JAMB Syllabus for English Updated

JAMB Syllabus for English: Your Key to Exam Success –


Are you preparing for the UTME examination and wondering how to score high in the English section? Look no further! In this article, we will delve into the JAMB syllabus for Use of English, the key topic you must study to excel in your examination. By following this syllabus and understanding its objectives, you will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to tackle the English section with confidence and precision. So let’s get started!

Table of Contents

  1. Section A: Comprehension and Summary
    • Objectives
    • Content
  2. Section B: Lexis and Structure
    • Objectives
    • Content
  3. Section C: Oral Forms
    • Objectives
    • Content
  4. The Structure of the Examination
    • Objectives
    • Content
  5. JAMB Recommended Textbooks for English Language
  6. Conclusion
  7. FAQs

Section A: Comprehension and Summary



The objectives of this section are as follows:

  1. Identify main points and topic sentences in passages.
  2. Determine implied meanings.
  3. Identify the grammatical functions of words, phrases, clauses, and figurative/idiomatic expressions.
  4. Deduce or infer the writer’s intentions, including mood, attitude to the subject matter, and opinion.


This section covers various types of passages, including description, narration, exposition, and argumentation/persuasion. Each passage will be approximately 200 words long. The questions in this section will test your comprehension of the passages, including understanding the whole or part of each passage, comprehension of words, phrases, clauses, sentences, figures of speech, and idioms used in the passages, coherence, logical reasoning, and synthesis of ideas from the passages.

Note: Synthesis of ideas refers to combining distinct or separate pieces of information to form a complete whole.

Section B: Lexis and Structure


The objectives of this section are as follows:

  1. Identify words and expressions in their ordinary, figurative, and idiomatic contexts.
  2. Determine similar and opposite meanings of words.
  3. Differentiate between correct and incorrect punctuation and spelling.
  4. Identify various grammatical patterns in use.
  5. Interpret information conveyed in sentences.


This section covers the following topics:

  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Homonyms
  • Clause and sentence patterns
  • Word classes and their functions
  • Mood, tense, aspect, number, agreement/concord, degree (positive, comparative, and superlative), and question tags
  • Punctuation and spelling
  • Ordinary usage, figurative usage, and idiomatic usage.

Note: The idioms tested will be formal and expressed in standard British English.

Section C: Oral Forms


The objectives of this section are as follows:

  1. Make distinctions between vowel types.
  2. Differentiate between consonant types.
  3. Identify correct accentuation in individual words and connected speech.


This section covers the following topics:

  • Vowels (monophthongs and diphthongs)
  • Consonants (including clusters)
  • Rhymes (including homophones)
  • Word stress (monosyllabic and polysyllabic)
  • Intonation (emphatic stress)

Note: Emphatic stress involves placing normal stress on words in an utterance for emphasis.

The Structure of the Examination




The JAMB Use of English examination is divided into three sections:

  1. SECTION A: Comprehension/Summary
    • One comprehension passage (5 questions)
    • One cloze passage (10 questions)
    • One reading text (10 questions)
  2. SECTION B: Lexis and Structure
    • Sentence interpretation (5 questions)
    • Antonyms (5 questions)
    • Synonyms (5 questions)
    • Sentence completion (10 questions)
  3. SECTION C: Oral Forms
    • Ten questions

Total: 60 questions

To enhance your understanding of the English language and improve your performance in the UTME examination, it is recommended that you refer to the following textbooks:

