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JAMB Syllabus for English Language | 2021 UTME Version

JAMB Syllabus for English Language. This is the Updated and Official Version for the 2021 UTME.

If you have registered or plan registering for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) popularly called JAMB. Then AllSchool is pleased to inform you that you need adequate preparations for you to score above 300 in JAMB/UTME.

The truth is 300+ is achievable! But you must prepare, most importantly prepare with the adequate materials/books. Consequently JAMB have released their syllabus to enable students prepare and excel.

PLEASE NOTE: After listing out recommended text-books below, you will see an option to view syllabus for other subjects.

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JAMB Syllabus is a place where JAMB listed out all the subject topic and textbooks candidates needs. The amazing part of this syllabus is that, in each topic, JAMB will tell you what you should be able to do after reading the topic. This is to make sure you don’t get scared with questions that will appear.

The JAMB syllabus we will show you today is JAMB English Syllabus for 2018 UTME. Please postpone your reading! Pick your textbook now and start reading. AllSchool is promising you that you will not regret it.

Below is the JAMB syllabus for English Language. It is categorized in three topics, under each topic is objective (what student should be able to know after reading the topic) content (the content in the topic).

Official JAMB Syllabus for English Language


You can CLICK HERE to download the JAMB Syllabus for English 2021 PDF or continue reading it on this website below.

The online syllabus…



Candidates should be able to:

  1. identify main points/topic sentences in passages.
  2. determine implied meaning.
  3. identify the grammatical functions of words, phrases, clauses and figurative/idiomatic expressions.
  4. deduce or infer the writer’s intentions including mood, attitude to the subject matter and opinion.


  1. Description.
  2. Narration.
  3. Exposition.
  4. Argumentation/Persuasion.
  1. Each of the three passages to be set (one will be a close test) should reflect various disciplines and be about 200 words long.
  2. Questions on the passages will test the following:
    1. Comprehension of the whole or part of each passage.
    2. Comprehension of words, phrases, clauses, sentences, figures of speech and idioms as used in the passages.
    3. Coherence and logical reasoning (deductions, inferences, etc).
    5. Synthesis of ideas from the passages.

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



Candidates should be able to:

  1. identify words and expressions in their ordinary, figurative and idiomatic contexts.
  2. determine similar and opposite meaning of words.
  3. differentiate between correct and incorrect punctuation and spelling.
  4. identify various grammatical patterns in use.
  5. interpret information conveyed in sentences.


  1. Synonyms.
  2. Antonyms.
  3. Homonyms.
  4. Clause and sentence patterns.
  5. Word classes and their functions.
  6. Mood, tense, aspect, number, agreement/concord, degree (positive, comparative and superlative) and question tags.
  7. Punctuation and spelling.
  8. 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:

  1. make distinctions between vowel types.
  2. differentiate between consonant types.
  3. identify correct accentuation in individual words and connected speech.


  1. Vowels (monophthongs and diphthongs.
  2. Consonants (including clusters).
  3. Rhymes (including homophones).
  4. Word stress (monosyllabic and polysyllabic).
  5. Intonation (words emphatic stress).

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


  1. Practice in Spoken English for Intermediate and Advanced Learners, by Attah, M. O.
  2. English Lexis and Structure for Senior Secondary Schools and colleges (Revised Edition), by Bamgbose, A.
  3. New Oxford Secondary English Course Book Six for Senior Secondary Schools by Banjo, A .
  4. Essential Oral English for Schools and Colleges , by Caesar, O. J.
  5. Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary, by Daniel Jones.
  6. Mastering English Usage and Communication Skills, by Egbe, D. I.
  7. Oral English for Schools and Colleges, by Elugbe, B.
  8. Senior English Project 3, (New Edition) by Grant, N. J. H.
  9. Round-up English: A Complete Guide by Idowu, O. O.
  10. Oral English at Your Fingertips for Schools and Colleges by Idris, U.
  11. Grammar and Composition in the G.S.M. Age by Igiligi, E. C. and Ogenyi, S. O
  12. Oral English for Schools and Colleges: A teaching and Learning Approach, by Jauro, L. B.
  13. Common Errors in English, by Nnamonu, S. and Jowitt, D 
  14. University Matriculation Use of English,(Fourth Edition) by Obinna, M. F
  15. Countdown English Language, (Revised Edition), by Ogunsanwo, O. Duruaku
  16. The Silent Teacher by Olatoye, S
  17. Intensive English for Senior Secondary School 3, by Oluikpe, B. O. A.
  18. Objective Tests for School Certificate English: Practice in Lexis, Structure and Idiom (Reprinted Edition), by Tomori, S. H. O 
  19. Catch-up English for SSCE/UME by Ukwuegbu, C, Okoro

That’s it! If you have any questions, please feel free to express yourself using the comment box below.

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If JAM applicants will prepare and cover this syllabus, they will definitely perform well in the exam. Its just unfortunate that no one want to read again.

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