The Interim Joint Matriculation Board Examination (IJMBE) was established in 1976 by the Interim Common Services Agency (ICSA). ICSA itself was established by the government of the old northern Region of Nigeria to provide educational and social services to the people of the region. The first IJMBE (Interim Joint Matriculation Board Examination) was held in 1977 for all students who had undergone the IJMB post-secondary education program in the existing schools of Basic/Preliminary studies which has replaced the HSC.
It is essentially an Advance Level Examination except for only two subjects offered at the ordinary level. The standard of the examination at both levels is equal to the West African Examination Council (WAEC) at similar levels as candidates use the result of this examination to seek admission at 200 levels in the University through IJMB Direct Entry program.
The Advance Level programs is the Nigerian approved A ‘Level programs which provides intending students into 200Levels of any Nigeria universities of their choices provided the schools acknowledges its certificate and the student score points. Little did we know that so many Nigerian graduates passed through the A ‘levels programs comprising JUPEB, IJMBE and NABTEB and became best students in their various department due to the intensive nature of the program as it is not a Pre degree,OND,NCE but an A ‘Level program.
The program section runs for at least a year with two semesters in between before the final exams. The IJMBE (Interim Joint Matriculation Board Examination) runs between March and January before the final examination in February and March depending on the regulatory body (Ahmadu Bello University) choice of examination calendar.