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This information is for newly admitted students at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria (Abu). We congratulate you on your admission and will guide you through what you need to know about the university.

Abu Rules & Regulation

Conduct Of Examinations

Students are expected to maintain decorum and a high sense of moral conduct during examinations.

1.Examination and Evaluation

Students will be examined and evaluated in all courses registered for. Basic theoretical courses will be evaluated through continuous assessment and end of semester examinations. It is mandatory for students to perform satisfactorily in both the continuous assessment and examinations to progress in their choice of study. Various methods of evaluation to be adopted are as described below:

  • Continuous Assessment: This may be in form of an assignment, mid-semester test or group work as may be deemed necessary by the lecturer. Continuous Assessment will be employed as a veritable tool to evaluate student’s knowledge and understanding of all they have been exposed to through lectures, discussions, assignments and personal reading. Continuous assessment will not carry more than 40% of the total mark for each course.
  • Group Work: Here, students are given liberty to discuss with fellow group members
    for individual conclusions to be drawn.
  • Assignments: These will be graded by lecturers. The university frowns on any student who ‘steals’ ideas from fellow students or plagiarizes. It is expected that all assignments are written in English language. Completion of assignments by students and marking by staff will be tied to time, as deadlines will be given for both. Marked scripts will be returned to students on specific dates to enable students read the lecturer’s comments and evaluation. The university will orientate all appointed lecturers with the principles of fairness, diligence and  conscientious service. A process of seeking redress by aggrieved students exists.
  • Examination: This is used for students’ overall performance during the semester.
    There will be a mid-semester test and an end-of-semester examination in all courses offered. Students will be expected to make themselves available for those tests and examinations. They will be examined in all courses offered based on the lectures given by the lecturers, recommended texts, assignment and research work during the semester.
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Each college and department will make the timetable available at least two weeks to the commencement of the examination.

Use of mobile phones and other communication equipment will not be allowed in the examination hall as they will be regarded as tools for examination malpractices.

Both the examination and continuous assessment will be used for final grading. Examination carries 60%, continuous assessments(Test and Assignments)30% and class attendance 10%.

Now that we’ve covered the school’s rules and regulations, let’s move on to what you can do to make your educational experience at a.b.u as easy and enjoyable as possible.

What you should do to make your academic life easier

1. You should know that your performance in your first session (100 level) has greater impact on the class of degree you will graduate with.

Don’t be carried away by the seeming total freedom in school. If you fail to build your G.P in your 100 level, it will be pretty hard for you to do so at other levels.

2. You should identify yourself with at least one fellowship in school. A fellowship that is concerned about your spiritual welfare and also aid you when you are in need. It’s important.

3. Be careful when looking for a roommate. Some people’s roommate have landed in terrible problems in school. If you can stay alone, it will save you a lot of trouble.

4. Resist the urge to skip lectures or failing to do your assignments. You should know that your continuous assessment are as important as your examinations as your CA constitute 30% of your grade.

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This implies that if you are able to get 25/30 in your continuous assessment by attending lectures, writing tests and doing assignments, you will only need 45 marks out of 70 in your exams to make A.

5. Learn to manage your resources and avoid extravagant spending.

You should know that you are not in competition with anybody in school. Over there, you will see people from different walks of life: Rich and affluent, Yahoo guys, middle class and others. Live within your means and do not envy anybody.

6. Choose your friends wisely. Everybody must not be your friend. Look out for people who have the same purpose as you. They will help you in smashing your goals easily.

Spend time with people who add value and quality to your life not those who revel in endless idling.

7. Stay healthy and eat well. One of the ailment most students in the university suffer is Ulcer which happens when they do not have time enough to eat.

Food is very important. Don’t ever go for your classes on empty stomach. Even if you will, endeavor to take snacks or anything that can sustain you till when you will eat proper food.

Eat fruits too.

8. Stay safe and stay out of trouble. It is not compulsory you must attend every social event in school. Beware of some parties too.

9. Do not ever feel like you know it all. Ask questions from your senior colleagues, lecturers and friends who knows more than you do.

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If you have the money, you can also be attending tutorials too. Night classes is good too if you can cope with the stress.

10. Above all, never underestimate the help of God. Be prayerful because there’s a lot to the university life than meets the eye.

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We congratulate all of the candidates who have been accepted into Ahmadu Bello University. ​

I wish you all the best.❤

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