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Sunday, 14 March 2021


 Advice for OAU Post-UTME Candidates Taking the Online Test

They say change is inevitable, and that even if we don’t try to change things, things will sooner or later change by themselves. Same thing can be said of the sudden change in the mode of writing Post-UTME in OAU; not that it’s really strange, at least we have moved from not writing any other test after passing the JAMB’s exam to writing Post-UTME using pen and paper, then to not writing any test but only use the O/Level results and the UTME scores to define who gets and who does not get admitted, to taking the Post-UTME on computer, and now to taking the test over the internet, so this is not that sudden. But no one would think that would happen this year or even so soon, but because situations help us change things even when we don’t want to change them, here we are now preparing for the OAU Post-UTME test to be taken over the internet, and that’s scary. Scary because just anything… anything at all can happen to make the person who had gotten a lot of A’s and B’s in their O/Level results and a very high score in their UTME end up not getting admitted.

Out of a lot of things that could happen while taking an e-test are computer glitches, software malfunctions, internet issues, and so on. When the tests were done on the computer with no internet, I saw a case of the computer shutting down automatically while the time of the test was still counting down. I saw when the computer kept hanging for several minutes while the candidates couldn’t shutdown and restart so as to not lose their test time. Power surge had made somebody’s test submit automatically while they were still writing the test. I’ve also heard of someone who answered and submitted all their questions, but when the results came out, it says the candidate only answered 5 of 40 questions. A lot of cases like these are there to prove that the computer can screw anything up sometimes. Even now that OAU is just for the first time trying to conduct an e-test, this makes it even more likely for something to go wrong. But how do you avoid being unfortunate with your computer and your internet while you are still on your test? I have an idea.

1.      Use a standard ICT center, preferably the ones that have been conducting e-Tests before or do JAMB registration for candidates. Don’t use a cyber cafĂ©; they probably have computers with low RAM and viruses, which would both make the system slow and likely to malfunction. They also probably have bad internet that could make you lose time. So find an ICT center with good computers and webcams and internet service. If you are in Ife or anywhere surrounding Ife, advisably, go to one of OAU’s ICT centers on the Ife campus or at the CDL center in Moro; you are most likely to have everything better there than anywhere else. Just have #1,000 with you to pay to them.


2.      Be technical with your online activities while writing the test; don’t start writing the test lest the software is done loading. Any data inputted on the software while it’s loading may still be appearing after the software is done loading, but it wouldn’t be read by the database selector, only the ones you inputted after the software is done loading would be read by the database selector. This is always the cause of half submission; when candidate answers 40 questions but the computer says they answered 5 or so. The 5 or so are the ones they answered after the software was done loading.


3.      No matter what you are doing, don’t be caught up with the computer having to time you out by itself, make sure you have one or two minutes to go through your answered questions again, to make sure everything you answered are still there. Make sure you do this before finally submitting.


4.      If anything strange happens while writing your exam, call the supervisor’s attention to it immediately instead of battling with it yourself. The chances are they have seen that problem before and they have the solution to it.


I wish you the best of success in the test.

Sunday, 28 February 2021


Bad Transcripts Services and Delayed Postgraduate Programmes in OAU: What Can the Law Do

Sometime in 2017 or 2018, a colleague running her postgraduate programme at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) told me a story about how the PG students of the school dragged the school to court over delaying their programme beyond the duration stated for the programme by the school, just because the PG school was going through a thing or two in the management. According to her story, the court favoured the students and made the school pay them millions of Naira. She concluded that that was the end of delayed programmes at the UNILORIN PG school, and at the whole school entirely. That’s just the coolest story I ever heard, and I'm here right now remembering the story and thinking of how OAU students and alumni could do something like this too to tackle OAU for making getting their transcripts a journey through hell (if they would get it at all), and for making the PG students have to go through unnecessary bureaucratic things that would make them have to spend time doing their PG programme beyond how long it’s stated for them to finish their programme. OAU needs to be tackled!

I don’t know if the PG students and the alumni body would win the case if they charged OAU to court for bad transcripts services and for delayed PG programme, but I know they do have a case to present to the law if they want to. Even if after the court they lose, a message would still be passed to OAU that they are not unpunishable for all the bad things they do and let happen about the transcripts and the PG programmes. But the problem is, the PG students—because they mostly are mature people busy with life and the awful Nigerian economy, they just have to ignore problems like the ones OAU gives them, because who wants to waste their time and other resources fighting for what would only benefit them once or never, while others in the future would be the ones to really enjoy the benefit? Also, the alumni body, there is a lot of things wrong with it that would make it not want to tackle the wrong doings of OAU about transcripts; the body is politicized, classified (by economic successes), and the ones active in it are either friends of the school management or puppets of it. So a lawsuit from either of the PG students and the alumni body of OAU is what we should not be expecting at all; even though it could be the solution to the problems.

The individual alumnus too, even if they cannot individually sue OAU, at least they should stand on solidarity enough that a good portion of them would do something to cause a ripple in the issue of OAU’s bad transcripts service. But then, after any of them had gone through the hell of getting their transcripts and came out, they forget about it and move on. So there can't be a solid force formed to raise the issue of bad transcripts service in OAU and make it popular enough to attract the big attentions it needs. So right now, unless OAU gradually develops into having a better way of making things better for the alumni on getting their transcripts, and for the PG students on finishing their programme right on time, there seem to be no hope for a better change. I can only send love and light to every OAU alumnus and every OAU PG students going through the hell of getting their transcripts and the hell of eventually finishing their programme in OAU; I hope you win somehow.

Tuesday, 16 February 2021


Advice for 2020/2021 OAU UTME and DE Admission Aspirants

Let me start by creating a scenario for you as a candidate waiting to participate in the 2020/2021 admission processes in OAU; JAMB will soon start selling the UTME and DE form for the 2021/2022 admission session, which means by latest April 2021, the registration for the matriculation exams would have been closed, and probably, the exam would have been written by the end of May latest. By this time, the aspirants who are just about to write their OAU Post-UTME/DE in February and March would still be waiting for OAU to offer them admission or deny them of same. Now, my question—which is a little pessimistic but not impossible—is that, what if something happens somehow, and such aspirant who has been waiting on OAU to offer them an admission ends up being denied of the admission, what effects would that have on such candidate and how possibly could one avoid being a victim of such effect?

