Computer Based Test (CBT) Exam Guide

Updated - December 31, 2023

This FAQ is meant to help candidates understand what a Computer Based Test (CBT) is and answer common questions related to the CBT administered in Nigeria.

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CBT Exam F.A.Q.

Computer based test is the administration of an examination using a computer. This format is flexible in that the test can be taken at different times and in different locations.

CBT makes for more accurate, precise and fair assessment of the candidates.

  • It can give immediate feedback.
  • It is accurate and offers automated analysis of results.
  • It is fair.
  • It is more secure.
  • It is the global best practice.

CBT centres are examination locations across the country where candidates can take Computer Based Tests (CBT). These centres are equipped with modern infrastructure that would enable the conduct of CBT.

CBT centres are located in all the thirty-six(36) states of the Federation and the FCT.

Yes, the centres are well-equipped for CBT.

A single candidate is assigned to a computer.

Yes, UTME accredited testing centres are available in all the six countries where JAMB conducts its examinations (United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Republic of Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, and Cote ‘De Voire).

Yes. The extensive computerized encryption systems make breaking into the test virtually impossible. Also, test centres make it very difficult for candidates to bring in unauthorized materials.

You are expected to first key in the registration number into the computer and click on “Next”. You are to read and follow the instructions that come up. Now, click on “Start Exam”.

Answers to questions may be entered into the computer in either of two ways. You may key in answers by clicking on the option you believe to be the answer or typing in the letter of the option. Answers are recorded directly into the computer.

Yes. You may review and change your answers after they have been entered into the computer during the examination or after you have attempted to answer all the questions before final submission.

The time will be displayed on the computer screen during the examination.

No. There will be power back-up with alternative power supply and your test will return to the exact place where you stopped. All questions are saved upon answering them.

When you have answered and reviewed all the questions, you would be required to press the S key. Another box will ask you to confirm that you are ready to end the test.
Once you confirm that you want to end by pressing Y, the test will close and you will not be able to regain entry.

That depends on the test being taken. If visuals contribute to the test, they will be shown on the screen with the text of the questions or in a separate window.

Yes, you can practise taking the test during the mock exam.

CBT Without Mouse

There are 9 keys to be used on the keyboard during CBT without using the mouse, the keys are:


You can press A to choose option A, press B to choose option B, press C to choose option C or press D to choose option D.

You can press N to move to the next question or press P to go back to the previous question.

When you are done with the examination, press S to end the exam, a dialogue box will appear asking you to confirm your action then you press Y to finally end the exam.

However, if you mistakenly press S and you are not done with the examination you can press R to return back and continue your examination, but if you press Y instead of R it means your exam is over and you cannot go back to continue.

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