  • Adedimeji, M.A (2021) Doses of Grammar. Patigi. Ahman Pategi University Press.
  • Attah, M. O. (2013). Practice in Spoken English for Intermediate and Advanced Learners, Maiduguri: University of Maiduguri Press.
  • Bamgbose, A. (2002). English Lexis and Structure for Senior Secondary Schools and colleges (Revised Edition), Ibadan: Heinemann
  • Banjo, A. et al. (2004). New Oxford Secondary English Course Book Six for Senior Secondary Schools, Ibadan: UP Plc.
  • Caesar, O. J. (2003). Essential Oral English for Schools and Colleges, Lagos: Tonad Publishers Limited
  • Daniel Jones (2011). Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • Egbe, D. I (1996). Mastering English Usage and Communication Skills, Lagos: Tisons
  • Elugbe, B. (2000). Oral English for Schools and Colleges, Ibadan: Heinemann
  • Grant, N. J. H, Nnamonu, S. Jowitt, D. (1998). Senior English Project 3, (New Edition) Harlow: Longman
  • Idris, U. (2001). Oral English at Your Fingertips for Schools and Colleges, Lagos, M. Youngbrain Publishers
  • Igiligi, E. C. and Ogenyi, S. O. (2010) Grammar and Composition in the G.S.M. Age, Enugu: Joe Hills Production Services
  • Jauro, L. B. (2013). Oral English for Schools and Colleges: A teaching and Learning Approach, Yola: Paraclete Publishers.
  • Nnamonu, S. and Jowitt, D. (1989). Common Errors in English, Lagos: Longman
  • Obinna, M. F. (2001). University Matriculation Use of English,(Fourth Edition) Port Harcourt: Sunray Books Limited
  • Ogunsanwo, O. Duruaku, A. B.C, Ezechukwu, J and Nwachukwu, U. I (2005). Countdown English Language, (Revised Edition), Ibadan: Evans
  • Olatoye, S. (2006). The Silent Teacher, Ado-Ekiti: Segun and Sons Enterprises
  • Oluikpe, B. O. A, Nnaemeka, B. A, Obah, T. Y, Otagburuagu, E. J. Onuigbo, S. and Ogbonna, E. A. (1998). Intensive English for Senior Secondary School 3, Onitsha: Africana – FIRST Publisher.
  • Tomori, S. H. O (2000). Objective Tests for School Certificate English: Practice in Lexis, Structure, and Idiom (Reprinted Edition), Ibadan: Heinemann
  • Ukwuegbu, C, Okoro, O., Idris, A. U., Okebukola, F. O. and Owokade, C. O. (2002). Catch-up English for SSCE/UME, Ibadan: Heinemann

Feel free to explore these textbooks to enhance your knowledge and proficiency in English language skills.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please let us know in the comment section below. Good luck with your preparation for the UTME examination!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Can I rely solely on the JAMB Use of English syllabus for my preparation? Yes, the JAMB Use of English syllabus is specifically designed to cover the necessary topics and objectives for the UTME examination. By studying the syllabus thoroughly, you can prepare effectively for the English language section of the exam.

2. Are the recommended textbooks necessary for my preparation? While the JAMB Use of English syllabus provides a comprehensive guide, referring to the recommended textbooks can further enhance your understanding and knowledge of the English language. These textbooks offer additional explanations, examples, and practice exercises to help you excel in the examination.

3. How can I improve my comprehension skills for the Comprehension and Summary section? To enhance your comprehension skills, practice reading various passages from different disciplines. Focus on identifying the main points, implied meanings, grammatical functions, and the writer’s intentions. Pay attention to coherence, logical reasoning, and the synthesis of ideas. Regular practice and exposure to different texts will help you improve your comprehension abilities.

4. What is the importance of studying Lexis and Structure for the UTME examination? Lexis and Structure are crucial aspects of the English language. By studying this section, you will gain a deeper understanding of words, expressions, synonyms, antonyms, grammatical patterns, punctuation, spelling, and sentence interpretation. Mastering these aspects will significantly enhance your language skills and performance in the examination.

5. How can I improve my oral forms skills for the Oral Forms section? To enhance your oral forms skills, focus on distinguishing between vowel types and consonant types. Pay attention to correct accentuation in individual words and connected speech. Practice pronouncing words accurately, emphasizing stress in appropriate places, and conveying meaning effectively through intonation. Regular practice and listening to native speakers will help you develop your oral forms skills.

We hope these FAQs have addressed your concerns. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section. Happy studying and best of luck for your UTME examination!

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