See, people don’t like to accept this scenario every time I create it, but the people who dare to take my advice always come back to say thank you—whether they eventually got admitted or not. When OAU delays admission like this, and JAMB is about to start selling another UTME/DE forms, I always advice aspirants who are waiting to be considered for admission with a previous UTME/DE to go register for another one. This doesn’t mean I do not think the aspirants would be admitted, but because I believe anything… just anything can happen and the aspirants would either not get admitted or they would be given a course they don’t want to do ever. If this happens, it would be such aspirants would have to wait for what would look like one year—but it’s almost two years—to be able to register for another UTME/DE, since they didn’t register for another UTME/DE the year they were expecting OAU to consider them for admission and OAU was delaying about the admission processes till JAMB closes the registration for that year.

This advice is not lovely, because no one likes to think the unwanted could happen. Also, where is the money we have to waste on registering for a UTME/DE we might end up not needing in case the aspirant was offered admission with the UTME/DE they did previously. This is very reasonable, money shouldn’t be wasted like that, but let’s say an aspirant for the 20/21 admission obtains another UTME/DE for the 21/22 admission session just to be on the safer side incase that one of 20/21 fails unfortunately, and around 15,000 Naira was spent in the whole processes of registering for the exam and the writing of the exam, then the aspirant eventually gets admitted with the 20/21 exam, would the 15,000 spent on the 21/22 exam be a total waste, considering that if the aspirant didn’t get admitted with the 20/21 exam, they would already start looking forward to what the 21/22 exam they wrote would have to offer them, instead of having to wait till JAMB sells UTME/DE forms again in 22/23 admission session before they can have any hope of getting admitted again? My answer is: losing over one academic year, and losing 15,000 Naira aren’t the same at all. No  matter how much time a student has at hand, one year plus is too much a time to lose; you can't retrieve a lost one year plus with 15,000 Naira, but you can recover a lost 15,000 Naira in lesser than one year plus.

My argument is, if you have not scored so high in the 20/21 admission screenings for you to be so sure you would be admitted and to the course you would take, it’s just safer for you to have a Plan B by obtaining another form in the 21/22 admission session, so that should anything unwanted happens with the 20/21 admission, you wouldn’t have to wait till 22/23 admission session to be able to participate in an admission process again. Please, yield this counsel and obtain another form when JAMB starts selling the form for the 21/22 session. I say this because I’ve been in the admission business for a while now, and I know anything can happen—even when you’ve got all the marks and connections assuring you of the admission. Look forward to getting the best, but be prepared for the worst.

Monday, 8 February 2021

Marathon Coaching for OAU Health Sciences Aspirants (TAGS: NAIRALAND, OAU, ASPIRANTS, UME, UTME, GOOGLE, IFE)

Marathon Coaching for OAU Health Sciences Aspirants

Pathfinders Edu. Consultancy has come in collaboration with A-Class Tutors (the best tutorial team on OAU campus) again, to organize yet another marathon coaching for OAU JAMBITES aspiring for courses in the College of Health Sciences, OAU. It was a great success last session, and over 86% of the candidates who attended the classes scored above 35 (over 40) in their Post-UTME. 54% out of the said 86% scored either 38 or 37 (over 40) in their Post-UTME, and that was the first time we organized such coaching. This session, we are applying even more factors that would help us increase the figures of our successes.

The marathon coaching will run from 9am-5pm every day for 10 days starting from 15th of February to 25th of February, 2021 (except 20th of February which falls on a Sunday). Students would be allowed two breaks in between the three sessions we will be having every of the days. Coffee and snacks would be served by the management of the coaching during one of the breaks every day. Students are expected to pay #5,000 for the 10 classes, or pay #600 every day for the number of days they want to attend the coaching.

Because we must observe social distancing at the gathering, we will only be able to admit 100 students this time, as the venue we could get is a 200-sitter class, and only half of its original capacity can be filled with people. Also, we require every student to wear their mask every day to class. We have no access to the hostels at this time (due to COVID-19), so we are sorry we cannot provide accommodation for students who will be coming from outside of Ife to join the coaching. If you have somebody you can stay with in Ife for this period of time, you can still join us for the coaching. With this programme, you can only pass the Post-UTME excellently. Call 08139534187 to book your space.

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

The OAU’s Online Classes: How it Could Affect Students’ Grades

The OAU’s Online Classes: How it Could Affect Students’ Grades

Having to not have well-organized and well-delivered lectures is not a new thing to OAU students—I must firstly state this, as OAU lecturers are mostly known for not really knowing how to lecture, but they are experts at setting exam questions, and also evilly at marking the answers. But this bad sides of the lecturers—instead of telling badly on the performances of the students—has in fact ended up being what makes them even the best students around, as the students have mostly cultivated the culture of never expecting a full body from the lecturers but bones, and having to flesh up the bones given to them and adding other things needed to the body to make it come to life, and they have passed this culture on, from generation to generation. It is even safe to say OAU students are their own lecturers; they only go to classes to meet with the pseudo-lecturers who they have to get what to study on from. So, even if there would be no lectures at all, all that most OAU students need to pass their exams is to be given what to study on and the materials to study, most of them would still pass any exam on such area of concentration given. But now that the school is taking lectures online too, and unfortunately the school and most of her lecturers are digitally backwards people, and also, most of the students have never experienced any kind of online education before, would this pose any problem? Would it tell on the grades of the students? Well, yes and yes.

I do not mean to be disrespectful, but I know very well that most of the school’s lecturers cannot impart the students online. No, it’s not because the students would not be organized; OAU students respect and fear their lecturers, so they would always be organized—online or offline, but the fact that the person meant to be in charge of the class and also help to in making learning happen does not even really know how to do that in physical classes, to talk less of the virtual classes. This would make so many lectures have no impact by the end of them. Again, that the online classes (as I’ve heard) would be over a chat, and not through video meetings, is scary. This would affect especially the freshmen who have never written an undergraduate exam or test in OAU before and still like to think OAU’s undergraduate exams are like the Post-UTME; this is going to cause a great mental shock when they realize it’s not like that at all. More so, the lecturers would surely still not go easy with the cunningness in setting questions, and their evilness in marking the answers.

The effects this would have on the freshmen would not even be up to the ones it would have on the 200 Level students who would be writing their first real OAU exams at this level. Everyone knows the second year in OAU is when you begin to write a lot of essay exams, and for the 200 Level students who have not written any essay exam since after their SSCE; this is never easy on any 2nd year student—even when the lectures were physical. Now that the lectures are going to be over chats (allegedly), it’s surely going to affect their understanding of expressive exams in OAU. However, all these could just turnaround and actually get to work for the good of all of the students, and even get them the best of grades. But sincerely, I doubt this, and if I were you, I would work twice harder than I would if the lectures were physical.

