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JAMB Most Repeated Questions in English

In one of my previous posts, I took time to answer the pertinent question, “Does JAMB Repeat their Past Exam Questions?” On this post, I will show you JAMB most repeated questions in English Language exam. So you will get to know the parts of Use of English that JAMB considers crucial and cannot afford not to set questions from them. I enjoin you to read the post to the end so that you don’t miss anything.

JAMB Most Repeated Questions in English

When I started receiving the question, “Does JAMB Repeat Past Questions?” on my various platforms, I made a post where I authoritatively informed my readers that JAMB indeed repeats their past questions.

But when we think about the English Language, we know that the language is vast and actually has a wide scope. We know that JAMB can set hundreds of new questions every year if they so wish.

However, JAMB repeats certain questions in the Use of English exams for reasons best known to them.

So I’m going to devote this post to showing you JAMB Most Repeated Questions in English. Of course, when you have insight into the questions JAMB repeats most, you will prepare better for them.

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JAMB Most Repeated Questions in English Language Exam

When it comes to repetition of JAMB questions, Use of English is quite different from other subjects.

For other subjects like Biology, Government and Physics, JAMB may repeat questions word-for-word. But for English Language, you only have the keywords or phrases of the questions repeated while the questions assume different patterns or forms.

Here’s what I mean.

In a particular year, JAMB may ask candidates to give the nearest in meaning of a keyword. In another year, they will repeat the same keyword but this time, they might ask the candidates to give the opposite in meaning of the word.

The same goes for idioms and phrasal verbs. JAMB repeats the same idioms, phrasal verbs and figurative expressions but they may ask different questions about them.

In the following section, I will show you some words, idioms, figurative expressions and phrasal verbs that JAMB has been repeating over the years.

JAMB Most Repeated Questions in English

Are you ready? If you are, join me as I take you on a smooth ride through this academic escapade:

1. The word “EVASIVE” appeared in  1985 and 1997 of JAMB’s Use of English Examination.

JAMB’s Use of English (1985) question 31:

Many untrustworthy students give EVASIVE answers to questions which they fully understand.
A. direct             B. outspoken
C. simple            D. truthful
E. clever.

JAMB’s Use of English (1997) question 65:

The lawyer gave EVASIVE answers to all the questions.
A. unintelligent      B. ineffective
C. unreliable          D. equivocal

2. The word “FLEXIBLE” was repeated in 1986 and 2012 of JAMB’s Use of English.

JAMB’s Use of English (1986) question 26:

Mr. Jack was most FLEXIBLE in his instructions.
A. rigid        B. correct
C. stiff         D. upright

JAMB’s Use of English (2012) question 38:

The principal was advised to be FLEXIBLE on critical issues.
A. livid           B. cautious
C. evasive      D. rigid

3. The idiom “HEART IN HIS MOUTH” appeared in 1978 and 2006 of JAMB’s Use of English Examination.

JAMB’s Use of English (1978) question 28:

He spoke with his HEART IN HIS MOUTH.
A. courageously
B. with such unusual cowardice
C. with a lot of confusion in his speech
D. without being able to make up his mind
E. with fright and agitation.

JAMB’s Use of English (2006) question 36:

He has no reason to have his HEART IN HIS MOUTH.
A. be afraid           B. feel guilty
C. be confident     D. think negatively

4. The word “SUMPTUOUS” was repeated in 2001, 2005 and 2012 of JAMB’s Use of English.

JAMB’s Use of English (2001) question 30:

The village girl wore SUMPTUOUS clothes.
A faded-looking       B. ideas
C. expensive             D. loose-fitting

JAMB’s Use of English (2005) question 69:

Some people consider the leather upholstery and thick rugs a bit SUMPTUOUS.
A. simple              B. lavish
C. expensive         D. desirable

JAMB’s Use of English (2012) question 55:

Isa and Illu ate SUMPTUOUS meals on their brother’s wedding day.
A. foreign           B. cheap
C. insipid            D. expensive


What you have above are some of the keywords and idioms that JAMB loves to repeat every year. So you will be doing yourself a great favor by studying the contextual antonyms and synonyms of the keywords. Also do the same for the idioms.

