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NECO English Questions And Answers 2023 | Essay And Objectives

NECO English Questions and Answers 2023 | Essay and Objectives

The 2023 NECO English Questions and Answers is here. In this article, I am going to make it available for all interested candidates who will read this article to the end.

As you all know English is a general paper and most NECO candidates do not always find it very easy to answer. That is why I have deemed it right to publish all the questions that you should be expecting on the examination day.

At the end reading this article, you not just going to see the NECO English Questions and Answers; you will also see what you are going to do for you make an excellent result in you NECO English examination and other subjects.

Do wish to know more about the NECO English Questions and Answers for 2023? If yes, continue to read this article to the end.

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The following instructions are for every candidate that will be writing NECO English language for 2023:

  • Do not open this question booklet until you are told to do so. While waiting, read the following carefully.
  • Write your Name and Examination Number in the spaces provided at the top right-hand corner of this question booklet.
  • This booklet consists of two papers: II and III.
  • Answers to Paper II are to be written in your answer booklet. Instructions for answering questions in this paper are given on the next page. Paper II will last for 1 hour 45 minutes. On completion of paper II, the answer booklet will be collected.
  • Answer Paper III on your objective test answer sheet. Instructions on how to do this are given at the beginning of the paper. Paper III will last for 1 hour.
  • Do not open Paper III until you are told to do so.


NECO English Paper II is the theory aspect of the English Language Examination. It is usually divided into three(3) sections. They include:

  1. SECTION A (CONTINUOUS WRITING): this is the section where you are going to write essay. Here, you will be provided with four essay questions and you will be required to answer only one from all.
  2. SECTION B (COMPREHENSION): In this section, you are going to be given a comprehension (passage) that you will read and then use it to answers the questions that follow it.
  3. SECTION C (SUMMARY): Here, you are also going to be provided with a passage that you are going to read. Unlike the comprehension aspect, you will only be required to summarize the passage that you have read using a given key words.

NECO English Essay Questions 2022



[50 MARKS]

You are required to answer only one question from this section. Your answer should not be less than 450 words. All questions carry equal marks. You are advised to spend about 45 minutes on this section.

1. Write a story to illustrate the saying: Prevention is better than cure.

2. Write an article suitable for publication in your school magazine on ways of improving reading culture among students.

3. You are a chief speaker in a debate on the topic: Our Forefathers Upheld our Cultural Values more than this Generation. Write your argument for or against the motion.

4. Your best friend has just been suspended from school for truancy. Write a letter to him/her expressing your displeasure and advising him/her to turn a new leaf.

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[20 MARKS]


You are advised to spend about 30 minutes on this section.

5. Read the passage below carefully and answer the questions on it.

“Water Meandering”! The mention of this topic usually takes me retrospectively to my secondary school days. It also reminds me of our geography class. We were a set of three streams: A, B and C, and I see myself in our class with my classmates well seated. The subject we never liked was geography.

This was quite surprising to our Guidance Counsellor who worked hard to ensure that most of us offered geography up to the School Certificate Level. Not only our Guidance Counsellor, our school Principal was also surprised at our attitude towards geography.

He had always encouraged us to choose geography as one of our subjects for the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE). He once boasted: “In the near future, I shall travel by air with one of you seated as my pilot.” We had received this encouragement with thunderous ovation, but our old geography teacher became the spoiler.

Our old geography teacher killed in us the zeal of becoming future pilots, or, would I say, he destroyed our urge of becoming useful citizens of our fatherland.

When this teacher left and Mr. Udenkwo was posted to our school to handle geography, we realized that “Water Meandering” was not the only topic in geography.

In fact, we discovered that “Water Meandering” was not even a topic on its own. But before this time, the only topic we knew in geography but which we could not really explain, was “Water Meandering.”

Also, with the coming of Mr. Udenkwo, as young boys and girls, we began to ask questions about the competence of our old geography teacher. From these questions, we realized that our old geography teacher was not a subject specialist after all.

We realized too that this teacher only had the Teachers’ Grade II Certificate. Whether he studied geography at the Teachers’ Training College (TTC) or not, was another thing we could not uncover. On the other hand, we discovered that Mr. Udenkwo had a bachelor’s degree in geography.

But before Mr. Udenkwo was posted to our school, much harm had already been done. So, all his efforts to bring us back to the subject proved abortive. Only one of us heeded his entreaties.

To demonstrate his ingenuity in the subject, Mr. Udenkwo took his only ‘apostle’ from the scratch. When we finally took the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), surprisingly, this student made a distinction in geography. Today, this same student is a professor of geography.