Monday, 25 January 2021

Implication of the Canceled 2020/2021 Session on OAU JAMBites (TAGS: NAIRALAND, OAU, POST-UTME, UTME, CUTOFF, POSTJAMB, GOOGLE, ADMISSION)

Implication of the Canceled 2020/2021 Session on OAU JAMBites

Since the higher institutions started releasing information on their cancellation of a session and when OAU eventually joined the league of schools canceling the 2020/2021 academic session, different news and assumptions have been flying around everywhere on the internet about that; which are mostly true. But sometimes, what is true still needs to be explained better or emphasized more to have greater effects, and the explanation is what I'm about to do. Please pay the best attention to this if you are a JAMBite or a ward of one.

It should be clear to everyone that because schools are canceling the 2020/2021 session doesn’t mean the schools would not continue on processing the admissions of the admission seekers who wrote the 2020/2021 session UTME in 2020 or have already even done their Post-UTME screening or applied for it; these people’s admission processes would continue, only that—if admitted—they would not be resuming school in their own session, which was supposed to be the 2020/2021, as the session as been canceled due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the several months of ASUU strike.

Also, that doesn’t mean the people who would be writing the 2021/2022 UTME this year 2021 would not be admitted by these schools that have canceled the 2020/2021 session and would still be admitting the candidates who wrote their UTME in 2020, it only means that most of these schools—if not all—would merge the two groups of JAMBites together in one session which would be the 2021/2022 session. This means the people who wrote their UTME in 2020 and the people who will write theirs in 2021 would be admitted together in one session, which would be the 2021/2022 session, since the 2020/2021 session has been canceled. So knowing this, what’s going to be the implication of this on the JAMBites seeking admission to the schools that would be merging two sessions of JAMBites together?

Right now, you should be thinking of more candidates to admit from, while the schools would still not want to go too higher than their admission quota. For instance, in the last ten years, OAU has admitted students per session based on these figures: 5,500, 6,000, 7,500, and when they went on to admit around 11,000 some 3 or 4 years ago from around 150,000 applicants who wrote and passed the Post-UTME, they were sanctioned by NUC for that. So let’s say OAU wants to admit a lot of candidates from the JAMBites of 2020/2021 and the JAMBites of 2021/2022 that would now be merged together for one admission session, that would be at least 250,000 applicants. How many of these people would OAU be able to offer admission to? 15,000? 20,000? Whatever figure you’re assuming, just know that would mean tougher screening processes, higher cutoff marks, connections, and all that I can't talk about on the internet; that admission is going to be for the strong only, so I wish you the best of luck as you try to get your own rare spot.

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

OAU’s Transcripts Problems: What the Alumni Body Should Do (TAGS: NAIRALAND, GOOGLE, OAU, TRANSCRIPTS, ETX, IFE, WES, IQAS, ICES)

 OAU’s Transcripts Problems: What the Alumni Body Should Do

One of the biggest problems alumni of any school in Nigeria currently face is trying to get their transcripts from their school they graduated from. If you are a graduate and you have not had to lose an advance admission, an opportunity to travel abroad or a delayed promotion at work because your employer is waiting for you to provide your transcripts, it most probably means you’ve not started using your education at the places where you should be using it. Because if you have, you would have been asked to provide your transcripts at some point, and your school would have shown you how problematic they are when it comes to issuing transcripts to people. And with all these I have said about the problems you would encounter to get your transcripts, I have not even slimmed it down to the levels of OAU, and trust me on this, when it comes to OAU, every normal problem becomes even stronger. Since OAU handed the transcripts processes to the private digital company called ETX, instead of the processes getting better and easier, it gets even worse day after day. Go on any social media platform and read about how OAU alumni lament about their sufferings on getting their transcripts, you wouldn’t believe OAU—one of the earliest universities in Nigeria, with the title “leading in ICT” attached to her name—would still be having such problems in this century where everything is swift, easier, and you don’t have to be present to make all these happen.

The transcripts problems in OAU are undeniable, they are there, and it never looks like they would go at one point soon, and I think the reason for this is because the alumni body is either not really in existence, or it exists but it’s corrupt, or—the most likely one—it’s not functional for the unpopular and not-so-rich members of the body—which are the majority of the members of the body. This leads me to believing the OAU alumni body, even though they are not the cause of the transcripts problems in OAU, let it keep happening. I don’t know the law like that, but the much I know about associational rights, I believe the alumni body can sue OAU for a lot of things happening about getting a transcript from OAU, which ranges from monetary exploitation and the bad services to not delivering the transcripts when it’s needed or not delivering it at all. Maybe the alumni body doesn’t know they have the right to sue the school for all these or they just don’t want to, because the powerful members of the body are always friends of the management, It just has to be something like that.

Even though the alumni body does not want to sue OAU for all the corruption happening about getting your transcripts from OAU, they should at least be able to ask that graduates should be given an unofficial copy of their transcripts at their convocation, it’s what any school in the world does; you collect a roll at your convocation and in that roll there is your transcript. If OAU could do this at convocations, it would solve at least 80% of the problems the alumni would have to face when they eventually need their transcripts—official or unofficial. You wouldn’t even have to need an unofficial copy again as the one you would have collected at your convocation would suffice for anything you want to use an unofficial transcript for. Plus, the fact that you have your unofficial transcripts as early as you graduated would curb the problems of the loss of results people have to face when the school’s results database crashes again—which is always crashing, and the department can't find the results in papers anymore. This always means that any alumnus in such situation is never getting a transcript from the school no matter how hard they try. Whereas this problem can be solved by giving the graduates a copy of their transcripts at convocation, so that in the case of loss of results, the person can always provide the unofficial transcripts they have with them for the school to verify and be able to have their results on the database again. But it is what it is, the OAU alumni body doesn’t even act like they are concerned about the bad record of the school on issuing transcripts to their graduates, and this is really shameful.

Monday, 4 January 2021

When is OAU Resuming?

When is OAU Resuming?

It’s almost one year now since OAU has been closed against all academic activities, primarily because of the COVID-19 pandemic and secondarily because of the 9 months ASUU strike that eventually got suspended last December. Amidst all that is a lot of other internal instabilities with NASU and SANNU striking back to back; the former stopped every other activities that aren’t academics from happening. Good to know all the unions have suspended their strikes now, and they are ready for work as soon as the Christmas and New Year holidays are over, which is two weeks counting from December 24th, 2020 and would be ending on 7th of January, 2021. So the new year’s staffs fellowship would be on Friday, 8th of January, 2021, and work would begin properly the following Monday. That is that about nonacademic activities, but when can we be expecting OAU to declare a resumption date for academic activities? This is the question everyone is asking now, and this is not a question to have an answer to without considering a lot of factors that have the greatest power in defining when OAU would be ready for academic activities.

