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The Art of Reading More Effectively and Efficiently



It might seem odd to have a blog post devoted entirely to reading more effectively. After all, if you’re reading this, chances are you can read. But reading effectively and efficiently is its own skill – one that we’re never really taught how to do.

Throughout our academic life, we’re programmed to believe that effective reading is measured by speed and breadth. The more we can read, the smarter we look. And the more broadly we can read, the more intelligent we seem.

Because of this obsession, we have with reading more, we miss out on a lot of valuable insights. Wisdom from across the ages, the lessons mastered by people who’ve overcome extraordinary challenges, and the chance to gain knowledge that challenges our beliefs. All because we’re never taught the ultimate meta-skill: the art of reading.

Reading more effectively and efficiently means developing a watertight process to capture ideasanalyze arguments, and ask the right questions. It means identifying the right books to read, understanding the different reading goals, and using evidence-based techniques to increase reading productivity.

In many ways, improving the way we read is the number one skill that can change our lives for the better.

The good news is that reading is a skill that can be improved through practice, dedication, and the adoption of the four levels of reading.

The Importance of Effective & Efficient Reading

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read” – Mark Twain

Books have an enormous impact on people’s life. They’ve acted as a personal mentor and as a vehicle for compounding knowledge.

🧠 Books help us Compound Knowledge

“Compound interest is the 8th Wonder of the World” – Albert Einstein

Just as money accumulates exponentially, so too does personal knowledge as it snowballs and branches out over time. In other words, the more we read and the better our reading processes are, the more our ideas, beliefs, and opinions begin to develop at an ever-increasing rate.

Not only does our brain begin effortlessly creating connections between seemingly disparate pieces of information, but cohesive and creative solutions to some of our most puzzling and perplexing problems gradually emerge. It’s a personal superpower that all of us have the opportunity to discover.

“To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art; Study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realise that everything connects to everything else” – Da Vinci

The Reading Objective

Increasing our ability to read more effectively, as a means to unlock our own personal potential, begins by deciding on a reading goal.

🤪 Category 1: Reading to Entertain

In this category, we read books purely for enjoyment. It’s how we spend the majority of our time as readers. There are no rules and there’s no need to think too deeply or critically about what we’re reading. The goal is simple: we can relax and immerse ourselves in the story.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with reading to entertain ourselves.

It’s a healthy way to escape from everyday stress.

🗞 Category 2: Reading to Inform

In this second category, we read books to learn specific facts or information about something. These books are typically easy to navigate and simple in their layout and structure. This lets us consume them effortlessly and jump around to relevant sections without losing the gist of what’s being said. The goal is to learn without judgement.

For example, we’d read the newspaper, a tourist guide, or the Guinness World Records, all to inform. Although we may find aspects of each of them entertaining, we primarily read these things to develop a factual picture of current affairs, a particular location, or some other snippet of knowledge.

Again, for most of us, reading to inform isn’t too problematic.

📖 Category 3: Reading to Understand

It’s the final category of reading – reading to understand – that most of us (including me) tend to struggle with. It therefore deserves most of our attention when it comes to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our reading.

The problem is that out of the three reading categories, reading to understand requires the greatest cognitive effort. It forces us to challenge our preconceptions, critically analyse the status quo, and directly confront ideas that we may not be immediately comfortable with. This is hard. It can be uncomfortable. But it’s the only way for us to level-up our thinking and personal growth.

Ultimately, this is a skill that few of us have mastered. But it’s at the very heart of meaningful productivity and improving the way we read. Therefore, we need a method that takes us from reading at an elementary level (like when we’re reading to entertain and inform) to reading at an analytical or syntopical level.

Let’s dive into how we can do this.

The Four Levels of Reading

While the three categories of reading help guide our reading goal, the four cumulative levels of reading help guide our reading style. These levels were again devised by Mortimer Adler and operate to help us understand a book at a far deeper level than what most of us are used to. As we move up the levels we’ll not only find ourselves more capable of grasping the author’s perspectives and forge deeper insights, but we’ll have a process that works with every single book we decide to read.

This is great stuff.

This is great stuff.