Our story is typical of what obtains in most secondary schools in Nigeria; many teachers are made to handle subjects they do not major in, thereby “killing” the morale of their subject specialists should be made to handle their areas of specialty, especially at the School Certificate Level.

(a) According to the passage, why did the students hate geography? (2 marks)

(b) Why was the school Guidance Counsellor astonished at the

behaviour of the students? (2 marks)

(c) What did the students receive with thunderous ovation? (1 mark)

(d) What is ironic about the principal’s statement? (2 marks)

(e) “… who had worked hard …”

(i) What grammatical name is given to this expression?

(ii) What is its function in the sentence?

(f) Why were the students compelled to investigate the old geography teacher?

(2 marks)  

(g) How, according to the writer, could students’ performance be enhanced in subject areas?

(2 marks)

(h) Find one word or phrase which is nearest in meaning to and can at the same time replace each of the following words as used in the passage.

(i) retrospectively

(ii) thunderous

(iii) zeal

(iv) specialist

(v) entreaties

(vi) scratch

One mark for each correct answer, i.e. 1 mark x 6: = 6 marks



You are advised to spend about 30 minutes on this section.

6. Read the passage below carefully and answer the questions on it.

When Nigeria returned from the London 2012 Olympic Games without a single medal, the refrain among the country’s sports administrators was that the lessons of the bad outing would serve the nation well in going forward.

Never again was the general cry from the Nigerian public, who felt that the country with a youth population of over 70 million deserved better than a barren show at the world’s biggest stage.

The London 2012 Olympic Games was the first competition since the 1988 Games in Seoul that Nigeria would participate in without winning a single medal.

Following the outcry that trailed the poor performance, the then president convened a sports summit where all the experts pointed at poor preparation and low morale as the reasons for the country’s shameful performance in London.

After the summit, the general consensus was that for Nigeria to get it right again, the country must drop the fire brigade approach to preparations for major competitions. There was also the agreement that preparations for future Olympic Games should start early and thus many youth programmes should be lined up by the National Sports Commission (NSC) to nurture and produce champions.

However, shortly after the summit, the then sports minister was replaced. Thus the programme and the path to success laid by experts at the summit were put aside. First to go was the Nigerian Academicals Sports Committee (NASCOM), which was supposed to/ champion the youth development programme expected to lead the country to the podium in subsequent international competitions.

Following that, was the total blackout of the majority of the federations from international competitions which were supposed to help the athletes gauge their standard, as well as ease the upcoming stars on to the world stage.

The reason for the neglect of the federations was lack of funds, but surprisingly, the resources always managed to be available whenever it is football programme. With the exit of the last administration, most of the sports federations heaved a sigh of relief, believing that the new regime would treat all the federations equally.

However, such expectations have been hampered by the continued apathy to the needs of the Nigerian sports in an Olympic year. To feature at the Olympic Games, athletes are expected to go through qualifiers with their mates from other countries.

Absence from the qualifiers means that the athlete or team has automatically been ruled out of the games. So it has emerged that, Nigeria may not feature in some of its core events due to its athletes’ inability to participate in some championships that served as qualifiers for the Olympics.

(a) In two sentences, one for each, state the reasons advanced at the sports summit for the poor performance of Nigeria at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

(10 marks)

(b) In two sentences, one for each, state two resolutions that were reached at the sports summit.

(10 marks)

(c) In two sentences, one for each, state the developments which hindered the implementation of the resolutions reached at the summit.

(10 marks)

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Answer all questions


Choose from the options lettered A – E the one that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the word or expression in italics (Nos. 1-10).

1. The indigent man died of hunger.

A. generous

B. insolvent

C. poor

D. successful

E. Wealthy

2. She was in a lamentable condition when I met her last week.

A. cheering

B. perfect

C. pitiable

D. serious

E. shocking

3. Some migrants were arrested for breaching immigration laws.

A. breaking

B. contravening

C. following

D. fulfilling

E. Obeying

4. My mother tolerated my bad behaviour for a while.

A. allowed

B. approved

C. considered

D. detested

E. ignored

5. We had a tumultuous day at the office.

A. great

B. noisy

C. peaceful

D. riotous

E. turbulent

6. His royal background makes him a good choice for a role in the play.

A. humble

B. low

C. mean

D. rich

E. wealthy

7. The committee quashed their previous decision on the matter.

A. affirmed

B. overturned

C. published

D. rejected

E. submitted

8. It was prudent of you not to have asked her out.

A. dangerous

B. foolish

C. immoral

D. intelligent

E. wise

9. The government eventually approved sixty-five years as the retirement age.

A. albeit

B. consequently

C. finally

D. initially

E. subsequently

10. The old man advised his children to be frugal.

A. economical

B. mean

C. sparing

D. thrifty

E. wasteful


Complete each of the following sentences with the most appropriate of the options lettered A-E (Nos.11-20).

