JAMB Syllabus for All UTME Subjects
JAMB Syllabus

If you are a science or student preparing to take the 2024 JAMB exam, then you should have the updated JAMB Syllabus for Use of English this year. Having this will give you an edge/advantage in the coming exam as it will serve as a guide to your study.

It's not enough to just study, you need to study the right materials and the right topics for the said subject; in this case, ‘Use of English'.

As you already know, this subject is compulsory for both science and art students.

The Use of English syllabus also contains objectives for each topic mentioned. These objectives are what you must know for every topic you study.

With that being said, let's get to it.

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JAMB Syllabus for Use of English Exam 2024

JAMB Syllabus for All UTME Subjects

The JAMB Use of English syllabus contains three (3) sections;

  • Section A: Comprehension and Summary
  • Section B: Lexis and Structure
  • Section C: Oral Forms



Candidates should be able to do the following:

  • Identify main points/topic sentences in passages;
  • determine implied meaning;
  • identify the grammatical functions of words, phrases, clauses, and figurative /idiomatic expressions;
  • deduce or infer the writer's intentions, including mood, attitude to the subject matter, and opinion.


  • description
  • narration
  • exposition
  • argumentation/persuasion
    • Each of the two passages to be set (one will be a cloze test) should reflect various disciplines and be about 200 words long.
    • Questions on the passages will test the following:
      • Comprehension of the whole or part of each passage.
      • Comprehension of words, phrases, clauses, sentences, figures of speech, and idioms used in the passages.
      • Coherence and logical reasoning (deductions, inferences, etc.).
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      • Synthesis of ideas from the passages.

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

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Lexis and Structure


Candidates should be able to do the following:

  • identify words and expressions in their ordinary, figurative, and idiomatic contexts;
  • determine similar and opposite meanings of words;
  • differentiate between correct and incorrect punctuation and spelling;
  • identify various grammatical patterns in use;
  • interpret information conveyed in sentences.


  • 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 are to be tested.

NOTE: Idioms to be tested shall be formal and expressed in standard British English.

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Oral Forms


Candidates should be able to do the following:

  • distinctions between vowel types;
  • Differentiate between consonant types;
  • Identify correct accentuation in individual words and connected speech.


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

NOTE: Emphatic stress involves the placement of normal stress on words in an utterance for emphasis.

The Structure of the JAMB Use of English Exam

JAMB Syllabus

SECTION AComprehension/Summary

(a) One comprehension passage – 5 questions
(b) I cloze passage – 10 questions
(c) One reading text – 10 questions

SECTION BLexis and Structure

(a) Sentence interpretation – 5 questions
(b) Antonyms – 5 questions
(c) Synonyms – 5 questions
(d) Sentence completion – 10 questions


Ten questions

Total: 60 questions

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  • 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
  • Idowu, O. O, Sogbesan, T. S, Adofo, A. K. Burgess, D. F and Burgess, L. J. (1998). Round-up English: A Complete Guide, Lagos: Longman
  • Idris, U. (2001). Oral English at Your Fingertips for Schools and Colleges, Lagos, M. Youngbrain Publishers
  • Igiligi, . 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

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In Summary

There you have it, the updated Exam 2024, and the recommended textbooks you should read to help you pass the exam.

This JAMB Syllabus for Use of English Exam is very important because, without it, you will not know where to concentrate while studying for your exam.

So make good use of this information and let your friends know about this by sharing this post right now with them. You can even form a reading group and discuss the English language syllabus as you get ready for your exam.

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