👶 Level 1: Elementary Reading

Elementary reading is the most basic level of reading, where the reader absorbs the information presented in the text without fully understanding it.

This first level of reading is the style of reading that everyone knows how to do, as it’s what we’re taught in school. As an elementary reader, we can easily understand the words on the page, follow the plot, and have a solid grasp of what the book is trying to say.

However, even at this elementary level, it’s easy to screw it up by trying to read too quickly.

Trying to improve reading speed before understanding the fundamentals of effective reading is only going to hinder our capacity to learn new information.

My advice – we should try and first improve our reading level. Then, once we’ve mastered the art of reading analytically, we can worry about reading faster (and we’ll talk more about this later).

“Every book should be read no more slowly than it deserves, and no more quickly than you can read it with satisfaction and comprehension” – Adler

🔎 Level 2: Inspectional Reading

This second level of reading requires marginally more skill than at the elementary reading level. Inspectional reading is useful when the reader needs to get an overview of the topic but does not have much time. It involves looking at the headings, subheadings, and summaries to determine the main ideas of the text.

There are two aspects to inspectional reading: systematic skimming and superficial reading.

Analytical reading involves discovering the book’s central meaning, evaluating the author’s arguments, and developing a thorough understanding of the book.

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested” – Francis Bacon

It involves engaging with the text in a deeper and more critical way. Analytical reading requires the reader to ask questions, make connections, and take notes. The reader must understand the text’s main ideas, arguments, and evidence and evaluate how they fit together to create a coherent whole.

In particular, this level requires us to actively read the book, and “the more active the reading the better” (Adler).

However, perhaps the most critical component of active reading is continually questioning what we’re being told. Specifically, there are three core questions that we should be asking when reading a book analytically:

The Holistic Stage: What is the book about as a whole?

We largely uncover the answer to this question during the systematic skimming and superficial reading within level 2. The main difference is that, in the holistic stage of level 3, we’re tasked with identifying the questions the author is asking and trying to solve. Put another way, what was it the author was trying to answer by writing this book?

Furthermore, our written summary of the book is going to be more comprehensive than a couple of sentences. Think about how the structure and ideas flow in general, helping to guide us to the given conclusion.

The Specific Stage: What is the book saying in detail and how is it being said?

While reading the book, we need to ensure we’ve fully understood the author’s approach and be comfortable with interpreting their thinking. We should take the time to identify the special keywords that the author has chosen, verify our understanding of them, and try to appreciate their perspective.

In each chapter, the author will also make certain claims and propositions, which we should restate in our own words and decide whether or not their argument is strong. We should carefully evaluate how these claims and propositions are connected, and check to see if they flow logically from one point to the next.

The Veracity Stage: Is the book true, whether in whole or in part?

In the veracity stage, our task is to constructively analyze. To show where the author has been uninformed, misinformed, illogical, or incomplete in their arguments, clearly explaining what the shortcomings are and how the author’s reasoning could be improved. If we can’t do that then our criticism is unlikely to be constructive or valid.

“The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks” – Adler

📚 Level 4: Syntopical Reading

The final level of reading is about our understanding of a subject more generally. Whereas analytical reading focuses on our comprehension of a specific book, syntopical reading helps shape our opinion and increase our overall fluency of the wider topic through understanding how different books relate to one another. This may sound a little abstract, but bear with me.

“The benefits [of syntopical reading] are so great that it is well worth the trouble of learning how to do it” – Adler

Through syntopical reading we’re connecting the best ideas on a subject, which acts as a powerful catalyst giving rise to creative solutions and real insight.

How to Read More

Only once we’ve mastered how to read effectively, by working up the four levels, should we think about reading efficiently.

Reading more exposes us to more opinions, helps us build connections between different ideas, and entrenches our existing knowledge. Think of effective reading as a well-constructed rocket, and efficient reading as a necessary upgrade to its performance. It just takes things up a notch.

There are three steps to reading more:

❤️ Step 1 – Love to Read

The first step of reading more is having the willingness to read more. And falling in love with the act of reading itself.

Read what you love until you love to read

In other words, don’t just pick up the classics because “that’s what clever people do”. Find the books written on topics that fascinate you and by those people you admire most. Just as we can fall in love with exercise by finding the sports we enjoy, we can fall in love with reading by finding the books we enjoy. The ‘fun factor’ is essential to productive reading.