ASUU strike suspended, yes, and the lecturers are ready to work, but as things are looking in the management of OAU and the university environment as at today, it does not look like OAU will resume academic activities in the next two or three weeks. So they should chill everyone thinking since all strikes have been suspended and the people don’t really care about the pandemic anymore, OAU should be able to resume lectures in the first or second week of January of the new year; things are currently not looking in favour of that thought. Apart from the fact that the governments at the center and at the regions are yet to really understand how they want to manage academic activities with COVID-19 still very much in town and the vaccines not available to the country yet, and they don’t want to declare academic activities opened yet, the management of OAU on their own are yet to figure out how to keep the academic activities going even in the midst of all these. OAU has always been a digitally backwards university (forget that “Leading in ICT” thing OAU says about herself, it’s a big lie), so for this, the digitally-enhanced academic activities can't happen in OAU anytime soon to make resumption of academic activities happen this early January; not even when the lecturers have been on strike for long and no preparation has been made priory for the introduction of digitally-enhanced academic activities.

Another thing that OAU would need before calling the students back to school is the fumigation and the rearrangement of the halls of residence, even if they would not really mean to work by the precautions against COVID-19, they would at least want to pretend like they do; they would want to change a lot of things about how the students staying in the hostels live together. Also, they would want to do a lot of things about the lecture theaters that would depict that they are adhering to the precautions against COVID-19. None of these have been done yet, in fact nothing visible has been done about any of these. It is also good to think it is possible for the departments to not want to encourage hundreds of people having to receive lectures together in a small theater, so most of the popular courses might need to have a review of how many lecturers would take them and how many people can be in each class. All these would take the departments several departmental meetings to prepare. So with all these, returning students should just stop looking forward to resuming academic activities this early January, because the nearest that can happen is going to be late January. However, the post-UTME candidates should be prepared to be called upon for their screening very soon. Also, on this, anything can still happen, the school might still say no need to write an exam for the screening, they would just go ahead and screen applicants using just their O/Level results and the UTME results; it has happened before, and it can happen again. But whatever the case may be for the returning students and the JAMBites, let’s all just keep believing things would get better with OAU this year, as everyone is already having the urge to get back to work.

Thursday, 5 November 2020


Your School is the Problem not ETX

Regardless of what school, everyone who has requested for their transcripts before, using ETX, has something really bad they experienced in that process. You should know you requesting your transcripts on ETX is either because your school makes that the only option, or you just believe in electronic services so much that you go for ETX instead of having to go to your school in person just because of how far or how busy you are (which by the way is a big lie, you will still need to appear in person or have somebody do that for you after you have requested for your transcripts online). Go to the internet, no one has something god to say about ETX when it comes to transcripts. But why is ETX the company having to face the wrath of the alumni who want their transcripts from their school instead of the school having to answer to their alumni? Let me give you this inside story.

ETX does not have any function in getting your transcripts ready; that’s absolutely the function of your school. ETX only takes transcript orders, report them to the office of your school that is in charge of records that have to do with transcripts (i.e. Exams and Records), the Exams and Records (in the ideal sense of it) fetches for your results from their records you have with your school (maybe on the online database or from the papers), furnish a transcript for you with them, authorize the transcript, and then hand it to ETX to send to when you need the transcripts. Can you see how totally uninvolved ETX is about your transcripts? But because ETX is the company you made the transcripts request through and they are the one you paid to, they happen to be the one to face the music of anger you will end up singing when your transcripts refuse to get delivered; which I believe is why ETX itself has to go bad on how they communicate with their customers, because how can you communicate with people you collected money from for something they need which they are not getting and you are not the one to provide it? No way you would have the best information to give on such thing, and this must be why ETX doesn’t get to communicate well with their customers. But apart from this, you cannot have ETX to blame for all the good opportunities your delayed transcript made you lose; the fault is your school’s. Your school has a backward system of keeping records, your school has staffs that don’t understand the importance of your transcripts (well, you didn’t know the importance too until you badly need it, so...), more so, your school uses ETX to shield you from having to find out that they are the one playing with your life with their bad recording system (though ETX makes their money—in fact too much exploitive money—from being the pawn too, but let’s leave the story of how ETX exploits their customers for another day).

Apart from the fact that I think the Nigerian schools are really bad with records keeping and that affects their alumni too much when it comes down to needing their transcripts, when this is related to OAU, I believe the OAU alumni body is totally not concerned about this problem, and that is because everyone there are people who have been there since the days of glory, I do not think there are new set of alumni active in the body, because if there are, they would have brought it forward in the association how the school is messing with people’s life because of their transcripts, and the association would have done something like probing the school. If OAU is not sued a couple of times and they have to lose millions of money to settle the plaintiffs, the school will not take record keeping seriously as it should be taken in 2020. So while I charge you to not shut up about how OAU makes you lose good opportunities because of your transcripts, I will also advise you—especially if you just newly graduated from OAU—to request for your transcripts immediately (far before you need them), as it is possible your department and the Exams and Records have not lost your results yet. Anytime farther from when you graduated, you just might have a lot of troubles getting your transcripts from OAU, or might even not get it at all while you keep waiting for years for something to happen for you.

Tuesday, 3 November 2020


 Bettering your Post-UTME Preparation

They say preparation is the key to winning right, yes that’s what I believe too. But to take it farther than that, I also believe the proper preparation is the master key; the master key that cannot afford to not work. You can prepare and still prepare astray and not end up winning, but when your preparation is proper is when your chances of winning get really close to 100%. Now, as a candidate of OAU Post-UTME, how do you prepare properly to enable your win? I’ve been a tutor for almost a decade now, so be sure I’ve got a lot to share from experience, so let’s do it.

Do not let anyone tell you it’s impossible to score 20/20 in the Post-UTME test, because believe me, you can, and I say this because I have seen such score a few times; it’s hard, but not impossible. So if you are still very shaky about how your O/Level points and your UTME points added together have been low, I need you to believe you can still build your aggregate points with your Post-UTME score. But how do you make that happen? Get this first, it is very important you get yourself to a tutorial center with experienced tutors. There is nothing they will teach you at the tutorial center that you are not capable of figuring out on your own, yes, but you cannot figure experience out on your own, lest it would be too late for when you need the lessons, and that would be you having to learn from your own mistakes; which is never that good. So join a tutorial center to learn from the tutors’ experiences; it increases your chances of performing great in the test. Besides, there is how group preparation helps you put your preparation in perspectives.

