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JAMB Use of English Syllabus 2021 and Recommended Texts for UTME

Filed in Exam, Jamb News by on May 31, 2021

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JAMB English language Syllabus is Out! The 2021 JAMB Use of English Syllabus which is aimed at preparing candidates for the Board’s UTME is now available on our site. Continue reading to see the complete topics and recommended texts in the JAMB 2021 Use of English syllabus on this post.

JAMB Use of English Syllabus 2021

In the 2021 JAMB Use of English Syllabus, its course objectives are as follows:

1. Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the concepts of the diversity interdependence and unity of life;
2. Account for continuity of life through reorganization, inheritance and evolution;
3. Apply biological principles and concepts to everyday life, especially to matters affecting living things, individual, society, the environment, community health and the economy.

Complete 2021 JAMB Use of English Syllabus

– Comprehension/Summary


1. Description

2. Narration

3. Exposition

4. Argumentation/persuasion
(i) Each of the three passages to be set (one will be a cloze test) should reflect various disciplines and be about 200 words long.
(ii) Questions on the passages will test the following:
(a) Comprehension of the whole or part of each passage.
(b) Comprehension of words, phrases, clauses, sentences, figures of speech and idioms as used in the passages.
(c) Coherence and logical reasoning (deductions, inferences, etc).
(d) Novels to be Read:
(i.) UTME Candidates: “The Life Changer” by Khadija Abubakar Jalli
(ii.) DE Candidates: The Last Days at Forcados High School, A. H. Mohammed.
(e) Synthesis of ideas from the passages.

NOTE: By synthesis of ideas is meant the art of combining distinct or separate pieces of information to form a complete whole.


Candidates should be able to:
i.  Identify main points/topic sentences in passages;
ii. Determine implied meaning;
iii. Identify the grammatical functions of words, phrases, clauses and figurative/idiomatic expressions;
iv. Deduce or infer the writer’s intentions including mood, attitude to the subject matter and opinion.

– Lexis and Structure


(a) Synonyms
(b) Antonyms
(c) Homonyms
(d) Clause and sentence patterns
(e) Word classes and their functions
(f) Mood, tense, aspect, number, agreement/concord, degree (positive, comparative and superlative) and question tags
(g) Punctuation and spelling
(h) Ordinary usage, figurative usage and idiomatic usage are to be tested.

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


Candidates should be able to:
i.  Identify words and expressions in their ordinary, figurative and idiomatic contexts;
ii. Determine similar and opposite meaning of words;
iii. Differentiate between correct and incorrect punctuation and spelling;
iv. Identify various grammatical patterns in use;
v.   Interpret information conveyed in sentences.

– Oral Forms


(a) Vowels (monophthongs and diphthongs
(b) Consonants (including clusters)
(c) Rhymes (including homophones)
(d) Word stress (monosyllabic and polysyllabic)
(e) Intonation (words emphatic stress)

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


Candidates should be able to:

i. Make distinctions between vowel types;
ii. Differentiate between consonant types;
iii. Identify correct accentuation in individual words and connected speech.

Structure of the Examination

Section A: Comprehension/Summary


(a) 2 comprehension passages – 10 questions, 3 marks each = 30 marks
(b) I cloze passage – 10 questions, 2 marks each = 20 marks
(c) 1 reading text – 15 questions, 1 mark each = 15 marks = 65 marks

Section B: Lexis Structure


(a) Sentence interpretation – 10 questions, 2 marks each = 20 marks
(b) Antonyms – 10 questions, 2 marks each = 20 marks
(c) Synonyms – 10 questions, 1 mark each = 10 marks
(d) Sentence completion – 20 questions, 1 mark each = 20 marks = 70 marks

Section C: Oral Forms


15 questions, 1 mark each = 15 marks

Total: 100 questions 65 + 70 + 15 = 150 marks

JAMB English Language Recommended Texts

JAMB English Language Recommended Texts

1. Attah, M. O. (2013) Practice in Spoken English for Intermediate and Advanced Learners, Maiduguri: University of Maiduguri Press

2. Bamgbose, A. (2002) English Lexis and Structure for Senior Secondary Schools and colleges (Revised Edition), Ibadan: Heinemann

3. Banjo, A. et al (2004) New Oxford Secondary English Course Book Six for Senior Secondary Schools, Ibadan: UP Plc.

4. Caesar, O. J. (2003) Essential Oral English for Schools and Colleges, Lagos: Tonad Publishers Limited

5. Daniel Jones (2011) Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

6. Egbe, D. I (1996) Mastering English Usage and Communication Skills, Lagos: Tisons

7. Elugbe, B. (2000) Oral English for Schools and Colleges, Ibadan: Heinemann

8. Grant, N. J. H, Nnamonu, S. Jowitt, D. (1998) Senior English Project 3, (New Edition) Harlow: Longman

9. Idowu, O. O, Sogbeson, T. S, Adofo, A. K. Burgess, D. F and Burgess, L. J. (1998) Round-up English: A Complete Guide, Lagos: Longman

10. Idris, U. (2001) Oral English at Your Fingertips for Schools and Colleges, Lagos, M. Youngbrain Publishers

More Textbooks

11. Igiligi, E. C. and Ogenyi, S. O. (2010) Grammar and Composition in the G.S.M. Age, Enugu: Joe Hills Production Services

12. Jauro, L. B. (2013) Oral English for Schools and Colleges: A teaching and Learning Approach, Yola: Paraclete Publishers.

13. Nnamonu, S. and Jowitt, D. (1989) Common Errors in English, Lagos: Longman

14. Obinna, M. F. (2001) University Matriculation Use of English,(Fourth Edition) Port Harcourt: Sunray Books Limited

15. Ogunsanwo, O. Duruaku, A. B.C, Ezechukwu, J and Nwachukwu, U. I (2005) Countdown English Language, (Revised Edition), Ibadan: Evans

16. Olatoye, S. (2006) The Silent Teacher, Ado-Ekiti: Segun and Sons Enterprises

17. 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.

18. Tomori, S. H. O (2000) Objective Tests for School Certificate English: Practice in Lexis, Structure and Idiom (Reprinted Edition), Ibadan: Heinemann

19. Ukwuegbu, C, Okoro, O., Idris, A. U., Okebukola, F. O. and Owokade, C. O. (2002) Catch-up English for SSCE/UME, Ibadan: Heinemann


FAQs on JAMB Use of English Syllabus

FAQs on JAMB Use of English Syllabus

1. What does the JAMB UTME test?

Ans = JAMB tests your knowledge of 4 subjects from the JAMB syllabus.

2. How much does it cost to take the JAMB examination?

Ans =  JAMB Registration costs N3,500. The recommended text costs N500 and the service fee is N700. That is a total of N4,700 only.

3. Where can I get the complete JAMB syllabus for all subject?

Ans = The complete syllabus is available online. Follow this link to see it.

4. Can I carry out my JAMB registration and write the examination in any cyber cafe?

Ans = No! Candidates are required to register for JAMB and take the examination only at accredited CBT centres.

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