In the following section, I will give you more Use of English questions that JAMB loves to repeat in UTME exams.

JAMB’s Most Repeated Questions in Use of English

So here are some of JAMB most repeated questions in English. For each of the question, the correct answer is the option carrying the tick (√) icon.

In the question below choose the option opposite in meaning to the word in capital letters:

1. The chief was GENEROUS in his award of university scholarships
A) nobel                    B) considerate
C) liberal                   D) mean √
E) honest

2. He is loved for his ALTRUISM.
A) benevolence          B) sincerity
C) selfishness √          D) selflessness
E) kindness

3. To most people, last Christmas was an AUSTERE period
A) prosperous √           B) harsh
C) severe                      D) sour
E) stern

Choose the option that best best completes the gap(s).

4.He wrote to you, _________?
A) hadn’t he                 B) wouldn’t he
C) didn’t he √              D) hasn’t he

5. The clubs were not _________ on a solid ethical base?
A) funded                    B) found
C) created                   D) founded √

6. His father hardly misses the news because he goes about with his _________ radio?
A) pointable             B) pottable
C) potable                D) portable √

7. Everybody is allowed to _________ his view on state matters?
A) air √                  B) hear
C) show                 D) share

8. For beating_________ his coursemate, Agbji was _________ from the university?
A) up / rusticated √                  B) on / expelled
C) at / removed                        D) away / sent out

9. We have been living peacefully here but _________ hear rumours of war?Options
A) again                        B) slowly
C) occasionally √          D) eventually

10. Our neighbor was attracted by the _________ from my mother’s cooking?
A) flavour                     B) strench
C) scent                        D) aroma √

Select the option that best explains the information conveyed in the sentence.

11. You are to write a report and give it to the security office?
A) After writing your report, give it to the security office
B) You are writing a report, as the security office directed
C) The report you are writing should be given to the security office
D) You have been ordered to write a report, which you will give to the security office √

12. I owe you far less than you owe me?
A) My debt to you is greater than yours to me
B) Your debt is not much greater than mine
C) What we owe each other is approximately the same
D) I owe you something, but you owe me much more √

13. I think she takes her guardian’s support for granted?
A) Her guardian has been helping her for a long time, and she is very grateful to him
B) She wants her guardian to grant her more support
C) She thinks her guardian will no longer support her as he has been doing
D) Her guardian has been helping her for a long time, but she does not show enough gratitude √

14. The dispute over land acquisition has come to a head?
A) The problem has reached crisis proportions √
B) The problem has been referred to the headquarters
C) Because of the dispute, land acquisition has now been halted
D) The problem has now been solved

Choose the option nearest in meaning to the word underlined.

15. The party men revelled all night when the election results were announced?
A) celebrated √                B) mourned
C) fought                          D) discussed

16. He is a prolific writer?
A) a very productive √
B) a well-known
C) a clever
D) an influential

17. The judge emphasized his morbid desires in his judgement?
A) inordinate                  B) uncritical
C) revenous                    D) unpleasant √

18. Because Jamium is so easily offended, he was not considered for the post of head boy?
A) irritable √                B) stubborn
C) troublesome           D) docile

19. Adamu is rather meddlesome in dealing with his friends.
A) impertinent √         B) intimidating
C) quarrelsome           D) uncaring

20. The government has announced its preparedness for the scheme?
A) determination        B) regret
C) pleasure                 D) readiness √

Choose the option that has the same vowel sound as the one represented by the letter(s) underlined.

21. Cock?
A) cop √           B) cope
C) cork             D) cup

22. Says?
A) fierce          B) dam
C) wet √          D) rain

Choose the option opposite in meaning to the underlined word(s).

23. In our last play, Segun acted the hero?
A) villain √               B) devil
C) criminal               D) assassin

24. The police found a conclusive proof of the boy’s guilt?
A) a corroborative           B) a doubtful √
C) a consolatory             D) an incriminating

25. The notice reads, ‘No cash transactions in this hall’ ?
A) money                  B) gainful
C) business               D) cheque √


So here’s where I’m drawing the curtain on this very informative article. I trust that it is helpful. You can use the comments section to ask questions in case there’s something you don’t understand. Otherwise, just share your thoughts with me. I’d be glad to hear from you.

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