Secondly, studying the OAU Post-UTME past questions is good, but here are the mistakes you should never make doing that: (1). don’t believe OAU would repeat any one of those questions, just see the questions as the pointer to what OAU Post-UTME test questions look like. (2). Don’t believe the answers behind the past questions are absolutely correct (especially when the questions and answers aren’t statistical), believing the answers on the past questions are the absolutely right answers would get you to not open your eyes to the mistakes OAU likes you to make in the Post-UTME test. Besides, for all you know, there might be something you know very well that the authors of the answers on the past questions are yet to know. So despite the answers they give, you still have to really work your solutions out your way and know how they got the answers and why they chose a particular option. (3). The past question is supposed to be your study guide not your textbook; you’re supposed to get from it what direction should your studying go, it should not be what you study lonely. So get you some textbooks and use them in line with the past questions. It works better that way.

Lastly, don’t read wide! Don’t do it! Don’t go and be reading some long essays on your subjects, you do not need that, that’s going to waste your time. Your studying should be about points not about analysis; you are going to be tested majorly on remembrance, speed and accuracy, which means the questions you will be answering will mostly be about what you know, but the aim is to test how fast you can provide what you know rightly. So reading wide will not help you on this as the more you read is always and almost the more you forget or can't remember quickly. So focus on points not analysis. If you do these three things religiously, and you don’t allow the exam moment fright catch you, and your computer doesn’t mess things up for you at the exam hall, I'm very certain you will get over 95% of the 20 marks of the Post-UTME test. I wish you the best of luck as you try.

Thursday, 29 October 2020


How to Avoid Delays in Your OAU Postgraduate Programme

You must have been told something or read something about how OAU is a wrong place to take a PG programme if you like your time; everyone has been told something like that, which is why it’s really hard to find a person who is not skeptical about taking a PG programme in OAU; everyone believes it’s going to be really slow. The thing is, this is mostly true, and as I have written in a previous article on this topic, OAU Postgraduate College (PGC) would give you what you let her give you, that’s just it. But for the sake of people who might be finding it difficult to understand that statement, let me from experience share some tips with you on how to avoid OAU PGC delaying you on your PG programme.

You have to know that funding is the core of the factors delaying OAU PG students on their programmes; the college’s payment system makes it difficult for your programme to move forward when you are owing the school any Kobo. For any major advancement to me made on your programme, you have to be owing the school nothing. Most of the students are always owing the school, this is why they spend several years doing a programme they are supposed to do for just 4 or 5 semesters, or even drop out of the programme; this is just the truth. To avoid this factor affecting you, you need to either already have almost all the money you will be needing for the whole semesters of the programme or have a solid means of making money so your school fees wouldn’t be a problem every time it’s time to pay. If you pay on time, you are most likely to complete the programme, and you are very likely to complete it as at when due or very close to when due.

Your availability is another factor that will define how fast or delayed your OAU PG programme would be. If you are the type that’s always gone because you are engaged in other things outside of Ife, the tendencies is too high your programme can't be completed when you ought to complete it. If you will have to travel down for your academic activities and leave as soon as you are done, it’s very impossible you’d finish your programme on time. From my personal observation, OAU PG students who stay on campus have a very good chance of finishing their programme on time, the ones who stay in and around Ife also have the fair chances of finishing on time, but the ones who have to travel from very far away to come do something about their programme in Ife are likely to not finish on time, or not even finish at all. If you have other things far from Ife which you must attend to physically every day, please plan a leave or get an assistant before joining the OAU PG programme. You don’t want to start and not finish after putting a lot of resources in the programme.

Another thing that delays people on their OAU PG programme is their research or long essay (for those who do not have to carry out a research). I'm of the thought that OAU lecturers generally like to make you think researches and long essays have to frustrate you, as the frustration is what makes the research or essay look credible to them. So whether you like it or not, you are going to be really stressed out by your supervisor(s), and this frustration is going to make you leave your work untended to a lot of times, and for every day you leave your work unattended to, you are by yourself extending how long your programme would take. Just be on your research or essay always, try to have a cordial relationship with your supervisor. Talk to people in your department and at the PGC about your programme, and seek for help every time you need one.

Sometime soon, I will be publishing more of the things to avoid so your OAU PG programme wouldn’t be delayed. Just look forward to more write-ups on this topic. And if you need to talk about anything on your interest in any OAU PG programme, contact me on +2348139534187, let’s talk about how PEC can help you facilitate your programme somehow.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

When you Have Changed Your Choice of Course in your UTME but the Old Course is Still Reflecting on Your OAU Post-UTME (Nairaland, google, oau, postutme, post jamb, cut off, post ume, google, deparment, jamb caps)

When you Have Changed Your Choice of Course in your UTME but the Old Course is Still Reflecting on Your OAU Post-UTME

It is very normal that between when UTME results are released and when admission offering is over, applicants will have the need to change their choices of institution or/and courses, it’s very normal. But I have to tell you that this is one of the very rampant but overlooked reasons why a lot of people lose their admission—especially when it has to do with OAU. Read me right please, changing your choices of course within OAU is not a problem at all, it only becomes a problem when you do the changing of course at a wrong time; and there are so many wrong times to change your course if you are aspiring to be offered an admission in OAU.

Let me start from what should have been the conclusion, if you have applied to OAU but you wish to change your course you chose originally, the best time to do that is between when you register for your UTME and before your Post-UTME result is released. Anytime outside when your Post-UTME results are released would mean the new course you changed to will not reflect on OAU’s portal, and if your new course doesn’t appear on OAU’s portal it means you can only have your old choice of course you changed from on your portal, and that is what OAU would use to consider you for admission. If you are not qualified for the old course that’s appearing on your page, you just might lose your chance of getting an admission offer.

This is because OAU only considers you for admission based on the department you chose, in fact the first choice of the departments you chose, not the second (the reason for this is explained in this write-up: These Things About OAU Departmental Cutoffs ). This is why many people who change their course to another course with lower cutoff after the departmental cutoffs are released and they realize they don’t have the cutoff for the original course they chose end up not getting admitted. This is because the new course will not reflect on OAU’s portal. For emphasis, OAU only receives UTME data from JAMB twice before the admission seasons is over: the first time is always before the beginning of the Post-UTME registration, and the second time is always after the Post-UTME is written and it’s time to upload results; any modified data after this time wouldn’t get to OAU.