Similarly, if you begin reading a book and you aren’t enjoying it, then there’s no obligation to continue. Just stop. We don’t need to finish a book just because we started it.

📱 Step 2 – Make it Easy to Access Books

Make it as easy as possible to pick up a book and read it.

Throughout the day you’ll find numerous opportunities to spend 5 or 10 minutes reading. So keep a book nearby. You don’t know when the next great reading opportunity will arise.

Other than that, try minimizing distractions. 

We provide books here on 9jabaz for you to download for free so that you can access them anywhere, anytime. Check the link below to download any book of your choice, ranging from school textbooks (mostly Nigerian school textbooks) to Christian books. This will help you to read more!

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👀 Step 3 – Work on Improving your Reading Techniques

The final, and least important aspect of effective and efficient reading, is technique. This is typically where most articles on reading begin but I’ve realised that this stuff is pointless unless everything else is in order.

If there’s one reading technique that’s going to help the most, it’s improving our consistency. Consistency really is king.

The final reading technique is speed reading. However, this comes with a word of warning: only speed read books that you don’t want to understand. Why is that? Well, when reading at speed we’re not going to have the time to think about what is being said or develop the insights necessary for true comprehension. 


In conclusion, improving reading skills is a lifelong process that requires dedication, effort, and commitment. By adopting the four levels of reading, readers can enhance their comprehension and understanding of written texts. Moreover, with practice, patience, and perseverance, the art of reading more efficiently and effectively can become a natural part of daily life.



8 Strategies To Transform Your Student Experience



As we navigate the challenging but transformative journey of student life, it’s crucial to discover effective strategies that can make this experience truly remarkable. In the following article, I’ll share eight strategies that have the potential to completely transform your student experience. From mastering time management to building a versatile skill set, these insights aim to help you make the most of your time at university.

Before we dive into the strategies to transform the student experience, I’d like to give credit where credit is due. The insights I’ve shared in this article stem from a YouTube video that profoundly impacted my perspective on the student experience. You can access the full video and its wealth of knowledge here.

In the spirit of learning and sharing, I aim to pass along these valuable lessons so that others may benefit as well.

8 Strategies To Transform Your Student Experience

  1. How To Manage Your Time: One of the things you would find completely transformational is running your time entirely on your calendar. You are to schedule things that are scheduled, and then you do what you want with the rest of the time. Almost all successful people in the world live their lives based on their calendar. Schedule things, Schedule what time you intend to wake up, schedule what time you intend to do your assignment, what time you are going to lectures, what time you intend to go to your clubs and societies, schedule what time you will be hanging out with friends. It is really up to us how we want to allocate those 24 hours.
    Let’s say you sleep for eight hours a day, you’ve got 16 hours, Let’s say you attend lectures or work for 8 hours, then it is up to you to figure out what to do with the remaining time. Now, if you are not intentional about how you are using that time, you are going to default to the random shits we do as students i.e. totally wasting time. But if you are at least intentional about it, you can nudge yourself towards acting in a way that you actually want to act.
    Of course, I am not saying it has to be”always” productive, but at least try and be more intentional with your time.

  2. How To Study Efficiently: This is something that no one teaches us. You don’t get taught in high school or university how to learn. It is just something you are meant to pick up and you watch other people do it and you do.
    But actually, there are tons and tons of research people have done, showing methods of effective study.

    One of the efficient ways of studying is practicing and testing yourself on what you are taught. Do more questions than re-reading your notes. It is when you test yourself, that you are really studying. You get more effective when you spacely repeat what you are testing yourself on.
    What you read today, try and remember before checking your notes tomorrow, what you test yourself on tomorrow, try and practice it next week. What you tested on next week, try and practice it in 2 weeks time, then in one month time. This is spaced repetition.