11. Ada ________a car back home as soon as she received the news.

A. boarded

B. climbed

C. entered

D. followed

E. joined

12. That edifice was designed by a renowned

A. architect

B. artist

C. contractor

D. engineer

E. surveyor

13. The teacher asked the students to obtain the current

_________of the dictionary.

A. copy

B. design

C. edition.

D. type

E. version

14. Obi kept himself busy after his examination by reading an _______ of poems.

A. anthology

B. encyclopaedia

C. essay

D. index

E. inventory

15. The voltage was so high that I had to ­___________ the computer.

A. off

B. shut down

C. shut off

D. switch off

E. turn off

16. Moses was ___________ of the crime and was set free.

A. abreast

B. absolved

C. accused

D. indicted

E. informed

17. The president _________some Trade Unions in the country.

A. abrogated

B. acquitted

C. discharged

D. proscribed

E. ratified

18. The professor presented his inaugural lecture using a

A. magneto

B. microphone

C. microscope

D. projector

E. telescope

19. Most of the residents believe that only a new ________ can boost power supply in the area.

A. cable

B. fuse

C. generator

D. insulator

E. transformer

20. As the plane was about to take-off, the _______informed the passengers to fasten their seat belts.

A. cabin crew

B. control tower

C. flight attendant

D. flight engineer

E. traffic controller


Choose from the options lettered A-E the one that is the most appropriate interpretation for each of the following statements (Nos. 21-30).

21. Jones ate his words when he was cross-examined by the prosecuting counsel. This means he

A. answered the questions carefully.

B. denied what he had said earlier on

C. refused to talk. what he had earlier said.

E. was rude to the prosecuting counsel.

22. What she said was farther from the truth. This means she

A. exaggerated the matter.

B. predicted an event.

C. re-affirmed what another person had said.

D. said what was in contrast to the reality on ground.

E. spoke the truth.

23. The management was dragging its feet on the need to employ new workers. This means that the management was ______workers.

A. acting fast on employing new

B. furious with the

C. in a rush to employ new

D. not happy with the

E. slow in taking decision on employing new

24. Although Akin’s parents are rich, he flunked out of school. This means he

A. flew out of the country to complete his studies.

B. left school due to poor performance.

C. moved to another school.

D. was a truant in school.

E. was under duress to stay in the school.

25. The little boy was running around the compound in his birthday suit. This means he

A. could only run around the compound in suit.

B.  could only run when in suit.

C. was being pursued when he wore his birthday suit.

D. was not wearing clothes.

E. wore his birthday suit.

26. Our advertisement on the internet was a bang for the buck. This means we

A. budgeted for the money spent.

B. got better value for our efforts.

C. liquidated our company.

D. lost the money spent.

E. spent the money credited.

27. The president said those who embezzled public funds must be prepared to face the music. This means they must

A. be embarrassed publicly.

B. be reformed.

C. dance to a music that will be played for them

D. face the consequences of their action.

E. refund the money stolen.

28. Danjuma said he was not afraid of a probe because he did not have any skeleton in his cupboard. This means he

A. always kept his cupboard clean.

B. did not have a secret to hide.

C. did not trade in skeletons.

D. had a questionable character.

E. had not killed anybody.

29. The woman’s new dress fits like a glove. This means that the dress

A. does not fit her.

B. fits her perfectly.

C. is too big.

D. is like a glove.

E. is tight.

30. The teacher’s question to the students about their plan for the weekend drew a blank. This means the teacher

A. drew a conclusion.

B. drew a line on a blank sheet.

C. got no response.

D. moved close to the students

E. reminded them of their plan.


Choose from the options lettered A-E the one that is nearest in meaning to the word or expression in italics (Nos. 31-40).

