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2024/2025 JAMB Use of English Syllabus & Recommended Textbooks

As the 2024/2025 JAMB CBT Examination approaches, it’s crucial for candidates to equip themselves with the right tools for success. This blog post provides a comprehensive guide to the JAMB Use of English Syllabus and recommended textbooks, ensuring that candidates are well-prepared for this essential examination.

Unlocking the JAMB Use of English Syllabus:

The JAMB Use of English examination evaluates candidates on their ability to comprehend simple and complex aspects of the English language. To excel in this section, candidates should familiarize themselves with the following topics outlined in the 2024/2025 JAMB Use of English Syllabus:

  1. Comprehension/Summary
  2. Synonyms
  3. Antonyms
  4. Homonyms
  5. Clause and sentence patterns
  6. Word classes and their functions
  7. Mood, tense, aspect, number, agreement/concord, degree (positive, comparative and superlative), and question tags
  8. Punctuation and spelling
  9. Ordinary usage, figurative usage, and idiomatic usage
  10. Vowels (monophthongs and diphthongs)
  11. Consonants (including clusters)
  12. Rhymes (including homophones)
  13. Word stress (monosyllabic and polysyllabic)
  14. Intonation (words emphatic stress)

Recommended Textbooks for Effective Preparation:

To delve deeper into the outlined topics, candidates are encouraged to explore the following recommended textbooks for the 2024 JAMB Use of English Examination:

  1. Attah, M. O. (2013) – “Practice in Spoken English for Intermediate and Advanced Learners,” Maiduguri: University of Maiduguri Press
  2. Bamgbose, A. (2002) – “English Lexis and Structure for Senior Secondary Schools and Colleges (Revised Edition),” Ibadan: Heinemann
  3. Banjo, A. et al (2004) – “New Oxford Secondary English Course Book Six for Senior Secondary Schools,” Ibadan: UP Plc.
  4. Caesar, O. J. (2003) – “Essential Oral English for Schools and Colleges,” Lagos: Tonad Publishers Limited
  5. Daniel Jones (2011) – “Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary,” Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  6. Egbe, D. I (1996) – “Mastering English Usage and Communication Skills,” Lagos: Tisons
  7. Elugbe, B. (2000) – “Oral English for Schools and Colleges,” Ibadan: Heinemann
  8. Grant, N. J. H, Nnamonu, S. Jowitt, D. (1998) – “Senior English Project 3 (New Edition),” Harlow: Longman
  9. Idowu, O. O, Sogbeson, T. S, Adofo, A. K. Burgess, D. F and Burgess, L. J. (1998) – “Round-up English: A Complete Guide,” Lagos: Longman
  10. Idris, U. (2001) – “Oral English at Your Fingertips for Schools and Colleges,” Lagos: M. Youngbrain Publishers
  11. Igiligi, E. C. and Ogenyi, S. O. (2010) – “Grammar and Composition in the G.S.M. Age,” Enugu: Joe Hills Production Services
  12. Jauro, L. B. (2013) – “Oral English for Schools and Colleges: A Teaching and Learning Approach,” Yola: Paraclete Publishers.
  13. Nnamonu, S. and Jowitt, D. (1989) – “Common Errors in English,” Lagos: Longman
  14. Obinna, M. F. (2001) – “University Matriculation Use of English (Fourth Edition),” Port Harcourt: Sunray Books Limited
  15. Ogunsanwo, O. Duruaku, A. B.C, Ezechukwu, J and Nwachukwu, U. I (2005) – “Countdown English Language (Revised Edition),” Ibadan: Evans
  16. Olatoye, S. (2006) – “The Silent Teacher,” Ado-Ekiti: Segun and Sons Enterprises
  17. Oluikpe, B. O. A, nnaemeka, B. A, Obah, T. Y, Otagburuagu, E. J. Onuigbo, S. and Ogbonna, E. A. (1998) – “Intensive English for Senior Secondary School 3,” Onitsha: Africana – FIRST Publisher.
  18. Tomori, S. H. O (2000) – “Objective Tests for School Certificate English: Practice in Lexis, Structure, and Idiom (Reprinted Edition),” Ibadan: Heinemann
  19. Ukwuegbu, C, Okoro, O., Idris, A. U., Okebukola, F. O. and Owokade, C. O. (2002) – “Catch-up English for SSCE/UME,” Iba


Success in the JAMB Use of English examination requires thorough preparation and a solid understanding of the syllabus. By incorporating these recommended textbooks into your study routine, you’ll be well-equipped to tackle the diverse aspects of the English language tested in the examination.

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