JAMB English Language Past Questions and Answers PDF [Up-to-Date]

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JAMB English Language Past Questions and Answers PDF for 2023/2024 UTME. Below is how to get jamb past questions on english language and How to pass JAMB successfully in 2023 UTME.


Will JAMB Repeat English Language Questions in 2023 UTME

One of the frequent questions I do get from students on UTME is – Do JAMB repeat English Language questions? My response has always been – yes they do.

However, the way JAMB repeat questions in English Language is a little bit tricky, and sometimes they do it directly. All candidates who are writing UTME must know that JAMB secret lie in mastering past questions.

I do tell my students that one of the ways to unfold JAMB secret is to get like 7-12 years past questions in on Mathematics. You have to study the trend and pattern of the questions, its occurrences, and then extract areas/topics JAMB likes bringing out in each subject you are writing.

The above approach is what I referred to as a strategic reading pattern. I will give some examples of how JAMB repeats questions in the case below.


Sample JAMB Past Questions and Answers on English language


Read each passage carefully and answer the questions that follow it.

The approach to the University is being restructured to ease the flow of traffic, give better security and provide an appropriate introduction to a seat of higher learning. The Works and Services Complex is also under construction , and we intend to move into the completed {major} part of it within the next few weeks.

All these projects are being executed with an eye to aesthetics, for we recognize the important influence of a beautiful and healthy environment on its inhabitants and feel that a cluster of buildings on a small space such as we have , should be so well designed as to have a beneficial psychological and sociological effect on all members of the community.

I have gone to these lengths to itemize these examples of current development for two main reason. Firstly , to advise you that the road diversions and other physical inconveniences currently being experienced will be on the increase because of intense development activity. We therefore appeal to you to bear with us in full knowledge and consolation that such inconveniences are temporary and will soon yield final tangible results. Secondly, to demonstrate our capacity for executing approved projects with dispatch, and to assure Government that we are up to the task. Indeed, I can assure Government that its ability to disburse funds to us will be more than matched by our capacity to collect and expend them on executing various worthy projects in record time.


1. From the passage we can gather that
A. there is not muchconsideration for the health of the inhabitants.
B. there is deliberate effort to inconvenience the people
C. buildings are put up anyhow
D. projects are carried out without approval
E. the inconveniences suffered by the inhabitants will be for a while.

2. Unless it can be shown that the money voted for projects can be spent on them in good time.
A. the development activitywill not be intense.
B. it will not be easy to convince theGovernment of our executive ability
C. it will not be difficult to ask Government for funds
D. our final results will be unreliable.
E. the road diversions and other inconveniences will continue.

3. An eye to aesthetics in this passage means
A. regard for space.

B. beneficial psychological effects
C. regard for health

D. consideration for beauty
E. a cluster of buildings.

4. In this passage the author tries to explain why
A. it is necessary to establish theWorks and Services Complex in the University.
B. beauty should not be taken into consideration when building on such a small space as we have
C. the gateway to the university is being rebuilt
D. major part of the project should be completed in the next few weeks.
E. visitors should be debarred from using the gates in themeantime.

5. Which of these is NOT among the reasons given by the author for enumerating the examples of the current
A. to show that we are capable of executing approved projects.
B. to convince the Government that we can be trusted with task.
C. the inconvenience currently being experienced will go on indefinitely.
D. we are fully aware of the inconveniences being caused but we do not want you to complain.
E. we have the capacity to complete worthy projects within the scheduled time.

Is work for prisoners a privilege to save them from the demoralizing effects and misery of endless unoccupied hours? Is it something added to a prison sentence to make it harder and more unpleasant, or something, which should have a positive value as part of a system of rehabilitation?

Those magistrates who clung to sentences of hard labour doubtless looked upon strenuous work as an additional punishment. This point of view is widely accepted as right and proper, but it ignores the fact that unwillingness to work is often one of the immediate causes of criminality. To send prisoners back to the outside world, more than ever convinced that labour is an evil to be avoided, is to confirm them in their old way of life.