Check below for more articles that explains studying effectively better;

How To Study For Exams – Active Recal

How To Study For Exams – Spaced Repetition

The Art of Reading More Effectively and Efficiently

How To Learn Anything Faster

  1. Study With Friends: This is another one of those things that makes those blocks of time in which you are studying more efficient, more effective, and way more enjoyable as well, which is what makes studying sustainable, and fun and creates all the memories and all that fun stuff. Even if you are not studying the same Subject but you sitting at a table together, that process makes studying way more effective because it is fundamentally more enjoyable. Anything you do, doing it with friends makes it more fun.

The other points mentioned below are what you should consider doing when you are not studying

  1. Join Clubs and Societies: Think of clubs as sampling different types of experiences. If you spend all your time at the university studying every time, you are missing out on a lot of other life experiences and career experiences that could potentially get you ahead in life.
    It’s what you care about, but that could also add colors and vibes and that magic sparkle of enjoyment to your life as well.
  1. Learn skills in the Universal Toolbox: The Universal toolbox is a toolbox of skills and techniques that, if you learn how to do them, even to a basic level will help you out in life in a way you can’t imagine. Something like that would be Public Speaking. Whatever career you happen to be in, being confident in public speaking is just ridiculously helpful for doing better in your career, and also having a more interesting life.

    Being good at negotiation is another one of those things because life is based on negotiation. If you are better at negotiation, you are better at negotiating raises, you are better at selling things, and whatever you are doing in your career, you are better at putting yourself forward for new things.
    You can also learn the basics of how to edit videos, you could learn coding or design, or how to write a good presentation.
    These are the things you could be spending time on, on your non-studying time, working on these different skills.
  2. Experiment More With Side Hustles: The reason for this is that when you are a student, this is the perfect time to experiment with different side hustles, where the stakes are pretty low.
    Now at this point, some people are very anti-side hustle, they are like “University is for enjoying yourself, not for trying to make money” But, would you say No to having extra money when you are working?

    Most people find themselves in a job that they don’t actually enjoy, that doesn’t provide meaning and fulfillment. Especially in a place like Nigeria where there are not really jobs out there for university graduates. If you have the skills to make money on the side, then you are not tethered necessarily or stranded after your university. You already have what you can do, and likely enjoy making money.

    You should be experimenting with side hustles, learning how to build a business, and learning the skills involved in making money. That means that at least in that part of your life, you have more autonomy, you have more control, you have more choice.
    6 Side Hustles Ideas For Students
  3. Take More Photos: It will be so nice to look back on those memories of seeing you and your friends hanging out or studying or whatever that might be. There is really something nice about being able to relive those memories of student life by virtue of having taken photos.
  4. Surround Yourself With Energizers: You know that feeling where some of the friends you hang out with,  really lift your energy levels, but you might have some friends in your life, whom you hang out with and it dampens your energy levels
    It is better to nudge more time towards the energizers. It is less about time management and more about energy management.
    If you are surrounding yourself with people raising your energy level, it just makes your whole life more enjoyable, but it also gives you more energy to be able to apply to your studies and also apply to the important things outside studying.
    Whereas, if you are spending your time with people draining your energy, then you have less energy to give to your studies. And now,  you have to work harder and it feels less fun and you have less spare time on other things we’ve talked about above.
    Not really saying you should cut off yourself from friends draining your energy, but at least, nudge your time towards the people that are lifting you up rather than the people bringing you down.


Your time as a student is a precious phase in your life, filled with opportunities for personal growth and lifelong memories. By incorporating these eight strategies into your university experience, you can enhance your journey and lay a strong foundation for a successful future. Remember that the actions you take today will shape your tomorrow.

Our Turn!

If you get to the end of this article, I like you to leave in the comment section “What did you take away?” and in particular, “What action point will you take?” It is somehow pointless if you are not going to take some kind of action away from this. I would love to hear, a bit of accountability from you and me. Share them in the comment section below, let’s learn together!

Mine, anyways, I can say what I learned is living in my calendar, as a way to manage my time, and also my takeaway from this post is joining clubs and societies, I will also take to attending more Church programs also, these are my action points. I need to take action immediately. Let me hear yours too!

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Past Questions

UNIZIK Post UTME Past Question [Free PDF Download]



Are you ready to unlock the doors to academic excellence and embark on a journey to Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)? If you’re aiming to secure your spot at this prestigious institution, then you’re in the right place! At 9jabaz, we understand the significance of the Post UTME examination in your pursuit of higher education. That’s why we’re thrilled to offer you FREE UNIZIK Post UTME Past Questions in PDF format.

