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JAMB Clears Air on Reading Texts for 2024 UTME


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has stated that the Board is aware of the anxiety on whether the featuring of questions from the text, “Sweet Sixteen” and some other prescribed texts in Arabic, Hausa, Igbo and Literature-in-English in the 2024 Mock-UTME is indicative of its replacement of the chosen reading text "The Life Changer" and other prescribed texts.

JAMB Clears Air on Reading Texts for 2024 UTME
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The Board hereby states categorically that the mix-up was not a mistake but an attempt to up our game against emerging issues. It should be noted that the text for the Use of-English paper for the 2024 UTME remains “The Life Changer” by Khadija Abubakar Jalli.







  1. Prose – Turmin Danya
  2. Poetry – Wakokin Hausa
  3. Drama – Abin Da Kamar Wuya



  1. Prose – A Chowa Isi Ochu
  2. Poetry – Utara Nti
  3. Drama – Ojaadili



  1. Lion and the Jewel
  2. Look back in Anger
  3. Unexpected Joy at Dawn
  4. Second Class Citizen
  5. Wuthering Heights



  1. Alluga Al’arabiyya Fil Madhiy Wal Mustaqbal, Author– Musdafa Badamasi
  2. Alma’adubatul Adabiyya Li Tullabil Arabiyya Fi, Author – Zakariyya Hussani Ifriqiyya
  3. Tazyinul Waraqat, Author – Abdullahi bn Fodio
  4. Limaza Yakrahunana, Author – Salisu Mai unguwa
  5. Mukhtaratun Min Tuujihatil Munbar, Author Sheikh Adam Abdullahi Al’ilori
  6. Diwanul Riyadh, Author – Isah Alabi Abubakar
  7. Almufassal Fi Tarihil Adabil Arabi, Author – Ahmad Al iskandariy and Others, Published in Cairo Egypt


Consequently, candidates are expected to study "The Life Changer", which is part of the syllabus and was issued to all candidates, who registered for the 2024 UTME. They are also to do likewise for all other subjects as highlighted in the syllabus. It should be noted that the essence of the mock exercise is for the candidates to familiarise themselves with the CBT environment as well as enable the Board to ascertain its level of preparedness for the upcoming main UTME billed to commence on Friday, 19th April, 2024 which 1,985,642 candidates have registered for.

For emphasis, "The Life Changer" remains the approved reading text for the 2024 UTME Use of English which is compulsory for all candidates irrespective of their intended fields of study. It is worthy of note that the Board had issued the reading text through a QR code placed in each candidate's profile, email address, among others, to reduce financial burden on candidates occasioned by the high cost of printing materials. Candidates are, therefore, to study the books listed above in preparation for the 2024 UTME.


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