By the way, this should let everyone who just changed their course close to when they registered for their 2020 OAU Post-UTME and the new course is not showing yet that the new course will still show; as soon as OAU receives data again from JAMB. So calm down if you in in this situation. If you are one of those people who would wait till when the departmental cutoffs are released before doing their changed of course, please don’t do this to yourself—unless of course your legs are very long. I believe you know what I mean by that.

Thursday, 15 October 2020


 Migration Credentials Evaluation: Why Always WES?

Most people don’t get confused on which of all the evaluation bodies recognized by CIC to go for when they want to evaluate their credentials for migration purposes, reason being that you can’t just jump into wanting to process traveling abroad; you must have been talking to people about it, and when you talk to people about what you need to do on your processing, they just tell you either what they heard people did or what they have done themselves, or maybe what they plan doing when they are ready to do such thing too. So it’s like a certain set of information being passed down from generation of people with the same pursuit to another generation and so forth. It’s just rare to have a person who is really serious about their traveling processes and they don’t already know what they want to do and how they want to do it—even before they begin the process. So choosing one from all the available evaluation bodies cannot be a thing of urgency; which if you think deep about—in this case of credentials evaluation and having to choose the same evaluation body everyone chooses—this could shield you from wanting to know about other evaluation bodies and what benefits they have better than the big guns.

I have been in the business of facilitating academic and traveling documents for a while now, and I have talked to a lot of emigration aspirants who believe WES is the only credential-evaluating body, which is always funny to me—especially when they are really adamant about what they know—because there actually are dozens of other evaluation bodies that could be as beneficial as WES or even better. Having done a lot of documents facilitation for a lot of WES-loving clients and hearing feedbacks from them, I can say categorically that WES is the fastest of all the evaluation bodies recognized by the CIC right now—provided your institution doesn’t delay in getting your credentials to them. Also, it is just possible that WES is the cheapest of them all—all other things being equal (other things like: how many credentials you want to evaluate, the kind of evaluation you want to do, how you want your evaluation delivered to your institution). I guess these basically are the reasons why people often go for WES and always advise others to go for WES too, then shielding them from wanting to know what’s up with other evaluation bodies. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, sometimes, it’s just better to go with the modus operandi than try to go a strange path and then you end up being the one from whose mistake everyone would have to learn from. But then, let me still try to point out to you the good sides of a couple of credential-evaluating bodies.

Closely, IQAS is as used as WES, also, it’s almost the same cost, almost the same style of payment, but not as fast as WES. But IQAS is really better for people whose institution delay in the delivery of credentials—which is a thing with most of the Nigerian schools. This is so because if the delivery of your credential to WES has taken more than 3 months, your attention time will have to “loop” when your credential is eventually delivered—especially if it is delivered in hardcopy. Normally, the attention time for your documents is within 21 days after the delivery of the documents, but when your documents took so long to deliver, at any office, you shouldn’t expect your application to still be “right on the desk” anymore, right? This is why it will have to take more than 21 days now; it may be another 7 days added, it may be another 14 days, but there will surely be more days added to your attention time. Whereas, if you are using IQAS, no matter how long it takes your school to deliver your credential, your attention time would not have to “loop”; your 14-21 days is still your 14-21 days. So for emigration aspirants having deadlines to beat, IQAS might just be the best option of an evaluation body.

There are other CIC-recognized evaluation bodies that are not even popular at all—this could be because they suck or whatever, I can’t tell, but of them all, I can tell that the reason why ICES is not popular is not because they suck. ICES is faster than either of WES and IQAS (yes!), responsive customer services and all. Only that ICES is way more costly than WES and IQAS, as—contrary to how WES and IQAS does their charging—each document you want to evaluate at ICES will add extra charges to your expenses, which makes it that as WES and IQAS average around $200 and $210, ICES averages around $240 and $250. I know that’s a lot of difference in cost, but I'm sure you will get what you paid the extra charges for. I'm not sure of this, but I’ve been hearing ICES evaluation has wider credibility and validity, as it is a government-controlled evaluation body; this would be beneficial to emigrants who want to school over there when they get there, as it opens you to more schools and higher chances of being offered an admission.

The thing to take away from here is: it just doesn’t have to always be WES, investigate a lot of evaluation bodies before you settle for one, check out the one having the qualities that suite better what you are trying to do with your credentials and the timeline you’ve got. Also, if you need any help or information concerning your emigration processes, you can contact our 24/7 available line +2348139534187. Wishing you the best of luck in the endeavors.

Monday, 12 October 2020


Problems You May Encounter With OAU Post-UTME Registration and the Solutions to Them

As the application for the OAU Post-UTME for the 2020/2021 applicants goes on, it has to be noted that the situations that lead to “Not Admitted” can start from as early as when the candidate is doing their registration. There are errors that could cost a candidate their good chances of being admitted—even when they have scored the good scores everywhere. You have to be meticulous about everything from the application to the submission of your exams; after all, these are parts of what the Post-UTME screening is meant to confirm—whether you indeed deserve to be admitted to OAU or not, and any mistake at all could make you unworthy of OAU. What are these mistakes? Let’s see.

First of all, if you are an applicant using “Awaiting Results” for your application, please take note that you can only be able to submit the application because you have been given a grace till 28th of November, 2020 for which you must have uploaded your results to the school’s portal. Failure to do this by then could make your screening invalid—lest OAU extends the date (especially in consideration of the SSCE candidates who just wrote their exams not quite long and they are currently awaiting their results). Just do not make the mistake of not returning to the school’s portal to upload your results; admission cannot be offered to you lest all your results are screened.

For the Direct Entry (DE) applicants, whether you will write an exam in the screening or not cannot be confirmed yet, but don’t let that stop you from preparing as though you already know you will be writing the exam, and most importantly, if your transcripts from your previous qualification are not already delivered to OAU’s admission office, please make sure that is done as soon as possible. The DE admission is almost 100% based on the transcripts and not really on the Post-UTME results. You cannot be admitted if your transcripts are not delivered to the admission office, and in fact before the admission processes begin. If you delivered your transcripts or you are delivering it by yourself, be sure it is delivered to the appropriate office. If your previous school has delivered it or is delivering it for you, please find time to go to the admissions office to confirm the delivery, or you find someone who could do that for you. Whichever way, just make sure you confirm that your transcripts are delivered to the school. For JUPEB DE applicants, your JUPEB results must be submitted to the admissions office; most JUPEB applicants don’t know this, they just do the registration and keep expecting admission and not get admitted in the end.

If you can escape any of these mistakes, you are one step closer to being offered an admission. Just be smart with every other thing you would be doing concerning your admission and everything will be alright. And if you need any assistant, any information on your admission processes, don’t hesitate to contact +2348139534187.

