So, you scored 200 in your 2021 UTME and you have now decided to give the University of Lagos post-UTME a shot. Well, I want to say congratulations to you in advance because, in about a month from now, we are going to be calling you a UNILAG undergraduate.
But (yes..there is a but), how do you scale through the final lap of your admission journey? You guessed it, a perfect post UTME result.
For many schools, scoring very high in UTME and a good O’level result is a good indication that you will secure admission. Unfortunately, this is not the case with the University of Lagos. Here, in addition to a superb O’level and JAMB result, you must nail your Post UTME. As a matter of fact, the UNILAG Post UTME is the deciding factor for your admission.
If you don’t agree with me, just remember that, unlike the other two, UNILAG does not divide its post UTME result. It divides your UTME score by 8 and gives a numeric value to your O’level results.
So, what exactly is the point of this article?
At this point, everyone reading this post is aware that the UNILAG Post UTME screening is going to be in the form of a CBT (Computer-Based Test). If you aren’t, then you are probably not a prospective candidate, but, you’re welcome to keep reading anyway.
CBT simply means your test will be presented to you on a computer screen, and not on paper. The advent of a CBT has enabled results to be released faster, like in a couple of days, as opposed to paper tests which always took weeks.
But this is not new. What is new, however, is that you can now take your CBT test anywhere, even from the comfort of your homes, thanks to Covid-19 restrictions.
The 2020/2021 post UTME candidates were the first to have a taste of this new and convenient development in early 2021. They didn’t have to be physically present at the University Campus before writing their Post UTME.
What we learnt from the 2020/2021 online Post UTME
“If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before.” — J Loren Norris
Yes, the 2020/2021 candidates have taken this journey before and I would like to share some of their experiences with you.
To take the post UTME, you are going to be needing the following:
- A well-charged laptop with Webcam. The requirement is that the laptop must possess a webcam. This will ensure that your screening exercise is under the supervision of the proctor.
- An earphone. This is needed incase the proctor needs to communicate with you.
- a quiet environment.
- a good internet
I love the take-the-test-anywhere idea of the UNILAG Post UTME, but there is a downside to it. You can easily get disqualified, even if you are not cheating.
The camera is capturing only your face and no other part of your body. Now, imagine your pen accidentally falls to the ground,
The UNILAG Proctor
The Proctor (the test supervisor) is watching every activity from a big screen. He/she keeps an eye (or ear) on the following:
- noise in the background
- shadow movement
- distractions from candidates and so on.
Most times, he doesn’t outright disqualify a candidate except it is absolutely obvious that the candidate is up to something mischievous. He communicates with candidates for various reasons.
A candidate said she was asked to turn her camera sideways so that the Proctor could see her surroundings. He wanted to be sure nobody was assisting her.
Some other candidates stated that they were asked to remove their earphones from their computers and from their ears. It is not clear to me why the Proctor would say this but he is the one in charge, not me.
The Proctor would communicate with you in one of the following ways:
- via your earphone: He may ask you for your name through your earphone.
- through your computer screen: A chat box may appear on your screen with an instruction from him. He may ask you why there is a noise in your background. You have the option to reply him via the same pop up. Close the chat box after your response.
Irrespective of the means of communication, ensure you do as instructed. Some candidates got disqualified because they failed to heed instructions.
How to avoid UNILAG post UTME disqualification
- Begin your test at the scheduled time, don’t delay. If you are taking your test from your home, ensure you set up your computer and other necessary requirement latest 30mins before the time. If you are using a cyber cafe or other ICT centers, be sure you get there 1 hour before the commencement of your test. Candidates get disqualified for starting late.
- Keep your phone far away from you and ensure it is on silence.
- you will likely not be engaged in a conversation by the protor. Incase he does, please follow every instructions promptly.
- Do not open a new tab on your screen. If you do, you may get detected and consequently get disqualified. Resist the temptation to quickly look up answers on google.
- After the test, do not talk to anyone nor stand up from your seat until you have successfully logged out.
Does UNILAG repeat Post UTME Questions?
Unilag has a pool of questions where it randomizes questions for its candidates. The management itself has no idea what questions will be set for each student. It just pulls random questions from its database. So yes, there is the repetition of questions, but it is just luck.
As you’re probably aware, the post UTME screening exercise will commence from Monday 1st November 2021 and will end on Friday 5th of November, 2021.
There will be a total of 40 questions
- 15 English Language Questions
- 15 Mathematics Questions
- 10 General Papers
The UNILAG Post UTME duration is 30mins.
If, for one reason or the other, you don’t submit after finishing your test, don’t panic. The test will be automatically submitted for you.
To study UNILAG post UTME past questions, please click here.
If you are a prospective UNILAG candidate, ensure you always check for updates on the school portal via www.unilag.edu.ng