information online concerning pas questions if you do not live close to the University or Polytechnic campus. It is why you must interact with other fellow aspirants on Nairaland or Myschool. There must always be an aspirant who knows vital information about the school.

Also, stay vigilant in order not to fall into the hands of fraudsters. 

Boost Your Confidence in Post UTME Exam

You must have an optimized confidence level for you to pass your post UTME exam once and for all.

Believe in yourself that you can score high and gain admission. Do not think that you are some kind of dullard that cannot pass the post JAMB exam.

No student is a dullard that cannot perform well in an examination. The problem could be that you have not yet identified your strength, weakness and what works best for you.

Develop a positive mindset that you will not fail this year exam. Positive ideology gives you positive energy. You will be able to study harder and beat the cut-off mark.

Boosting your confidence level can also work against you. I mean for people who would allow their success in their JAMB score get into their head. 

A few years ago, the night before my post UTME exam in UNN. I met a Pharmacy aspirant who wrote his exam earlier that day. 

He kept bragging how he had finished UNN. He boasted that he would score nothing less than 350/400. 

I never saw him throughout my first year. He did not get the admission.

The ideal is for you to stay humble despite your JAMB score or grade in WAEC. It is one thing to score high in JAMB and another thing to see your name in the admission list.

As you prepare for your exams, boost your confidence in humility. Let your admission letter speak for you. Do not go about showing off to friends how you have covered a textbook back to back.

Practice Post UTME Questions Online

Practising post UTME questions online is necessary to get familiar with the exam. Except for a very few numbers of schools, post-UTME is now computer-based (CBT). It is why you must learn how to answer CBT questions.

Even if you don’t have a laptop, you can download post UTME apps on Google Playstore for free.

For online aptitude practice test, I always recommend Myschool. They have the best classroom for aspirants. I used Myschool to practice for my JAMB and Post UTME.

I love Myschool because it is a forum for students. You can meet and interact with other aspirants. 

For example, if you think the option provided as correct for a question is wrong. You can comment and state why the answer is incorrect. This way, you improve your capacity to achieve success.

Stay Informed On Post UTME News

A necessary tool that will make you succeed in your post UTME is to be current about your school of choice. Gathering information is as vital as studying.

It is by being up to date you would know when the post UTME form is available or the nature of question for the exam. 

As an aspirant, you must take time to gather as much information as possible. 

Type the name of your school on Google. Read the history and structure of the school on Wikipedia. 

Google Chrome browser makes it easy to get important information. You will always see news about your institution of choice on your browser. 

Also, read up about the course you want to study. 

I must warn you. Sometimes, you get overwhelmed with this information. You begin to fantasize of being a student while you abandon your books. 

The easiest way to get information is to join Facebook groups. Groups created for aspirants and students of your school of choice. For example, UNN aspirants must join My UNN Dreams or UNN News Hub. 

Type the name of the school you are aspiring to gain admission on Facebook. You would see a lot of groups.

Also, I recommend you join my Facebook Group, where I help aspirants in different areas.

Register for Your Post UTME

You cannot pass or score high in post UTME without registering for the exam. It is why you must stay up to date on information about your school of choice.

Many aspirants make mistakes in their registration by inputting the wrong information. It is usually the fault of the computer operator handling their application. 

Go to a trusted computer centre for your registration. Double-check the application before you submit your form on the school portal.

Visit or contact the University ICT to resolve your problem with your application.

Also, ensure you meet the deadline for the screening application. You don’t want to run helter-skelter when the application is not available.

Know Your Exam Date and Venue

Knowing your exam date and the venue plays a vital for you to succeed in your examination. After the end of screening registration, schools would invite students for an aptitude test. If your school of choice does not write post JAMB exam, then you don’t have anything to worry.

  • Check the official school website or Facebook to get vital information. 
  • Know when to print your post UTME slip. The slip contains the date, time and venue for your exam.

Arrive Early to Your Exam Venue

Arriving early at the centre for your exam is mandatory. It helps you to get familiar with the environment to stay calm and relaxed.

Do not make late preparations for your exam. Arriving the campus late can affect your performance.

Except you live close to the school, arrive a day before the exam. In some cases, students would have to embark on such a journey at least two days before the exam like aspirants living in Lagos writing UNN post UTME.

Eat Well Stay Healthy

Staying healthy is vital for your physical and mental health. Take good care of your body and always exercise.