31. Following the robbery incident in the bank, the security men were charged to always be on the alert.

A. armed

B. attentive

C. cautious

D. expectant

E. watchful

32. The maid was sacked because she was slothful.

A. carefree

B. diligent

C. dirty

D. lazy

E. rude

33. It is mandatory for every returning student to pay the fee.

A. compulsory

B. important

C. necessary

D. optional

E. voluntary

34. The man is of the same lineage as the king.

A. breed

B. clan

C. folk

D. group

E. progeny

35. There was no evidence that the man came early.

A. claim

B. consensus

C. fact

D. information

E. proof

36. The members of staff conspired to disgrace the principal.

A. agreed

B. combined

C. connived

D. gathered

E. opted

37. My mother is industrious.

A. hardworking

B. indolent

C. lazy

D. prudent

E. smart

38. John’s uncle lives in a cosy apartment.

A. beautiful

B. comfortable

C. cramped

D. large

E. shabby

39. Minna is one of the ancient cities in Nigeria.

A. beautiful

B. biggest

C. modern

D. old

E. popular

40. He is among the distinguished politicians in my state.

A. disloyal

B. generous

C. good

D. notable

E. notorious

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Choose from the options lettered A-E the one that most appropriately completes each sentence (Nos. 41–70).

41. The two friends have not spoken to each other ______ two weeks now.

A. about

B. during

C. for

D. since

E. until

42. The old man was advised to abstain __________smoking.

A. at

B. from

C. in

D. off

E. on

43. Ade and _________will represent the class in the quiz competition.

A. I

B. me

C. myself

D. them

E. Us

44. If I were ______, I would have

reported the matter to the police.

A. him

B. their

C. them

D. themselves

E. they

45. He lost the book he borrowed from

A. I

B. me

C. myself

D. they

E. we

46. He _______to attend the meeting yesterday.

A. fail

B. failed

C. fails

D. had fail

E. has failed

47. Our tenant owe us several

A. month rents.

B. month’s rent.

C. months rent.

D. months rents.

E. months’ rent

48. My friends said that they ___________ visit me tomorrow

A. can

B. may

C. shall

D. should

E. would

49. After the principal’s announcement, all the children marched _________their classes.

A. inside

B. into

C. onto

D. out to

E. up to

50. Which of the following words can be used together with the prefix ‘en-‘ to form a new word?

A. Camp

B. Mortal

C. Pede

D. Ploy

E. Press

51. He was dismissed due to

A. imcompetence

B. incompetence

C. incompitence

D. incompetense

E. inconpetence

52. He ______sick and that is why he is not in school today.

A. had been

B. has been

C. have been

D. is

E. was

53. Mummy bought a pair of ________shoes each for Terseer and me.

A. beautiful black skin

B. beautiful skin black

C. black skin beautiful

D. skin black beautiful

E. skin beautiful black

54. She lives in a ________house.

A. big new white

B. big white new

C. new big white

D. new white big

E. white big new


Direct Speech: “Who is the richest

man in Africa?” the teacher asked.

Indirect Speech: The teacher asked who

A. is the richest man in Africa

B. the richest men in Africa were

C. the richest man in Africa is.

D. the richest man in Africa was.

E. was the richest man in Africa.

56. Direct Speech: “I hate sleeping with my windows open,”

John said.

Indirect Speech: John said that he ____sleeping with his

windows open.

A. had hated

B. has hated

C. hate

D. hated

E. hates

57. I am responsible for his failure, _______ I?

A. ain’t

B. am

C. aren’t

D. was

E. wasn’t

58. Children ought to respect their ______ teachers, they?

A. aren’t

B. don’t

C. oughtn’t

D. should

E. shouldn’t

59. There is ___________furniture in the school dining hall

A. few

B. little

C. many

D. more

E. much

60. Neither his books nor mine ________on the table.

A. are

B. has been

C. have being

D. is

E. was

61. Mrs Abike is late to work today; she ________have been here now.

A. could

B. must

C. need

D. should

E. would

62. The new student is ______dull to be in that class.

A. much

B. quite

C. so

D. too

E. Very

63. The sound of the gun shot scared him _________much that he fainted.

A. in as

B. quite

C. so

D. too

E. very

64. The student and his parents asked to see the principal.

A. are

B. is

C. is being

D. was

E. were

65. She complains of pains around her

A. diafram

B. diaphragm

C. diaphram

D. diaphrram.

E. dyphragm.

66. ‘Are there ______mangoes left in the fridge?’ mother asked.

A. any

B. less

C. little

D. much

E. some

67. He gazed at a _______ through the window.

A. swarm of bee

B. swarm of bee’s

C. swarm of bees

D. swarms of bee

E swarms of bees

68. Which of the following suffixes can be added to the word “moment” to form a new word?

A. -en

B. –ish

C. -ive

D. -ous

E. -y

69. The assignment has ___________mistakes in it.

A. a little

B. many

C. more

D. much

E. too many

70. He spent a whole day doing his holiday assignment, _______he?

A. did

B. didn’t

C. does

D. doesn’t

E. Has


In the following passages, the numbered gaps indicate missing words. Against each number in the list below each passage, five options are offered in columns lettered A – E. Fill each numbered gap with the most appropriate of the options (Nos. 71-100).


