JAMB Syllabus for English Language 2022: Download PDF

Here is the complete JAMB syllabus for English language 2022/2023. It contains all the topics and area of concentration which you need to read under the use of English in order to score very high in JAMB. In other words, it gives you the area of concentration in preparation for your JAMB examination.

Scoring above 300 in JAMB starts from reading the relevant topics. No need going to waste your time covering a whole English language textbook when you can read few topics/pages and get a good score.

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Below are the topics on English/Syllabus which you need to read in preparation for JAMB.

JAMB syllabus for English language

1. Comprehension/Summary



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.


(a) description

(b) narration

(c) exposition

(d) argumentation/persuasion


(i) Each of the two 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) The Life Changer by Khadija Abubakar Jalli

(e) Synthesis of ideas from the passages.


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

2. Lexis and Structure



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.


(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.


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

3. Oral Forms



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.


(a) Vowels (monothongs and diphthongs)

(b) Consonants (including clusters)

(c) Rhymes (including homophones)

(d) Word stress (monosyllabic and polysyllabic)

(e) Intonation (words emphatic stress)


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





SECTION A: Comprehension/Summary

(a) 1 comprehension passage – 5 questions

(b) I cloze passage – 10 questions

(c) 1 reading text – 10 questions

SECTION B: Lexis and Structure

(a) Sentence interpretation – 5 questions

(b) Antonyms – 5 questions

(c) Synonyms – 5questions

(d) Sentence completion – 10 questions

SECTION C: Oral Forms

10 questions

Total: 60 questions

End of JAMB Syllabus for English language


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