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

JAMB Syllabus For English

The latest JAMB syllabus for the use of English 2024/2025 is now online. The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) released this syllabus to assist students in getting ready for their upcoming Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Objectives of the JAMB Syllabus for the Use of English

The JAMB syllabus for the Use of English 2024/2025 is designed to help the candidates get ready for the Board’s examination and to assess their comprehension, knowledge, and skills in the following aspects of the subject:

  • To help the student communicate well in both written and spoken English.
  • To use the English Language for learning at the tertiary level.

Topics Under JAMB Use of English Syllabus

The topics in the JAMB syllabus for the Use of English are divided into three sections. 


  • Description
  • Narration
  • Exposition
  • Argumentation/persuasion
  • 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 as 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.


Candidates should be able to:

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

Lexis and Structure

  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Homonyms
  • Clauses and sentence patterns
  •  Word classes and their functions
  •  Mood, number, agreement/concord, tense, aspect, degree (positive, comparative, and superlative), and question tags
  •  Punctuation and spelling
  •  They are to be tested in ordinary, figurative, and idiomatic usage.

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


Candidates should be able to:

  • Determine words and expressions in their ordinary, figurative, and idiomatic contexts.
  •  Determine similar and opposite meanings of words.
  •  Distinguish between correct and incorrect punctuation and spelling.
  •  Determine various grammatical patterns in use.
  •  Interpret information conveyed in sentences.

Oral Forms

  • 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.


Participants should be able to:

  • Distinguish between vowel types.
  • Make distinctions between consonant types.
  • Determine correct accentuation in individual words and connected speech.

PDF Download of JAMB Syllabus For Use of English 2024/2025

You can now download the JAMB Use of English syllabus as you prepare for your exams.


The JAMB syllabus for English 2024/2025 helps you concentrate on the topics to study as you prepare for the upcoming JAMB exams.

The syllabus guarantees that 99% of the questions asked during the exams will come from it, but it will definitely aid your preparation.

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