The Importance of UNIZIK Post UTME

The UNIZIK Post UTME examination is your golden opportunity to demonstrate your readiness for the academic challenges that await you. It’s a crucial step in the admissions process, and your performance here can significantly impact your chances of joining this renowned institution. Preparing for the post-UTME is not just a necessity; it’s a strategy for success.

Download by Faculty for Tailored Preparation

You can download past questions that are specific to your field of interest. Whether you’re diving into the world of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Medical Sciences, or Management and Social Sciences, we’ve got you covered. Tailor your preparation to match your ambitions!

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These subjects are essential for many UNIZIK courses, and brushing up on them can give you the edge you need to excel in your post- UTME.

Explore Our Study Tips Articles

We’re not stopping there! We understand that effective study techniques are the keys to success. That’s why we’ve crafted some valuable study tips articles to help you along the way:

  1. How to Learn Anything: Discover the secrets to mastering any subject with our comprehensive guide.
  2. The Art of Reading More Efficiently and Effectively: Uncover the techniques that will allow you to absorb information like a pro.
  3. The 5-R’s For Effective Note Taking: Take your note-taking skills to the next level with our proven strategies.

Fun Facts About UNIZIK

Here’s a fun fact about UNIZIK to inspire your academic journey: Did you know that UNIZIK, also known as Nnamdi Azikiwe University, was named in honor of Nigeria’s first President, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe? It’s a university with a rich history and an enduring commitment to academic excellence.




In conclusion, your path to UNIZIK is filled with opportunities, and we’re here to help you make the most of them. Download your FREE UNIZIK Post UTME Past Questions by faculty from 9jabaz today. Tailor your preparation, explore additional resources, and set yourself up for success. Remember, at UNIZIK, you’re not just pursuing an education; you’re embarking on a remarkable journey of growth and discovery. So, seize this chance, prepare diligently, and let UNIZIK be the canvas on which you paint your academic masterpiece!

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6 Side Hustle Ideas For Students



Six Side Hustle Ideas for Students and Beyond

Acknowledgment: This valuable information is sourced from a YouTube video that I recently watched, and I’m excited to share the insights with you. If you’re interested in exploring the original video for a more detailed explanation, you can watch it here.

If you have the time and data, you can watch the original video, as it provides a more comprehensive explanation of these side hustles. However, if you prefer a quick summary or don’t have the time for videos, you can continue reading for a concise overview, I also added my ideas.

Six Side Hustle Ideas for Students and Beyond

Today, I want to discuss six side hustle ideas that can benefit not only students but anyone looking to diversify their income streams.

First and foremost, let’s dispel the notion of a “get-rich-quick” scheme. The truth is, there’s no magic formula for making money. It’s essential to understand that there’s no magic formula for making money. The fundamental principle is simple: you earn by providing value to those willing to pay for it. Making money, then, is a skill—one that you can understand and apply in your own unique way.

Why Explore Side Hustles?

If you’re reading this, you’re likely interested in creating an additional income source. It’s not just about money; it’s about the freedom that money can provide. Extra income means the freedom to pursue your passions and not rely solely on a single job for financial security.

Making Money through Side Hustles

To succeed in side hustles, remember the golden rule: you make money when you offer something valuable to people who are willing to pay for it. There are three primary avenues to achieve this. Now, let’s explore three vehicles through which you can provide value and generate income:

  1. Services: Provide a skill or service that others find valuable.
  2. Products: Create and sell something in demand.
  3. Content: In the digital age, creating content can be monetized through platforms where advertisers are willing to pay for the attention you attract.

The Ideal Side Hustle

An ideal side hustle should possess three essential qualities:

  1. Flexibility: It shouldn’t restrict your time or lifestyle.
  2. Enjoyability: It should be something you find enjoyable and not overly burdensome. The sweet spot is when it feels like play to you but work to others, making it sustainable and profitable.
  3. Financial Potential: Your return on investment should make sense over the long term.

