JAMB Syllabus for English Language 2020/2021 PDF Download


The English syllabus of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for 2020/2021 has been released by the management. JAMB Syllabus for Use of English or only English Language is now available for download by candidates who want to prepare for the 2020 JAMB examination.jamb

Do you want to register JAMB For 2019? If so, then you will be needing JAMB Syllabus to prepare and read ahead so as to pass your JAMB very well. Those who are interested in the Jamb Syllabus for English Language which helps them in knowing the Topics they have to study in preparation for Jamb Examination can now be able to access it Below. See Jamb Mathematics Syllabus Here


The aim of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) syllabus in Use of English is to prepare the candidates for the Board’s examination. It is designed to test their achievement of the course objectives, which are to:

(1) Facilitate Effective in both written and spoken English;
(2) have a sound linguistic basis for learning at the tertiary level.

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The syllabus consists of two sections:

SECTION A: Comprehension/Summary

Objectives of Section A Syllabus 

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.

SECTION B: Lexis, Structure and Oral Forms

Objective Of Section B Syllabus

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.

SECTION C: Oral Forms

Sections C Syllabus Objective

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

Download The English Syllabus Here

Grading Based On Jamb Syllabus For English Language

Have you ever wondered how Jamb mark the use of English as it has 100 Questions unlike the normal 50 Questions which are found in other Subjects?

See how it is graded below:

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

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  1. Jamb said use of English is 60questions so why 100 again. I don’t trust this syllabus. And even the syllabus CD is an error (sorry to say) our education system in Nigeria needs to change.

  2. I would like a situation whereby JAMB officials can try their best in order that examination malpractice will not occur.


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