JAMB Marking scheme: Everything you need to know

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I’ve read a series of confusing posts on this topic before I researched into it and came up with something very official. I personally contacted JAMB officials and the syllabus before I put this down.
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.

Check: 50 Notes And Key Points In Jamb Chemistry 2022/2023

1. JAMB Method Used to Mark/Grade Use of 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.
Below is the breakdown of the marking scheme for the English Language in JAMB.

UTME English Marking: Evaluation/Assessment

SECTION A: Comprehension/Summary

  1. Comprehension passages questions: 3 marks each
  2. Cloze passage* questions: 2 marks each
  3. Reading text (The Life Changer) questions: 1 mark each

SECTION B: Lexis and Structure

  1. Sentence interpretation questions: 2 marks each
  2. Antonyms questions: 2 marks each
  3. Synonyms questions: 1 mark each
  4. Sentence completion questions: 1 mark each

SECTION C: Oral Forms (Test of Oral)

  1. Question test on oral: 1 mark each 

If the total number of English questions set for you is 60 but you scored 45, 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 60 questions standard.

Also check: How to Pass JAMB 2022 in One Sitting: Simple guide

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 25 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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