Registration for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations would last for only one month, the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board has revealed.

The board’s registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, revealed this while speaking to reporters after a meeting with the owners of CBT centres.

He also revealed the introduction of an optional mock examination, to allow students prepare better for the exam.

“There will also be mock examination for prospective candidates,  and this examination will be purely optional. Those who register for the mock examination will sit for it on April 8, but the UTME proper will commence on May 6 to May 20.

ALSO: JAMB UTME 2017: Candidates Can Now Apply To Only One Public School

“We have put in place facilities that will make it easy for candidates to register. For instance, as soon as a candidate creates his profile on his mobile phone, automatically, we will send our e-syllabus and e-brochure into his e-mail.

“So, even before going to pay for the mock, he already has all the materials that he will need for the registration. We are also talking to CBT centre operators not to extort candidates just as we are also asking candidates not to pay now for the mock examination which is purely optional,’’ the registrar said.

He said that the mock examination had been made free by JAMB for interested candidates, adding that the gesture was part of the board’s corporate social responsibility.

According to Oloyede, candidates would pay N700 to owners of centres where they would be posted at the point of registration for the mock examination.

ALSO: UNIMAID Bomb Blast: VC Announces Exams To Continue Tomorrow

“We will not charge fees for the mock examination because we want to do it as our own way of giving back to the society. But the CBT centres will be allowed to charge a token of N700 for the mock and it is at that point that all prospective candidates for the mock examination are expected to pay.

“There will also be no cash transaction. Candidates can use their ATMs or if they must use cash, they can pay into the banks to avoid extortion of any kind. This is because there are people out there that want to take advantage of these candidates’ naivety.

“So it is important for candidates to keep passwords to their e–emails, ATM cards and even registration numbers to themselves and safe, to avoid being exposed to those who might want to take advantage of them’’ he said.