THE INFLUENCE OF INSTITUTIONS, DISCIPLINE AND NUMBER OF SITTINGS (TO ATTAIN MINIMUM ENTRY CREDITS) ON THE DEGREE OF PREDICTION OF FIRST YEAR GRADE POINT AVERAGE (FGPA) BY UNIVERSITIES MATRICULATION EXAMINATION (UME)

THE INFLUENCE OF INSTITUTIONS, DISCIPLINE AND NUMBER OF SITTINGS (TO ATTAIN MINIMUM ENTRY CREDITS) ON THE DEGREE OF PREDICTION OF FIRST YEAR GRADE POINT AVERAGE (FGPA) BY UNIVERSITIES MATRICULATION EXAMINATION (UME)

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THE INFLUENCE OF INSTITUTIONS, DISCIPLINE AND NUMBER OF SITTINGS (TO ATTAIN MINIMUM ENTRY CREDITS) ON THE DEGREE OF PREDICTION OF FIRST YEAR GRADE POINT AVERAGE (FGPA) BY UNIVERSITIES MATRICULATION EXAMINATION (UME)

The mandate given to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) empowers it to conduct selection examinations for placement of candidates into all Universities and Degree-awarding institutions in Nigeria. Since the scores of the Universities Matriculation Examination (UME) which the Board conducts annually form the major tool in the admission process, the expectation is that, those who perform well in the UME will invariably perform well in the chosen field of interest in the universities and degree awarding institutions. However, research findings have proved that the prediction of a student’,s performance in first year university education may be influenced by factors such as year of examination, discipline, institution, gender, number of sittings to acquire the minimum entry credits into Nigerian universities and degree awarding institutions. All candidates admitted into Nigerian universities through UME conducted in 1998, 1999, 2000 constituted the population of this study. Hierarchical Multiple Regression Analysis was used. The result of the study shows that the relationship between UME and FGPA varies with the institution, discipline of interest and number of sittings to obtain minimum entry requirements.

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