DIFFERENCES BETWEEN IJMB AND PRE-DEGREE PROGRAMME
I find it the appropriate time to answer the question of prospective IJMB candidates and the concerned public on whether IJMB is the same thing with university pre-degree /Remedial program or any direct relationship between the two programs.
I you have been reading Educorenigeria’s blog over time, I believe this won’t be a question by you anymore has we have written diverse posts on IJMB, advanced level programs in Nigeria and their benefits. ( Read: The details about IJMB ).
Lets start by analyzing what PRE-degree program is all about.
Pre-degree, from the prefix, “pre” which means “before” is a program for candidates who want to undergo their degree program in a certain university enroll for.
It is like a preparatory class for university students. They do the pre-degree program for certain period, about one academic year inline with the university calendar.
The program is meant to prepare the candidates for their first year(100 level) in the university thus the term PRE-DEGREE = BEFORE DEGREE or simply put, BEFORE 100 LEVEL.
After the one year of undergoing the pre-degree program, the candidates write a final examination based on their studies.
They also obtain JAMB UTME form, sit for JAMB and are expected to meetup certain cut-off mark before they can be considered for admission into the university.
IJMB on the other hand is an advanced level program that prepares interested candidate for 200 level university admission. Anyone who enrolls for IJMB is exposed to nine month intensive lectures . The lectures qualifies their 100 level studies in any university. ( SEE: IJMB SYLLABUS )
(If you are new to IJMB, I recommend you read more about the program by clicking HERE).
I will like to start with the finical requirements for IJMB and pre-degree. The minimum cost of pre-degree program in any university in Nigeria is about N200,000 in some public universities while some private universities charge about N400,000. (Four hundred thousand Naira). Not just the huge cost you incur in enrolling for pre-degree program, you also have a deadline for remitting payment less you get kicked-out of the program.
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On the other hand, IJMB fees is from N70,000 (Seventy thousand Naira) in some IJMB affiliated institutions and the maximum so far is N120,000 in some private IJMB centers. Apart from the fact that you pay less for IJMB, you also enjoy the opportunity to pay your fees gradually unto 3 ties installment for 9 months! I call that incredible!!! ( We offer every student who registers IJMB with us, we understand the economic situation in the country and we believe in the policy of “Education for all”. What are you waiting for? Enroll for IJMB with us today. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR IJMB )
Another huge margin between IJMB and university pre-degree program is the level candidates of each program are placed after the program. It is imperative to outline that every pre-degree candidates after their one year pre-degree program and exams start over from 100 level in the same university where they undergo the program. Their is no short cut. Just 100 level!. Unlike Pre-degree program, IJMB, an advanced level program launches her candidates into 200 level of ANY UNIVERSITY in Nigeria via direct entry admission ( What is Direct Entry?. ClIck here to read about Direct Entry).
They don’t go back to square 100 but advanced to 200 level. This is legal, approved and accredited by the Nigerian university Council (NUC).
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JAMB UTME REQUIREMENT.
Before you can gain admission into 100 level of your pre-degree university, you should also have at the back of your hand that you will also apply and sit for JAMB UTME. Also, you must meet up the required admission cut-off point before you can be consider for this admission after your pre-degree program , thus, if you pass your pre-degree exams and fail JAMB, thats the end, you are back to the same point (thats is way too bad!) why would you want to do that? IJMB admission does not require JAMB UTME as the UTME is for 100 level candidates only.
All you need after your IJMB is a JAMB DIRECT ENTRY Form aka DE Form. since JAMB is the official admission board in Nigeria, every candidate must pass through them directly or indirectly and that’s why you need to obtain the DE form. you don’t write exams as DE students and admission is based on your IJMB points.
IJMB allows you to seek for admission into multiple university, there is no restriction while you can only seek for admission into the university where you you undergo your pre-degree program, no external university recognizes and would accept your pre-degree result for admission.
IJMB result does not expire, it can be used for admission within 7 good years. Pre-degree on the other side is valid for a year. once you are not favored for admission, thats the end, money gone 🙁 !
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IJMB and pre-degree are both done within one academic year. (Often 9 months). IJMB calendar is a stable one while the pre-degree admission is determined by the institution in charge.
That IJMB has many advantages over Pre-degree program is not enough for me to condemn the pre-degree program. If you have the financial capability to enroll for it and can have the time and courage to withstand it, why not, GO FOR IT!.
If you don’t want to join the race of endless admission plight in Nigeria, I’d say it is wise to enroll for IJMB or the other advanced level programs ( See the list of advanced level programs in Nigeria (IJMB being the best of all).
I leave you to your decision at this point. I believe you have gone through this post and are ready to make your choice. Your success is our happiness.
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