Thursday, 8 October 2020


OAU Postgraduate Programmes that Slow?

The most popular thing known about the OAU PG College (PGC) is how very slow their programmes have been believed to be, this belief is even more popular than the college itself, and it spreads even wider every day that now, there can rarely be found one person that doesn’t think OAU PG programme isn’t so good with time, and this is even differently believed from the belief that OAU as a whole is slow. But is OAU PGC actually that slow? Or even any slow at all? Flow with me as I tell you things about the PGC that you might never hear from elsewhere.

Though there is just nothing you can tell anyone to convince them that OAU PGC is only portrayed to be slow, and not even slow at all, but that is just the truth. The PGC is troublesome; they will stress the bejesus out of you. If you know how to get on the troubles and stresses and beat them, they will have zero hold on your programme, but when you allow these troubles and stresses frustrate you and make you procrastinate and abandon what you should do ASAP is when everything about your programme becomes really sluggish.

Apart from the mentioned, money is another thing that makes people abscond from their programme or end it later than supposed. There was when you could run your PG programme in OAU from beginning to the end without paying a dime, only that before you are cleared for graduation, you have to have paid every dime you are owing the school up. When the college eventually stopped that kind of payment plan and attach how your programme moves forward to how you pay your school fees is when people began to have problems with the speed of their programme. This means if you are owing the school any penny, your files are not moving to the next stage, and the longer your files wait unmoving, the more time your programme takes.

Most people who come to OAU for their PG programme come because the fees are low compared to most schools, and yet, most people still don’t pay these fees promptly; they don’t pay until it’s running really late, which causes a lot of delays and turn back to affect the timeline of their programme. But bad as it gets, these people will graduate or dropout and never mention that it’s their fault that their OAU programme was delayed, they will only sing one song—the well know song: OAU PG is slow!

I have been to the college and ran a programme or two there, so I know what I'm talking about. OAU PGC has it’s many problems—I'm not disputing this, but slowing students who pay on time and do what they need to do on time is not one of them. If you want to fly, the college helps you fly, if you want to crawl, the college helps you crawl; that’s how it works here. The OAU PGC is not even affected by most of the things that affect OAU as a whole—not strike, not even an elongated academic calendar. Even during the holidays, you are still running something on your programme. So there is no such thing as the school is on strike so my programme is affected.

If you like to go to OAU PGC for a programme, don’t let what people say about the college discourage you; just make sure you already have your money for how many semesters your programme would run, or you have a sure source of generating such money, so it just comes as soon as you need it. If you do this and do your work diligently, and have a fruitful relationship with your supervisors, your 4-semester programme will end at 4 semesters—I promise you, or at most 5 semesters, and that would be in case you encounter some problems along the line.

If you want to know more about OAU Postgraduate College, OAU PG programmes, or you need any help on anything relating to the college and PG admissions, and the processing of transcripts too, or the delivering of your application documents to the PGC and your department, you can contact me on +2348139534187.

Monday, 5 October 2020

These Things about OAU Departmental Cutoffs

These Things about OAU Departmental Cutoffs

If you are an OAU aspirant or a relative of one, at some point just after the UTME or after the Post-UTME, you will definitely type something like “OAU cutoff mark” in the Google search engine, just because you want to know your admission fate or that of your ward. This is okay, only that most people don’t get to know OAU has never and will never have a departmental cutoff for a particular admission year until after the Post-UTME has been done and the results analyzed. This means if you are a 2020/2021 OAU aspirant, you have to know that whatever cutoff you’ve been seeing everywhere online cannot just be the cutoff OAU is using this admission year.

However, you can use the genuine ones of the spreading cutoffs as a guide to help you know what the cutoff of your choice of department circles around per admission year. Though while you do this too, you still have to be very careful—especially if you are still preparing for the Post-UTME—so that you will not see cutoffs from long ago that’s making you feel like your admission is already assured so you don’t need to work harder in preparation for the Post-UTME; there are years when some internal and external factors will cause a great hike on the cutoff of a particular department. Example of such years and factors was when the Faculty of Law lost their NUC accreditation, and thousands of people who choose Ife Law every year had to choose English Language now—to join the already-too-much applicants who originally choose English Language every year because they don’t want to go to another school for Law—causing the total applicants for English to be too much, and needing to be cut down by all means, then resulting in English Language having the cutoff that’s competing with that of Medicine and Surgery. If any applicant had relaxed because they’ve seen online that the cutoff of English Language is always around 60% and they had already gotten the good O/Level and UTME score points, then the cutoff for the year comes out and it turns out to be 80%, wouldn’t that be a problem?

So, when you see all these cutoffs online released even before the Post-UTME is written, just kindly understand that: first, they are likely to not be genuine, and when they are genuine, they are definitely from the past and most definitely not the cutoff your department would use this current admission year. I repeat, OAU will never release the departmental cutoff until after the Post-UTME is written and the results analyzed. In fact, it is from this results analysis they get the cutoff of each department from, and the formula for getting it is: TAS/TNC=AS


TAS = total aggregate scores (gotten by adding what all the candidates who choose this department scored in their aggregate)

TNC = total number of candidates who chose this department and participated in the screening).

AS = average score (which would be the cutoff for the particular department this calculation is carried out for).

This system of getting the cutoff is why OAU does not like to consider the candidates who change their choice of course after the Post-UTME has been written and the results have been released for admission to the new department they changed to, and also they don’t like to consider for another department the candidates who didn’t make the cutoff for a department they chose (unless a slot is used for such person). All these happen because it would affect the credibility and validity of the system of getting the cutoff such department is using. It might even affect two departments—the department the candidate changed from and the department the candidate changed to.

If this article was insightful enough to help you in anyway, please share with your friends who might need to know this too. If you have anything you need to know more about OAU admission or you need any help on it, you can contact us on +2348139534187. Remember to submit your email address in the box at the top of this page so you can be getting our updates delivered to your inbox as soon as we publish them. Wishing you the best of success in the admission processes.