The Problem with Content Business

The problem with content-based businesses is that, initially, for an unspecified length of time, you might operate at a loss. You are kind of in the negative because you put a lot of time and effort into this thing and you tend not to make money immediately. It takes time and effort to create valuable content and build an audience. Content business doesn’t offer quick returns; it’s more like a J-curve business.

A Quicker Way with Service Business

A quicker way to make money, without the J-curve, is through service-based businesses. This leads us to some service-oriented side hustles. For those seeking faster returns without the J-curve, service-based businesses offer an alternative.

The 6 Side Hustle Ideas

With these principles in mind, let’s delve into five exciting side hustle ideas:

  1. Writing: Start by writing regularly about your interests. Build an audience genuinely interested in your work and eventually monetize through sponsorships (for example). The key here is to ensure your writing provides real value to readers.
  2. Content Curation: Different from content creation, curation involves summarizing, analyzing, or recommending existing content. There are people who just curate Insight and create summaries of books they read or post book recommendations, not really creating anything. They use this to get a large audience and then monetize it. While it might not bring immediate profits, it’s a long-term venture. Build your audience first, then explore monetization options.
  3. Thumbnail Design: Many YouTubers understand the importance of eye-catching thumbnails. You can offer your services as a thumbnail designer, a flexible, enjoyable, and profitable gig. This is just an example/idea of a service for someone who is willing to pay money for that service.

    Tip: If you want to Impress potential clients, recreate some of their thumbnails and make sure they look better than what they have before and prayerfully send them an email, you have a good chance to get the job.

    Remember, there are no free ways to make money, you have to provide a skill or value and sometimes, it takes time to provide that value.
  4. Research Assistant: Big creators or authors who write multiple books will always need some sort of help when it comes to research. So, if you are the sort of person who can research on the internet or enjoys reading books or scientific articles, understand them, and also tease out insights from them. It is an incredibly highly valued skill that you can provide as a service to people who are willing and delighted to pay for that service.
  5. Web Design: The demand for web designers is high, but quality is paramount.
    There is a claim that there are not-so-good web designers out there, and there is a high demand for web designers. So if you want to make web design as a side hustle, then you’ve gotta learn skill and be good because money is an exchange of value and once you are very good, then it is easy to find someone who is delighted to pay for the service, provided you are good, and you find the right tool to people.

    I don’t really like the idea of finding clients on freelancing websites, like Upwork or Fiverr because there is just too much competition out there and it is quite hard to stand out.

    The path I would like to take if l were a web designer is the path @henrycubed on Twitter took. He taught himself how to design websites in Webflow, spent six months learning the skills, and became so good at designing websites that he designed his personal portfolio website. With that, went big on Twitter and started engaging with web designers and started to respect his work as well, and then he managed to land a bunch of really high-paying clients.
    He achieved this with dedication and practice.
  6. Video Editing: You could be a video editor!!! I have been wondering how many people are video editors, I don’t think there are many, and we watch movies every day! The demand for video editing is high. You could be a video editor for a YouTuber, or even content creators! They need Videos. When you learn it and become so very good. I am sure it will be easy for you to get clients.

Remember, making money often involves providing value or skills, and it may take time to establish your reputation. Choose the side hustle that aligns with your interests and talents and take action to embark on your journey toward financial freedom.

Your Turn!

If you get to the end of this article, I like you to leave in the comment section “What did you take away?” and in particular, “What action point will you take?” It is somehow pointless if you are not going to take some kind of action away from this. I would love to hear, a bit of accountability from you and me.

Do you also have side hustle ideas? Share them in the comment section below, let’s learn together!

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OAU Cut-Off Mark For All Departments & How To Calculate Your Aggregate



Understanding OAU Aggregate Cut-off Marks, UTME Cut-off, and Calculating Your Score


In your quest to secure admission into Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), understanding the concept of aggregate cut-off marks is crucial. In this post, we will delve into what cut-off marks mean, the UTME cut-off for OAU, how to calculate your aggregate score after the Post UTME, and provide a link to our detailed guide on OAU Post UTME registrations.

What is a Cut-off Mark? A cut-off mark is the minimum score a candidate must obtain in an examination to be considered for admission into a university or any other educational institution. In the case of OAU, it’s the minimum score required for each department to accept applicants into their programs.