Mosunmola had a vision of travelling out of the country many years ago. The opportunity eventually came and she had her first experience in the air when she travelled in a chartered jet from Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos to London. She narrated how she obtained her international – 71- and visa at the British –72-, Lagos. Since then, she has been narrating her plan to become a –73-, flying aircraft from one country to another. She talks about the check-in procedure, about the weighing in of her baggage, about how she climbed up the –74 and entered the beautiful –75– with well-arranged neat looking passengers’ seats. With humour and enthusiasm, she talks more on how the plane taxied along the –76-, gathered speed for the –77 and –78- into the clouds. She describes her throbbing heart when the plane developed engine problem in the air and appeared as if it had –79-. She says that all the trouble the passengers were going through were re-assured by the smiling faces of –80-, stewards and the calm voice and encouraging words of the –81– which also allayed the fears of the passengers. Eventually, when the plane touched down and –82– at the – 83, the courage and enviable personality of the pilot inspired her to determine to go to the – 84– school in Zaria and be trained as a successful pilot because there is nothing in this world like –85 – a plane.

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Ranching is a system of – 86 rearing which involves keeping of farm – 87 – on a large scale and on a large expanse of enclosed – 88 – which may be under – 89 – vegetation or –90– pasture. The animals are allowed to move about and –91 – freely on the ranch. The –92 – may have to supply the animals with feed – 93 – in form of concentrates, vitamins and minerals. Enough water is also supplied by the – 94-.  A ranch should be fenced and provided with stocked crushes, animal dips and sheds or corals to – 95 the animals during bad –96. Sheds are also needed to keep and treat – 97– animals. In ranching, it is possible to adopt rotational grazing, whereby the ranch is divided into –98 and each is used for a certain period of time before the animals are moved to other sections. –99 – grazing allows the – 100 to grow and prevents overgrazing.

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NECO English Answers to Part II (Essay, Comprehension & Summary)

(5a) They had an incompetent geography teacher.

(5b) He never believed that such number of students could dislike geography.

(5c) The dream of becoming a pilot.

(5d) The principal was merely building castle in the air as students had no pleasure in the subject.


(i) Adjectival clause.

(ii) It qualifies the noun “Guidance Counsellor”.


They discovered that “Water Meandering” which their old teacher had repeatedly taught them was not even a topic on its own in geography.


Teachers should be allowed to handle subjects of their expertise.


(i) Retrospectively – back

(ii) Thunderous – deafening

(iii) Zeal – passion

(iv) Specialist – expert

(v) Entreaties – appeals

(vi) Scratch – beginning


(i) The Nigerian sports representatives were inadequately prepared in the 2012 Olympic games.

(ii) They were also poorly motivated.


(i) National sports commission should adopt early preparations for special competitions.

(ii) They should also organize youth programmes to train and churn out experts in sporting activities.


The developments that hindered the implementation of the resolutions reached at the summit are:

(i) The replacement of the sports minister.

(ii) Lack of financial commitment in other sports activities.

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NECO English Objective Answers for Paper III 2023













Choose from the options lettered A – E the one that has the same vowel sound as the one represented by the underlined letter(s) (Nos. 1-15).

Example: head

A. heed

B. ingrate

C. job

D. red

E. steal

The correct option is the one lettered D because only “red” has the same vowel sound as the one underlined in “head.”

1. beef

A. beer

B. break

C. chest

D. chew

E. seed

2. sand

A. aid

B. dark

C. jar

D. rake

E. rapid

3. sake

A. beat

B. case

C. cast

D. match

E. sad

4. heart

A. mark

B. mat

C. mate

D. meal

E. peak

5. Coop

A. cook

B. coup

C. much

D. score

E. scout

6. shop

A. close

B. mock

C. mould

D. port

E. storm

7. sunset

A. butter

B. buy

C. court

D. cubit

E. found

8. sit

A. beast

B. blind

C. litter

D. liven

E. meal

9. attract

A. aim

B. atomic

C. auction

D. ball

E. cake

10. fear

A. each

B. ear

C. feast

D. search

E. spare

11. breath

A. mail

B. mercy

C. pray

D. set

E. team

12. fight

A. bad

B. bike

C. list

D. mineral

E. sink

13. fare

A. bear

B. coffee

C. fear

D. guard

E. wine

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