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JAMB Marking Scheme 2021: This article contain in-depth information on how JAMB UTME is Marked for English and Other Subjects. All you need to know is contained in this guide

This information was disclosed by a JAMB official, please read and understand so you will get the relevant insight about JAMB Marking Scheme 2021 and beyond.


We are going to talk about how JAMB calculate their marks? the correct JAMB marking scheme, JAMB grading secrete, average score or number of questions in JAMB UTME will find this piece resourceful too.

They are a lot of confusing posts on this topic; JAMB Marking Scheme 2021, but definitely we have come to find the answer to our long unanswered questions and of course official. This information was carried out by interviewing JAMB officials/Admin and searching through JAMB Syllabus before coming up with this piece. So, be rest assured that nothing is left out in this post. Yet, I make it as concise as possible for you.

I will break things down by subjects.

  1. JAMB Method Used to Mark/Score English in UTME
    Use of English is 60 questions in all. This means JAMB will set 60 English questions for all candidates irrespective of their proposed university courses.

    But this doesn’t mean that the total score for the Use of English is 60 marks in all. In fact, it’s 100 marks for this compulsory subject.

    UTME English Marking: Evaluation/Assessment
    SECTION A: Comprehension/Summary
    Comprehension passages questions: 3 marks each
    Cloze passage* questions: 2 marks each
    Reading text (Sweet Sixteen) questions: 1 mark each

    *A cloze passage is a reading comprehension exercise in which words have been omitted in a systematic fashion. Students fill in the blanks, and their responses are counted correctly if they are exact matches for the missing words. This is also called REGISTER.

    SECTION B: Lexis Structure
    Sentence interpretation questions: 2 marks each
    Antonyms questions: 2 marks each
    Synonyms questions: 1 mark each
    Sentence completion questions: 1 mark each

    SECTION C: Oral Forms
    Question test on oral: 1 mark each

    If the total score for English set for you is 60 but you scored 50, JAMB concludes to this calculation: 45/60 x 100 (in percentage). Then, your mark will be 75%

    This calculation conforms with the official JAMB syllabus explanation in their 100 questions standard.
    Use of English Questions Break-Down

    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

  2. JAMB Method Used to Mark Other Three Subjects UTME
    Since you have other three subjects apart from English, below is the official marking scheme for them.

    JAMB sets 40 questions each for the other subjects. Each of these questions is graded or scored 2.5 marks. Hence, the three subjects = 300 marks (i.e 40 x 2.5 x 3 subjects). In other words, each of the three other subjects will be 100 if marked 2.5 (40 x 2.5)
    The Calculation for Each of the Other Subjects
    If you score 35 over 40 in each of Chemistry, Physics and Biology (for example), JAMB concludes to this calculation: 25 x 2.5 = 63% (in percentage). This is 25/40 in %.

    Let’s assume the same in the other two subjects. Each of the other two gives you 63%.

    Finally, your UTME score will be: 75 + 63 + 63 + 63 = That’s 264 over 400

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Bernard Bassey is a graduate of Software Engineering from AfriHUB University, Abuja. He is an expert in field journalism, his interest in socio-politics activities is keen.

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