UTME Cut-off Mark for OAU: Before we proceed, it’s important to note that the UTME cut-off mark for OAU is 200. This means that to be eligible to participate in the Post UTME screening, you must have scored a minimum of 200 in the UTME (JAMB) examination.

How to Calculate Your Aggregate Score after Post UTME:

In calculating your OAU aggregate, it is important to note that both UTME, OAU post UTME and O’level result must be considered together. O’level take just 10%, JAMB UTME takes 50% and Post UTME takes 40%. In total, everything is 100%. Now lets see how you can calculate your aggregate.

Step 1: Simply divide your Jamb score by 8
Step 2: Next, add it to your post UTME score.
Step 3: Now calculate your O’level result using thegrading system below:
A1-2.0 points
B2-1.8 points
B3-1.6 points
C4-1.4 points
C5-1.2 points
C6-1.0 points

Note: This should be used to calculate the 5 subjects that are related to your desired course of study.
Step 4: Add the results in step 1, 2 and 3 above and thatis your aggregate score.

Example:below is the calculation for a student who scored 280 in JAMB, 26 in OAU post UTME and had A,B2, B2, B3 and B3 in his O’level result.
Jamb score 280/8 = 35
Post UTME = 26
O’level = 2+1.8+1.8+1.6+1.6 = 8.8
His aggregate score is = 35+26+8.8 = 69.8

Check the OAU Departmental Cut-off Mark: Every department at OAU has its specific cut-off mark, which is usually released by the university.

Link to OAU Post UTME Registration Guide: For detailed instructions on how to register for OAU’s Post UTME, click here. This guide will walk you through the registration process, including important dates, requirements, and tips to ensure a successful application.

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Link to OAU Post UTME Past Questions: If you’re looking to excel in your OAU Post UTME, don’t miss the opportunity to practice with our comprehensive Post UTME Past Questions. Access them here.

Understanding OAU Aggregate Cut-off Marks Faculty by Faculty: One of the most critical aspects of your OAU admission journey is knowing the specific cut-off marks for each department. You can find the detailed cut-off marks for each faculty right here in this post. Here’s a faculty-wise breakdown:

  • Faculty of Arts:

  • Faculty of Law:

  • Faculty of Science:

  • Faculty of Technology:

  • Faculty of Environmental Design and Management:

  • College of Health Sciences:

  • Faculty of Education:

  • Faculty of Social Sciences:

  • Faculty of Administration

Interesting Facts About OAU:

Before we conclude, let’s take a moment to appreciate some fascinating facts about Obafemi Awolowo University:

  1. Historical Significance: OAU, formerly known as the University of Ife, was founded in 1961 and was later renamed in honor of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, a renowned Nigerian statesman and the first premier of the Western Region.
  2. Lush Green Campus: The university boasts a sprawling and picturesque campus, often referred to as one of the most beautiful in Nigeria, with lush greenery and architectural marvels.
  3. Academic Excellence: OAU consistently ranks among the top universities in Nigeria and Africa. It has produced numerous notable alumni who have excelled in various fields.

  4. Rich Cultural Heritage: The university is known for its rich cultural and artistic heritage, including the famous OAU Amphitheater, which hosts cultural events and performances.
  5. Research and Innovation: OAU is at the forefront of cutting-edge research and innovation in Nigeria, contributing significantly to advancements in science, technology, and the arts.


Understanding the concept of aggregate cut-off marks, knowing the specific cut-off marks for each faculty, and meeting the UTME cut-off of 200 is crucial for prospective OAU students. You can view the detailed cut-off marks for each faculty by following the provided links in this post. Additionally, don’t forget to check out our guide on OAU Post UTME registrations for a comprehensive step-by-step process.

To excel in your preparations, make sure to access our OAU Post UTME Past Questions for valuable practice materials. As you embark on your academic journey, keep in mind the rich history and cultural heritage of OAU, a prestigious institution that continues to shape the future of Nigeria and the continent.

We wish you the best of luck as you pursue your dreams at Obafemi Awolowo University! If you have any questions or need further assistance, please feel free to reach out.

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