JAMB 2024/2025 Syllabus for Use of English is Out | Download PDF

Use of English syllabus for the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination is out. You can now download the full syllabus on this page if you are writing the forthcoming examination.

Syllabus Overview

Examination TypeUTME / Direct Entry
Examination Year2024/2025
SyllabusUse of English
File FormatPDF
File Size121 KB

For candidates aspiring to score high in the 2024 UTME, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Use of English syllabus serves as the essential tool. Candidates are advised to download and review the English Language syllabus.

Mastering the syllabus will not only boost your confidence but will help you with the communication skills and comprehension needed you need to scale through the forthcoming examination.

Recommended: Check JAMB 2024 Syllabus For All Subjects


The JAMB English Language syllabus is divided into three key areas: Comprehension and Summary, Lexis and Structure, Oral and Written Expression.

You can also read variety of texts, including novels, newspapers, essays, and poems, to expand your vocabulary and understanding of different writing styles.

General Objectives

The aim of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) syllabus in Use of English is to guide candidates in their preparation for the Board’s examination. It is designed to evaluate the candidates’ ability to:

  1. Communicate effectively in both written and spoken English; and
  2. Use English Language for learning at the tertiary level.

JAMB 2024 Syllabus for Use of English

A. Comprehension and Summary

(a) description
(b) narration
(c) exposition
(d) 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

(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) Approved Reading Text The Life
Changer by Khadija Abubakar
(e) Synthesis of ideas from the


Synthesis of ideas means the art of combining distinct or separate pieces of information to form a complete whole as summary.
Candidates should be able to:

i. identify main points/topic sentences in passages;

ii. determine implied meanings;

iii. identify the grammatical functions of words, phrases, clauses and figurative /idiomatic expressions; and

iv. deduce or infer the writers’ intentions including mood, attitude to the subject matter and opinion.
B. Lexis and Structure

(a) synonyms
(b) antonyms
(c) clause and sentence patterns
(d) word classes and their functions
(e) mood, tense, aspect, number,
agreement/concord, degree (positive,
comparative and superlative) and question
(f) mechanics
(g) ordinary usage, figurative usage and
idiomatic usage.


Idioms to be tested are those that are formal and expressed in Standard British English. (SBE
Candidates should be able to:

i. identify words and expressions in their ordinary, figurative and idiomatic contexts;

ii. determine similar and opposite meanings of words;

iii. differentiate between correct and incorrect spellings;

iv. identify various grammatical patterns in use; and
v. interpret information conveyed in sentences.
C. Oral Forms

(a) Vowels (monothongs, diphthongs and
(b) Consonants (including clusters)
(c) Rhymes (including homophones)
(d) Word stress (monosyllabic and polysyllabic)
(e) Emphatic stress (in connected speech)


Emphatic stress involves the placement of stress on words in an utterance for the purpose of emphasis.
Candidates should be able to:

i. make distinctions among vowel types;

ii. differentiate among consonant types; and

iii. identify correct pronunciation of individual words and articulation of connected speech.

Download JAMB 2024 Syllabus for Use of English

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Yes, JAMB has released the 2024 syllabus which can be download on this page or on the JAMB portal.

This depends on your course of study. Mathematics is compulsory for most science subjects like Engineering.

4 subjects. English language is compulsory for all candidates.

No, the JAMB syllabus is not always the same every year. The syllabus is subject to modification at any year.

Yes, JAMB follows its syllabus. However, you can read broad and prepare thoroughly for the forthcoming exams.

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