Home » JAMB » How to answer JAMB CBT exam questions on a computer

How to answer JAMB CBT exam questions on a computer

As JAMB Computer Based Exam(CBT) draws closer, one of the important preparations the candidates need to make is to learn the steps to answer JAMB questions on a computer.

The good news is that it is easy, so, don’t panic about it.

Using a computer to answer JAMB questions might be the easiest thing you will ever have to do as a JAMBite. But since some of you are not used to CBT tests, hence looking for guidelines on how to answer JAMB questions with a computer, let me guide you on the things you need to know.


  • JAMB CBT exam mode
  • How to answer the JAMB questions
    • The question screen
    • The mouse and pointer
      • Basic navigation with the mouse
  • JAMB CBT tips
  • Conclusion

JAMB CBT Exam mode

Since the introduction of the JAMB Computer-Based Test (CBT), a number of things have changed.

JAMB put in the right amount of effort to computerize a lot of things and this has led to the introduction of other features in addition to CBT exams – including JAMB CAPs for admission and related matters, and an online JAMB interactive brochure.

But a little issue with this positive development is that new batches of JAMB students who are not used to computers and other JAMB facilities need to learn them and understand how they work before they can make the best out of it.

My aim here is to help the students understand how to answer CBT questions using a computer.

Be it JAMB CBT, or Post-UTME CBT (many schools now use CBT), you need to understand to appreciate how easy and convenient CBT actually is, compared to paper and pencil exams.

How to answer JAMB questions with a computer

During your JAMB CBT exam, you will be presented with a computer you will use to answer the questions, this is why it is called a computer-based test (CBT), of course.

Tip: Even if you are not used to this kind of test, don’t worry, it is very easy.

It is expected that everything will be set up for you, so you don’t have to worry about the technical issues with setting up the system. Your own is to focus on the exam, answer your questions and go home.

To answer the questions, I will give you some ideas of how to do it, what the screen might look like, how to click and other tips to write your JAMB CBT exam without mistakes.

NOTE: There is no guarantee that your screen will be identical to the ones shown in this post. But in general, the ideas are the same.

The question screen

By the question screen, I mean the questions you see on the computer when you start the JAMB CBT exam.

Questions will be loaded for you on the screen and the image below is just an example of what the question screen might look like (please note that your CBT screen may be different from this, but the logic is simply the same):

How to answer JAMB questions
How to answer JAMB questions on a computer

In the image above, you have the question and options A, B, C and D as expected (just similar to the paper and pencil exam).

But apart from the questions and options, you can see other information on the screen, including:

  • the current subject
  • time given for the entire exam
  • navigation buttons

Although some are self-explanatory here is what they mean:

The current subject: this is the subject you are answering at the moment. Remember you have four JAMB subjects to answer questions on.

So, if for example, you are answering questions on the Use of English at the moment, that will appear as the current subject.

Time: this shows the time you started the exam.

Time Left: time left is the total time given MINUS time spent. In other words, it is how long before the time is up for your JAMB CBT test. So, try to answer all the questions you can and click any options for all the ones you are sure you don’t know the answers to before your time elapses.

In some CBT exams, you may see the total time given (instead of the start time) and the time left. Whichever one, who cares. Just focus on your exam and pay attention to the time left.

Navigation buttons

The navigation buttons help you move back and forth between questions and other options.

With the navigation buttons, you can move to the next question or previous questions.

The tool that helps you navigate the questions is the mouse and all you have to do is click on the action you want to perform.

See the mouse below and how to click:

The mouse and pointer

The mouse is the device you use to navigate the questions during your JAMB CBT test. Depending on the CBT software, you can also use buttons.

The image below describes a mouse:

how to use computer mouse
how to use computer mouse

Basic navigation with the mouse

Left click: From the image above showing the mouse, “Left Click” is used to select whatever action you wish to perform.

For example, if you want to move to the next question, just bring the pointer (shown below) to the button that says “Next…” and press the left button and that will take you to the next question.


Computer pointer
Computer pointer

The pointer shows you the location of the screen you are on. All you have to do is move your mouse and the pointer will move in the direction you move your mouse.

For example, you can move the pointer to the Calculator button and left-click to select/launch the calculator.

Right Click: This is used to view available options. When you right-click, the computer will show you available options.

But note: these options may have nothing to do with your JAMB CBT test. So, use right-click with caution.

Basically, all the options for your JAMB CBT test will be there on your screen. I don’t expect functionalities that will require a right click.

Scroll wheel: this is the circular part of the mouse. It is like a wheel and as the name implies, you can use it to scroll up or down the screen.

Assuming you are reading a passage and want to move up to the first paragraph, just rotate the scroll wheel in that direction and you can scroll up to the part of the screen you want. The same applies to scrolling down.


Before I conclude, here are some tips you might find useful for your JAMB CBT exam:

Invest enough time in studying JAMB’s past questions. Because of this, we have made available EduPadi JAMB CBT App you can use offline and free JAMB past questions and answers in all JAMB subjects.

Do not worry about using a computer because it is easy. But to get yourself familiar with it assuming you have not, I strongly recommend you practise JAMB CBT and also sit for JAMB mock exam before the main JAMB CBT exam. This will help you build your confidence level.

Do not leave questions unanswered

Not like there is any rule that says you must answer all the questions, no, but I think it is better to watch your time and if by any chance you are running out of time, go to the questions you don’t know their answers and click any options. The reason for this is that you might be lucky to click the correct option, who knows? Nothing more.

Be calm. And learn how to overcome exam anxiety. And also read my post on how to pass JAMB CBT exam, both are very important and you might find them really helpful.


Alright, that is it, a guide on how to answer JAMB questions with the computer. If you have any questions, suggestions or contributions, please drop them in the comment box below. Thank you.

Tagged: how to use jamb 8 keys,  how to answer JAMB questions, JAMB CBT software,

22 thoughts on “How to answer JAMB CBT exam questions on a computer”

  1. Great post, UTME candidates need to see this. Some of them fail JAMB not because they didn’t prepare but because they don’t know how to use Computer properly.

    Imagine a candidate that submitted 5minutes after he started the examination due to ignorance.

    Keep up the great works here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.