It would shock you to know that exercise helps you to have a retentive memory. Physical activity increases the capacity of your brain.

Eating healthy food will help to maintain your physical health. Do not consume junks like snacks and soft drinks regularly. Eat vegetable and food rich in protein. Also, take a lot of fruits to enhance your body functions.

Overcome Post UTME Anxiety and Stay Calm

Anxiety is a monster inside your head. It could make you fail your exam despite adequate preparations. The feeling of tension would leave you disorganized. 

You will begin to doubt your capability. This state of mind can make you choose the wrong options in your exam. Trust me, I am speaking from experience.

Anxiety may attack you on the day of your examination. You get intimidated by the population of students sitting for the same exam. Worst case scenario you hear only 100 students will get admission into your course. 

You must know that the race for gaining admission is personal. Don’t wish failure for yourself because of the statistics of students. You have to perform well and beat the cut off mark.

On the day of your exam, try to stay calm. Control your breathing and confess you will succeed.

Adhere to the Rules and Regulations of Post UTME Exam

Following the rules for your post UTME examination is the key to passing your screening. Many students fail post JAMB because of failure to adhere to simple instructions.

Listen to all instructions before the start of your examination. Endeavour that you adhere to each of the rules and regulations. Do not try to be cunning.

Learn to Answer Post UTME Questions

Learning how to answer post UTME questions would help you to score high. Get yourself familiarized with past questions to avoid common exam mistakes.

You must never waste time on any question. Skip questions that are difficult for you to answer to save time. Post UTME exams are time-based. That is, you have a limited amount of time to answer the questions.

It is advisable to crosscheck the answers you have chosen. Never be in haste to submit your exam. There is no award for first to finish in the screening examination. Ensure that you exhaust the time given for the exam.

Check Your Post UTME Result

After your exam, post UTME results will be out within 24 hours. Do not be afraid to check your screening result. 

Knowing your post UTME score would help you determine your chances of gaining admission. 

You will score high if you can stick with an effective study strategy I have described above. It is my earnest prayer that your efforts will turn to success.

Calculate Your Total Score

Calculate your total score using your JAMB and post UTME score. Every school has a different formula for calculating the total admission score.

Some schools add JAMB and screening score and divide by two. 

Tell me in the comment session if you don’t know how to calculate the total aggregate score for your school.

Most schools do not allow the use of a calculator during post UTME exam. You must practice how to solve problems without the use of a calculator.

What Is Post UTME Exam

Post UTME exam is a screening examination organized by tertiary institutions in Nigeria. It is a method adopted to select qualified students for admission. 

What Is the Difference Between JAMB and Post UTME Exam

The Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) is a national examination body in Nigeria. The board regulates admission processes in the various tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Students must pass the JAMB exam for consideration for admission. 

Post UTME examination is a screening test organized by tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Universities and Polytechnics test students with exams to determine students suitable for admission. The JAMB and post UTME score determine the eligibility of a student for admission.

Difference Between Screening and Post UTME

There is no difference between screening and post UTME examination. But, in some institutions, screening is an online application without an aptitude test. 

You must note that every school in Nigeria organizes Post UTME screening/registration. But some Universities or Polytechnic do not conduct post UTME examination. Take note of the difference.

What to Read for Post UTME

You must read for your Post UTME examination using JAMB syllabus and textbooks. Do not read outside the subject area for your school of choice. Also, practice past questions to test and identify your weak points.

Books to Read for Post UTME 

Here is the list of books you should read for your post UTME examination.

  • English: A-Z English Textbook by Dele Ashade 
  • Chemistry: Lamlad’s SSCE & UTME Chemistry by F. O. Ayinde and F. O. Asubiojo
  • Physics: Lamlad’s SSCE & UTME Physics by O. Ajaja and H.B. Olaniyi
  • Biology: Explicit Biology by O.J. Olaoye
  • Mathematics: Integrated Mathematics Textbook Afolabi J.R.
  • Government: Comprehensive Government for Senior Secondary Schools
  • Literature: Exam Focus Literature-in-English
  • CRS: Study the Bible with JAMB syllabus
  • Economics: Essential Economics for Senior Secondary Schools
  • Past Questions: School Post UTME Past Questions and Answers 

Post UTME Syllabus

The post UTME syllabus is like JAMB syllabus. Study with JAMB syllabus for conventional subjects like Mathematics, Economics, Biology, etc. 