It has been said that the purpose of prison work in a programme of rehabilitation is twofold: training for work and training by work. The prisoner, that is to say, needs to be trained in habits of industry; but over and above this, he will gain immeasurably if it is possible to rouse in him the consciousness of self-mastery and of purpose that the completion of any worthwhile piece of work can give to the doer. He may find a pride of achievement in something more satisfying, and more socially desirable, than crime. But these things can only come when the work itself has a purpose and demands an effort.

6. According to the author, some magistrates sentence prisoners to hard labour because.
A. some prisoners are unwilling to work.
B. work is a privilege
C. prisoners need to learn a trade
D. it is an additional punishment
E. it is a means of rehabilitation.

7. Which of these is NOT the purpose ofwork in a programme of rehabilitation?
A. training the prisoners to have satisfaction in work.
B. developing in them a pride in a sense of achievement.
C. developinginthemmoresatisfaction inworkthan in crime.

D. helping themto accelerate their reformand discharge.
E. trainingthemforworkand bywork.

8. The author thinks that strenuous work in prison.
A. is a privilege for the prisoners
B. may domore harm than good
C. is part of their punishment
D. is a right and proper thing
E. should be an additional punishment.

9. What the author is trying to put across in this passage is that
A. crime does not pay
B. prisoners should bemade to work hard
C. work ismore desirable than crime
D. life in prison is one ofmisery.
E. work in prison without a purpose is bad.

10. Demoralizing in this passage means
A. deforming

B. reforming

C. agonizing

D. destructive

E. corrupting.

The Save the Children Fund (SCF) was first started in London on 19th May, 1919 by an English woman — named Miss Jebb. It is now a worldwide organization, dedicated to helping needy children everywhere. The SCF of Malawi was formed in 1953, under the patronage of His Excellency the Life President Ngawazi Dr. H. Kamuzu Banda.

‘Our job in Malawi is to give those unfortunate children the rights that they are deprived of through no fault of theirs. These are internationally recognized as the ten rights of children and include protection, care, food and accommodation, and relief’, a spokesman for the Fund explained.

One of those who benefited from the help of the Fund is Samuel Mpetechula, a graduate of Chancellor. His sponsorship started in 1967. The SCF of Malawi found him sponsors. They were Mr. and Mrs. Sutton of Australia who paid his school fees and continued to help him financially throughout his University education.

Mr. Mpetechula said, ‘They even built a house for me at home and looked after my family while I was a student. They were really helpful to me, and the thought that there were these sponsors caring for me from thousands of kilometers away from here was an encouragement for me to work hard at college’.

Another important function of the work of the SCF is in the field of nutrition. With the help of the Australian Government, the SCF established two nutrition rehabilitation centers for children; one at Mpemba and another in Mulanje. ‘The object of the centre’, explained Mr. Petre Chimbe, the Executive Secretary of the Fund, ‘is to combat malnutrition in children, by giving them the proper food.’

11. In Malawi, the ‘Save the Children Fund’ was formed
A by an English woman namedMiss Jebb in 1919
B. in 1919 under the patronage ofHis Excellency the Life PresidentNgawazi Dr. H. Kamuzu Banda
C. under the patronageof His Excellency the Life President Ngawazi Dr.H.KamuzuBanda in 1953
D. in 1953 by a group of social workers headed by Dr. Mbagunda
E. none of the above.

12. The ‘Save the Children Fund’ in Malawi helps needy children by
A. finding families which are willing to adopt the children
B. finding sponsors for the children’s education and by opening nutrition centers
C. giving loans and scholarships to students who cannot afford to continue their education
D. running institutions which give free food
E. clothing and lodging poor children without parents.

