Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 4:23pm
Wiegers shares story of computer-based testing (CBT) in Nigeria

On a recent visit to CEM, Jan Wiegers of CITO, gave a lecture on one of CITO's collaboration with Nigeria. Wiegers, an executive director from the Netherlands-based company, presented "The Impact of JAMB/CITO Collaboration in the Implementation of CBT in the UTME of Nigeria."

The presentation traces the beginnings of Nigeria's Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) in implementing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) from a paper-and-pencil examination to a large-scale computer-based testing program. Wiegers emphasized the benefits of computer-based testing in terms of simplified logistics, security of test materials, savings in printing of test materials and hiring of testing staff, and faster release of examination results.

After the presentation, the discussion focused on previous and current initiatives of CEM in developing CBT instruments and on future directions that CEM can take with the assistance of CITO.