Monday, 14 November 2011


Registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME 2012, organised by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, for admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria for 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 academic year has commenced online. JAMB UTME scratch card for accessing the e-registration portal for JAMB UTME 2012 is sold for N4,600 at designated banks, NIPOST offices and JAMB offices nationwide. The date for JAMB UTME 2012 Exam has not been made official yet.

JAMB UTME e-registration portal is at To access the JAMB UTME portal for e-registration, you need a scratch card sold for N4,600 at leading banks, Post offices and JAMB offices through out Nigeria. The JAMB UTME Scratch card contains a serial number and your PIN, two vital information you require for your UTME e-registration. UTME 2012 registration will also require a finger print scanner like in 2012.

Returning JAMB UTME 2011 candidates may not require fingerprint scanner, since their fingerprint is already in JAMB's database, but they may need to provide their JAMB 2011 registration numbers.

JAMB has maintained the same process used in 2011 UTME registration for 2012. JAMB UTME 2012 registration, like in 2011, will require a biometric fingerprint scanner. The biometric scanner (finger print reader) will be used to capture the left and right thumbs of the candidates. Candidates are advised to make sure an approved finger print reader is available on the computer they intend using for their JAMB UTME 2012 registration as their finger print (left and right thumb) will be read before they can sign-up for a UTME account, which is the first step in the registration process.

Also like in 2011, JAMB UTME 2012 registration must be done on a computer with the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed. This is because the application that runs the Jamb UTME registration portal is based on Java programming language. Minimum of JRE 1.6 is required. Java JRE can be downloaded free on the internet, if it is not already on your system (about 10MB).

Make sure to read the instructions at the registration website before commencing your registration. The JAMB UTME 2012 Brochure is built-into the portal making it easy to search for details of your Jamb UTME courses of choice. Although, we noticed that the link is not working yet.

Registering for JAMB UTME 2012

Once you buy your JAMB UTME scratch card, the next thing to do is to visit the JAMB UTME 2011 e-registration portal. The UTME 2011 registration portal is at Make sure a finger print reader is available on the computer before commencing registration.

If you are an absolutely new user (i.e. you did not seat for JAMB UTME 2011), look up the serial number and PIN on your JAMB UTME 2012 scratch card and enter them in the appropriate field in the Sign in Module and click the signin button. If validation of your JAMB UTME scratch card PIN and serial number is successful, you will then be required to scan your left and right thumbs. So, make sure an approved biometric fingerprint scanner is connected to the system before commencing registration.

If you registered for JAMB UTME 2011 (last JAMB), you can also add your JAMB UTME 2011 registration number in the UTME 2011 Reg No. (if Available) field and then click the signin button. The JAMB UTME portal will automatically fetch some of your registration details for JAMB UTME 2011, making things easier. It is not clear whether fingerprint scanner will still be required for candidates who sat for last year's JAMB, since their fingerprint is still in the system. So, make sure an approved biometric fingerprint scanner is connected to the system before commencing registration.

The registration page will load for you to commence your JAMB UTME 2012 registration. At this point, you can either logout or continue your registration. If you choose to log-out, you can continue your JAMB UTME 2012 registration by logging in to the portal at anytime. Note that you will be required complete your JAMB UTME registration within 21 days of your first login. Note that subsequent visits to the JAMB UTME portal will no-longer require a fingerprint scanner, but JRE will still be required on the computer.

Before registering for JAMB UTME 2012, make sure you have your information ready. It is advisable to download the JAMB UTME 2011 form template, print a hard copy and fill in, then go online and fill the online UTME registration form. Make sure to go through the online brochure at the portal to be sure you enter the right UTME subjects for your chosen course. You should also have an electronic copy of your passport sized photo ready on your computer or flash drive. An electronic copy of your passport can be made through a scanner. You can also capture directly with a digital camera.

Make sure the photo is recent, clear, and of the right size and not more than 15 kiobyte. Test the validity of your passport using the facility provided in the JAMB UTME portal. If your passport is flagged, re-size it using Microsoft photo editor. Note that the picture must also be in jpeg format.

After completing your UTME 2011 registration form, click on submit to complete the registration. Note that once you click submit, your data will be sent to JAMB and at this point you will no longer be able to edit it. You will then be issued a JAMB UTME registration number and examination number, make sure you memorise this number or at least write it down somewhere. You can print your UTME Slip. The UTME Slip can be printed at anytime, just login to print. You can reprint your registration slip at anytime with your JAMB registration number or scratch card PIN.

Note about the fingerprint scanner

JAMB UTME 2012 registration requires fingerprint scan. Fingerprint derived from the registration process may be used for gaining access to examination hall on examination date. If this the case, prospective candidates for JAMB UTME 2012, should take it very serious. Make sure your left and right thumb fingerprint are carefully scanned to avoid surprises and disappointments on UTME 2012 examination date. Make sure the biometric scanner and your hands are clean when taking the scan. For more updates as it unfolds follow us on Twitter and like our page on Facebook.

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