By Directorate of Foundation Programmes
1.0 BRIEF HISTORY OF IJMBE
The Interim Joint Matriculation Board Examination (IJMBE) is a national examination body approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria and fully certified by Nigeria University Commission (NUC) as an alternative to ‘A’ level Examination, for candidates who may wish to seek for undergraduate admission into Universities both in Nigeria and abroad. The IJMBE programme was envisioned as a stop-gap or bridge after secondary school education, which will prepare candidates academically, mentally and socially for the challenges of University education. The programme runs for a period of twelve (12) calendar months divided into two (2) semesters.
IJMBE is under the control of a Governing Board – the Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) which was established in 1970. The Governing Board has the overall responsibility for taking policy decisions on the conduct of the IJMBE, and affiliating institutions for the purpose of running the IJMBE programme.
The IJMBE examination is based on an approved IJMBE syllabus which was produced by harmonizing the contents of the syllabus of the former Higher School Certificate (HSC), London GCE, Cambridge A – Level examination and the 100 level curriculum of Nigeria Universities. The syllabus is reviewed every five years in line with global changes.
The IJMBE is a qualifying examination conducted annually, mainly for Advanced Level (A/L) subjects for admission to 200 level (Direct Entry) in Nigerian and foreign Universities. Candidates for the examination are presented through affiliated institutions.
The institutions affiliated to the IJMBE programme cut across the different strata of tertiary education in Nigeria. These institutions are private, state and Federal institutions. Currently, there are over seventy (70) institutions including Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma spread across Nigeria affiliated to IJMBE programme.
The annual examination has been conducted consistently since the inception of the IJMBE under the control of IJMB Governing Board. The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has from 1978 been the moderating agency to IJMBE Examinations. JAMB moderates the questions and supervises the marking of the scripts through external moderators it recruits from Universities throughout the country.
2.0 LIST OF IJMBE SUBJECTS AND THEIR COMBINATIONS
2.1 LIST OF IJMBE ADVANCED LEVEL (A/L) SUBJECTS
- Business Management
- Christian Religious Studies (CRS)
2.2 IJMBE SUBJECT COMBINATIONS
Each candidate for the IJMBE programme is expected to offer three (3) combinable subjects at the Advanced Level relevant for pursuance of a University degree on successful completion of the IJMBE programme. These combinations relate to Direct Entry requirements for various programmes of study in the university as specified in the JAMB brochure.
3.0 ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE IJMBE PROGRAMME
Candidates seeking admission into the IJMBE programme must possess a minimum of five (5) credits of O-Level (3 relevant subjects plus Mathematics and English Language) from WAEC, NECO or NABTEB in not more than two (2) sittings.
4.0 ADMISSION TO UNIVERSITIES USING IJMBE RESULTS
Candidates who have successfully completed the IJMBE programme may seek admission into 200 level in Ambrose Alli University or any other Nigerian University via JAMB Direct Entry (DE) form. IJMBE result does not require JAMB UTME/Screening Exercise for admission.
Candidates may also use the IJMBE results, being an Advanced Level qualification similar to Cambridge or London Advanced Level qualifications, to seek admission into foreign Universities.