Use of English Syllabus for 2015 Jamb CBT Examination

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Use of English Syllabus from Jamb

The main purpose of the Joint Admissions and

Matriculation Board Use of English Course is to prepare

all registered candidates for the ongoing UTME

examination. It is properly designed in to test their

academic achievement of the course curriculum and

aims, which are as follow:

(1) communicate effectively in both written and spoken


(2) have a sound linguistic basis for learning at the

tertiary level.

The syllabus consists of two sections

SECTION A: Comprehension/Summary

SECTION B: Lexis, Structure and Oral Forms



1. Comprehension/Summary

(a) description.

(b) narration.

(c) exposition.

(d) argumentation/persuasion.

(i) Each of the four passages to be set (one will be a close test) should reflect various disciplines and be about 400 words long.

(ii) Questions on the passages, The Potters Wheel by

Chukwuemeka Ike and The Successors by Jerry Agada will

test the following:

(a) Comprehension of the whole or part of each passages.

(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) 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

complex whole, that is; the ability to make

generalizations from specific ideas mentioned in the

passages, such generalizations involve identifying the

mood or tone of the writer, his attitude to the subject

matter, his point of view, etc. In this regard, synthesis is a

higher-level skill than summary.


Candidates should be able to:

i. identify main points in passages;

ii. determine implied meaning;

iii. identify the grammatical functions of words, phrases

and clauses and figurative idiomatic expression;

iv. deduce or infer the writer's opinion, mood, attitude to the subject matter, etc.


2. Lexis, Structural and Oral Forms

2.1 Lexis and Structure

(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 (words in their denotative or

dictionary sense), figurative usage (expressions used in

ways other than literal) and idiomatic usage (expressions

whose meanings cannot be determined hrough a mere

combination of individual words) are to be tested.


Idioms to be tested will be those expressed in standard

British English (i.e those with universal acceptability).


Candidates should be able to:

i. use words and expressions in their ordinary, figurative

and idiomatic contexts;

ii. determine similar and opposite meanings:

iii. differentiate between correct and incorrect

punctuation and spelling;

iv. identify various grammatical pattern in use;

v. interpret information conveyed in sentences.


2.2 Oral Forms

(a)Vowels (monophthongs and diphthongs.

(b)Consonants (including clusters).

(c)Rhymes (homophones).

(d)Stress (word, sentence and emphatic).



Sentence stress should not be mistaken or emphatic or

contrastive stress.It involves the placement of normal

stress on content words (nouns, main verbs, adjectives

and adverbs) in an utterance. Here, no emphasis or

contrast is intended. For example, the words see and soon would normally be stressed in the sentence, Til see you soon*.


Candidates should be able to:

i. distinguish correct from incorrect vowels;

ii. differentiate correct from incorrect consonants;

iii.identify silent letters, vowel length, consonant clusters,


iv. determine appropriate uses of stress in words

(monosyllable, disyllable and polysyllable) and in

sentences (emphatic/contrastive);

v. detect partial and complete rhymes




(a)2 comprehension passages (10 questions in all, 3

marks each) = 30 marks

(b)I cloze passage (10 questions in all, 2 marks each) = 20


(c)2 texts (The Potter's Wheel 10 questions -15 marks

and The Successors 5 questions-10 marks) = 25 marks


Lexis, Structure and Oral Forms

(a)Sentence interpretation (10 questions in all, 2 marks

each) = 20 marks

(b)Antonyms (opposite in meaning 10 questions in all,

1 mark each) = 10 marks

(c)Synonyms (same in meaning 10 questions in all, 1

mark each) = 10 marks

(d)Sentence completion (filling in the gaps 20

questions in all, 1 mark each) = 20 marks

(e)Oral forms (15 questions in all, 1 mark each) =15

marks Total: 100 questions = 150 marks


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