Ensure that you know the exam format for your first and second school of choice.

How Many Subjects Are Written in Post UTME

You will write four subjects in your post UTME examination. The nature of the exam is different for various tertiary institutions. Some schools test on current affairs, qualitative and quantitative reasoning, etc.

How Many Questions Are There in Post UTME

Post UTME questions is between 50 to 100 exam questions depending on your school of choice. UNN Post UTME questions are 60 while the University of Ibadan is 100 questions. 

The format for post UTME exams is dynamic. Institutions may decide to change their style at any given time.

How to Check My Post UTME Exam Date

You can check the date for your post UTME exam by visiting the school official website portal. For example, if you applied for Law at the University of Calabar. You have to visit the UNICAL website to know the date of your exam.

Best Post UTME CBT Practice App

Here is the list of the best post UTME CBT practice app on Google Playstore;

  • JAMB CBT + WAEC Past Questions by Myschool
  • My UNN Post UTME App by Allschool
  • UNIBEN Post UTME App
  • All JAMB Post UTME Questions & Answers
  • Jamb and Post UTME Questions
  • All Universities Post-U.T.M.E offline
  • UI Post-UTME OFFLINE App
  • LAUTECH Post UTME
  • OAU Post UTME Questions Offline
  • UNILORIN Post UTME App
  • UNIPORT Post UTME Past Quetions
  • PASS.NG (JAMB UTME 2020, Post-JAMB, WAEC, NECO)
  • G-Best DELSU Post UTME Offline
  • UNIZIK Post UTME-Past Questions & Answers (Offline)
  • FUTO Post UTME Past Questions- Offline (Study App)

Best 5 Federal University in Nigeria

Here is the list of best 5 Federal University in Nigeria according to the Times Higher Education;

  • University of Ibadan (UI)
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  • University of Lagos (UNILAG
  • Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)
  • University of Benin (UNIBEN)

Note that the ranking fluctuates every year. Accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC) is the principal factor. 

Best State University in Nigeria

Here is the list of best state University in Nigeria;

  • Lagos State University (LASU)
  • Rivers State University (RSU)
  • Delta State University (DELSU)
  • Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma (AAU)
  • Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU)

How Many Universities in Nigeria

There are 171 Universities in Nigeria according to the National Universities Commission (NUC);

  • 44 Federal Universities
  • 48 State Universities
  • 79 Private Universities

UNIBEN Post UTME Format

The UNIBEN post UTME format is 50 questions for one hour. Applicants of Medicine and Surgery write five subjects. Mathematics, Biology, Use of English, Chemistry and Physics.

You will answer twenty (20) questions in English. Fifteen (15) questions in Biology and five (15) questions for the other subjects.

How Many Subjects Are Written in UI Post UTME

You will write four subjects at the University of Ibadan post UTME examination. The subject combination is the same as that of JAMB. For example, If your JAMB subject combination is Use of English, Chemistry, Physics and Biology. It is the same subject you will take in UI post UTME.

Can I Write Post UTME in Two Schools

You can write post UTME in two schools which include your first and second choice of institution. There are cases where aspirants write post UTME in the school of their first choice. They register for JAMB change of institution. Write the screening exam in another school as a first-choice candidate. 

Whatever you do, make sure you don’t violate JAMB guidelines.

Difference Between Polytechnic and University in Nigeria

Polytechnic and University in Nigeria are different academic awarding institutions. Polytechnic awards both the National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND( certificate. Universities in Nigeria award Diploma, BSc, MSc, and PhD certificates.

University is the best because they offer programs in postgraduate studies. The apex of a certificate awarding institution.

Difference Between HND and BSc

Polytechnics in Nigeria award HND after the completion of a four-year academic program. After two school sessions, Polytechnic students earn an ND result. They go for a one-year industrial training programme. 

After the addition of two academic sessions, ND holders get an HND certificate. HND holders in Nigeria are eligible to go for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

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2 thoughts on “17 Tips on How to Score High and Pass Post UTME Exam 2021”

    • You can calculate your UNN aggregate score by multiplying your JAMB score by 0.6.

      Then, multiply your Post UTME score by 0.4.

      Add both figures to get your aggregate score.

      Note that UNN may decide to use a different formula for this year Post UTME like a 50:50 ratio.

      The good thing is that when you print your Post UTME result, you would see your JAMB, Post UTME and Aggregate score. No need to do the calculation yourself.

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