Thursday, 24 September 2020


OAU Admission: Who Gets it Who Doesn't

This article is definitely going to be my most unnecessary article ever; because seriously, I have no need to make any article of this kind. I should feel less-concerned about who applies to OAU with about 100,000 more applicants and eventually gets admitted to be among the just about-7,000-to-11,000 applicants OAU admits per admission session. But considering the figures I just stated about how many JAMB applicants OAU has per year and the tiny number of them OAU admits per year, it becomes necessary that someone cares enough to give out tips on what to do and what not to do to get admitted to OAU. Oh, lest I forget, when I said only about 7,000 to 11,000 applicants are admitted per year, I said that to include the UTME applicants, the Direct Entry applicants, and of course the Pre-Degree applicants. If you understand what that means you’ll understand we are talking about the do-whatever-you must-do-to-get-admitted kind of competition here; and this is why I'm making this write-up. You know, many of the applicants just choose OAU in their applications and not even reason the competition they are about to get into. Some of these applicants believe so much in their A-and-B-parallel O/Level results, and their high scores in the UTME and Post-UTME screening. They—because of these—apply for the admission and start acting like their admission is assured. They become obnoxious and impossible to instruct; they just feel within themselves like they have all it takes to be in OAU, and they act just that way.

But unfortunately for them, their guts fail them most of the times. As an educational consultant, this is why I prefer to deal with my candidates’ parents and not the candidates. Not just because the parents are mature, more careful and meticulous, but also because the parents have the understanding that a lot is happening in our educational system that is very different from what they were used to; so—they for this reason—calm down and listen to instructions and indeed observe the instructions meticulously. That is why it is arguable that applicants who have parents who are involved in their admission processing most of the times get the admission. In this kind of situation, I always say such candidate gets the admission not because of his/her smartness, nor because of his/her high scores, but because of his/her parents who are meticulous, curious and desperate to make sure their child gets admitted by all means. To talk from experience, most of the applicants are always over-confident and—they too often—consider themselves smarter than the consultant who has been in the business of admission processing for years with a very rich year-in-year-out experience on the school they are trying to get into; and this is why many of them become confused when all the admission lists are released and their names are not on any of the lists despite the high scores they hold.

I always say, it is one thing to have high scores, it is another thing to deserve OAU admission. Deserving OAU admission requires knowing OAU or having someone who does. I'm saying, OAU is very predictable, but it takes knowing the school or having someone who does to get the predictions right. Candidates who depend so much on their own knowledge of OAU—most of the times—don’t get admitted! Candidates who depend so much on the information and instructions they get online and on those Whatsapp groups end up losing their chances of getting admitted to doing something they are not asked by the institution to do; but because someone they met online did it, they just go ahead and do it too. I must not forget to talk about people who apply to the highly competitive departments like Medicine, Law, Accounting, Economics, Nursing, and after applying go ahead relenting and relying on their high scores to get them the admission. With a straight face now, if you are one of such candidates, I'm saying: forget your high score! Okay? Forget your high score, and don’t mind them when they say you don’t have to know people to get admitted to OAU; believe me, that notion is not meant for anyone who wants to get into the highly competitive courses. These highly competitive departments are where the children of the people who drink and flex with the authorities want to enter; and believe me you, whether these children get the cutoff or not is never an issue, they get in somehow! They get in to make it harder for the ones who know nobody but score higher to get admitted; and that’s what makes getting into these departments highly competitive.

Don’t forget these lines I have used in this article because they were carefully used to pass a serious message: one, OAU admission is competitive, getting it takes determination, being meticulous, and the will to do and offer anything to get the admission. Two, getting admission to Medicine, Law, Accounting, Economics, Nursing, Dentistry is—in that order—highly competitive, it takes only the fierce, the desperate, and the one who is willing to do and offer anything to get it—especially when the professors in the administration of the  institution are not your persons. My blunt conclusion is: if you want to be admitted to any of the departments mentioned above, your high score is only about 10% relevant here; who you know, and how they can help you is what is 90% relevant. If you do not observe what I just said about getting admitted to study in OAU, your chances of getting admitted is almost 0%. If you do not observe what I just said about getting admitted to the highly competitive departments, your chances of getting admitted is flatly 0%—no matter how high your score is. Lastly, if you think you are experienced than the educational consultant who has been in the system for several years, I can only hope you don’t end up wasting your high score and one whole year of your academic life.

Monday, 21 September 2020

Three Important Things You Have to Know if You are Seeking Admission to OAU for the 2020/2021 Academic Session 1 (TAGS: oau, nairaland, postutme, postjamb, google, post ume, cutoff, cut off mark, admission, obafemi awolowo university, ife, campus, admission news, oau aspirant, oau website,


Three Important Things You Have to Know if You are Seeking Admission to OAU for the 2020/2021 Academic Session 1

Being a serious admission seeker or a concerned parent of an admission seeker, you just want to make sure you know what you ought to know and on time, and believe me, this is a very good thing; it’s one of the things that separate the majority of the applicants who will not get admitted in the end from applicants who will get admitted. So if you are an admission seeker or a parent of one, and you are really restless about it and really hungry for prompt and genuine information, just know that you are doing something right already. However, if the admission you are or your ward is seeking for is to OAU (which sets in some peculiar situations and factors) and also, it’s for the 2020/2021 academic session (which also sets in even more situations and factors based on the effects of the pandemic on academic activities), here are three more things you just need to know and work on if you want to be successful with the admission:


1). The Danger of Big UTME Score

Scoring high in the UTME is a very good thing; there is this feeling you get when you or your ward already have a score that looks more than enough for the course they chose, but the danger comes in when this feeling brings in what I call the Too-Early-Celebration factor (TEC factor), and most of the times, this happen to people who score high in the UTME. The TEC factor is when your confidence in your score or your ward’s score assures you too much of an admission for your ward and you just relax about everything and wait for the good news about the admission to come to you. This blocks you from realizing that a perfect UTME score alone is not what it requires to gain any admission at all, and when it comes to OAU, what it requires gets even more, and when it’s a session that’s coming after a lot the pandemic has caused to the education industry, you just have to be on your toes even than ever.

This TEC factor is why most people who score 250 upwards end up not getting any admission at all; they feel okay with their score that they don’t know if they need to change courses, or if they need to work even harder to have a better Post-UTME score, or if they need to start looking for help even before writing the Post-UTME, or if there are inside information peculiar to their choices of course which are never announced by the school or department but they really need to know them and do them for them to earn the admission. Whereas people with the 200 to 230-or-so UTME scores already know there is problem, and they have to do some things so this problem wouldn’t sabotage their chances of been admitted. This is why most admitted students are always between the 200 and 240 UTME scores; they have no confidence in that UTME score so they can’t relax and wait for admission to come knocking at their doors, they run after it!

If you have scored high in the UTME, avoid the TEC factor by all means. In fact, new things will come up this time because of the effects of the pandemic, familiarize yourself with the school and your aspired department to be on the wave, and not under it, and prepare even harder to score even higher in the post-UTME; trust me, when everything is added together, no score is too high. Watch out for the part two of this write-up.