13. Samuel Mpetechula was able to graduate from Chancellor because
A. of the financial assistance given to himby his sponsors
B. his uncle paid his education fees.
C. he was able to win a scholarship to the university
D. the SCF subsidized his educational expenses
E. of the assistance given to him by the Australian Government.

In questions 14 and 15 choose the meaning which best fits the underlined phrases taken fromthe passage.

14. Combat malnutrition means
A. struggle against the easing of the wrong type of food
B. fight ill health caused by over-feeding
C. wipe out ignorance
D. fight to wipe out ill health caused by lack of food
E. fight against hunger.

15. Deprived of means
A. spared

B. prevented from getting

C. robbed of

D. unable to take.

E. snatched from.

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How to pass JAMB successfully

Do you want to pass JAMB successfully? Then this article will reveal secret to pass JAMB successfully. JAMB CBT is the newest way Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) adopted to test her candidates.

Here are the steps and how to pass JAMB CBT successfully:

(1) Study well before you write UTME

For JAMB CBT exams, Past questions are a must have, firstly, it serves as a means of making the students familiar with the way questions are being set and it properly conditions your mind on what to look out for when you are reading. Secondly, most times, past questions are reset in subsequent years, so it’s sort of a ‘legal expo’ since you have seen the questions prior to the exam.

Another thing is frequent study, once you keep your brain afresh by going through your notes and textbooks as a way of revising; you tend to remember things more

For the Use of English, build your diction and vocabulary as it will help you in the synonyms and antonyms section. How can you build your vocabulary? When you go through the past questions, have a dictionary, a book and a pen beside you. This will enable you check up a complex word, understand it’s context usage, and by writing it down, you won’t forget easily.

Some students do think about how to study for JAMB. The suggestion above has answered the question of how to study for JAMB. Past questions are guidelines that will navigate you through the way JAMB use to set their questions and those areas that do occur the most. I will advise that you pay attention to areas where JAMB like bringing out questions and you will see yourself scoring high. In addition, for students that will be writing Mathematics, pay close attention to differentiation, integration, binomial expansion, sequence, word problem, permutation and combination, probability, circle geometry, etc.

(2) Relax and be calm

Don’t allow the fear of the exam to get hold of you when you get into the testing hall. Fear may make you forget all you have read and eventually throw you off balance. Taking a deep breathe will help you dissipate the negative emotion.

(3) Build a Time Budget

At any given point during an exam, you should know the maximum number of minutes you have to spend on the current question before moving on to the next. This will definitely help you to pass JAMB.

Try to lay down very strict time limits for yourself on each question.” This strategy goes a long way toward avoiding time trouble; it keeps your attention focused and prevents you from spending too much time on any particular question. The key to maintaining this keen awareness is to build a time budget. First, take the time allotted for the exam and subtract ten minutes. Next, divide this amount by the number of questions. The result is how long you have to spend on each prompt. This provides a safety buffer. You want a few extra minutes available here and there to be able to double check your answers when you are finished.

Hint: Building a time budget will enhance your speed and accuracy. Don’t dwell too much on a question, there is no penalty if you guess and move on (No negative marking).

(4) Proceed from Easy to Hard

The most effective way to tackle an exam is to answer the easiest questions first, and this is exactly what you should do. Start with the most approachable questions before moving on to the difficult ones. Don’t worry if this has you skipping around all over the exam—in most cases the provided order is irrelevant.

It is also important to note that there is no particular order when writing JAMB CBT. You can start with any subject you find easy before you proceed to difficult ones.

Hint: For the science students, especially those doing calculation subjects like Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, formulas are keys to solving any calculation. Once you see a question involving calculations, first bring out all the parameters given, then try to analyze the topic this question came from, after this you find out how the parameters are related, this is where the use of formulas comes in. By doing this chances of getting the right answer are higher

(5) God factor

This can’t be overemphasized. He is the only person that can dot your I’s and cross your T’s. And also silence other unforeseen factors that are beyond your power. Commit your study each day into His hands and ask Him for the grace to read, understand and retain.


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