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The effect of the mode of admission on the level of performance of students in NCE Biology was investigated in this study. The study made use of seven years records between 1997 and 2004 when students could be admitted through preliminary studies or by direct entry through JAMB if qualified. The results of the students were analyzed according to their respective mode of admission. Data collected were analyzed with t, f, and Chi square tests as applicable. It was observed that student intake continue to increase from year to year with more females admitted than males within the period under study. Students admitted directly into NCE programme performed significantly better than those that pass through pre-NCE. It was also observed that the mean CGPA reduces as student intake increases. It is recommended that pre-NCE students should be made to write JAMB and Post-JAMB examination to qualify.
Keywords: Direct Entry, mode, Pre–NCE, Pre–Male, Pre–Female, Direct Male, Direct Female, Grade Point Average