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How Does Jamb Mark Each Question? Score Calculation, English Marks, and Secrets to Success

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As a candidate of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) you definitely need to know the marking scheme. It is very important for candidates preparing for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), because there is common question which passed candidate and the recent ones are about take Jamb in 2024 are asking which is How Does Jamb Mark Each Question?

Well, let’s go in deeper into the specifics of how JAMB marks each question, the calculation of scores per subject, and the secrets to achieving success in the 2024 exams.

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How to Calculate JAMB Score Per Subject

The marking scheme for JAMB varies slightly depending on the subject, but generally, it follows a multiple-choice question format. Each subject typically contains 50 to 60 questions, and each correct answer is usually awarded one mark.

Calculation of JAMB Scores

For the Use of English, which is a compulsory subject, the total number of questions is 60, and the overall score for this subject is 100 points. The questions are divided into sections with different point values:

  • Comprehension/Summary: 3 points each
  • Closed passages questions: 2 points each
  • Reading questions: 1 point each
  • Sentence interpretation: 2 points each
  • Antonym questions: 2 points each
  • Synonym questions: 1 point each
  • Oral forms: 1 point each.

For the other three subjects, each question is typically scored at 2.5 marks, making a total of 100 marks per subject if all questions are answered correctly.

The maximum score a candidate can obtain in JAMB is 400, as each of the four subjects is graded over 100. However, no candidate has ever achieved the perfect score of 400 in the history of JAMB.

Registration and Exam Dates for JAMB 2024

For the 2024 UTME, the sale of forms commenced on January 15th and continued through February 2024. The Mock UTME is scheduled for March 7th, 2024, while the actual UTME will run from April 19th to 29th, 2024. Candidates are advised to print their examination slips starting from April 10th, 2024.

Lowest JAMB Score

The lowest JAMB score that institutions generally consider for admission is often around 160 for federal universities and 100 for polytechnics and colleges of education6. However, some private universities may accept scores as low as 1207.

Who Marks JAMB Exam?

The marking of JAMB exams is done electronically by computers programmed to grade the multiple-choice questions accurately. There is no manual intervention in the marking process.

JAMB Secret

The secret to excelling in JAMB lies in thorough preparation, which includes studying the syllabus, practicing past questions, and mastering time management during the exam. Consistent practice and understanding the exam format can give you an edge.

What is the Maximum Score for JAMB?

The highest score a candidate can achieve in JAMB is 400, with each of the four subjects contributing a maximum of 100 marks.

How Does JAMB Mark Their Exams?

JAMB exams consist of multiple-choice questions, with each subject containing 50 to 60 questions. Generally, each correct answer is awarded one mark


This is for those preparing for JAMB 2024, candidates should study the recommended syllabus, practice past questions, manage their time effectively during the exam, and stay focused. 

Having a clear study plan and seeking guidance from teachers or tutors can also contribute to success. We wish you the very best of luck.

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