Below is this year’s WAEC syllabus for  Typewriting. Note that this syllabus is for both internal and external candidates.

WAEC Syllabus



The aim of the examination is to test candidates’ ability to produce mailable documents at 40 words per minute and be able to apply such skills in solving practical office problems.


  • The total time allowed for the examination will be 2 hours 45 minutes.
  • 5 minutes for warming up on the material supplied by the Council in the examination paper. The time taken for typing the preliminary passage will not be included in the time for the examination.
  • 5 minutes for a speed and accuracy test.
  • 10 minutes for reading through the examination paper.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes for production tasks.
  • The speed and accuracy test will be set at 40 words per minute and will carry 10 percent of the total marks. The syllabic intensity of the passage will range between 1.35 and 1.40.
  • The production test will consist of a maximum of 5 tasks and will start after all the scripts for the speed and accuracy test have been collected and duly initialed by the invigilator.
  • The total standard words for the examination (both tasks and accuracy test) will range between 1350 and 1450.
  • The total number of instructions attracting penalties will range between 40 and 50.


Tasks may be presented in a mixture of manuscript, typescript and printed drafts with interpolations and manuscript correction signs.


Candidates will be tested on the use of pre-printed A4, and A5 headed paper

Letters and memoranda with insets, continuation sheets, subject headings, enclosures, and attention lines, including private, personal, confidential and indicating distribution of carbon copies.

Form letters, circular letters with or without tear-off portions; envelope addressing; envelope with special marks.


Manuscript with or without inset matter.

Display work

(i)   Headings

Main, sub-heading, shoulder, paragraph and marginal/side heading.

(ii) Paragraphing

Blocked, indented and hanging paragraphs.

(iii) Paragraph numbering

Arabic, Roman, decimal and alphabetical.

(iv) Display Work

Menu, advertisement, and itineraries.

(v)  Meetings and report

Notice of meetings (with or without agenda). Chairman’s agenda, Minutes and reports.

(vi) Business Forms, Cards etc.

Completion of pre-printed forms:

Application and personal records forms, invoices, order forms, delivery notes, advice notes, invitation cards and postcards.

(vii) Tabulation

Tabulation with ruling, with or without leader dots, chronological and alphabetical arrangements.

(viii) Literary Work

Short plays, poems and articles. Footnotes.

(ix) Financial Statement

A simple statement of accounts


Facilities and schedule:

  • For the successful implementation of this syllabus, it is recommended that institutions running this course should provide a sufficient number of typewriters for the students and at least have a minimum of 5 periods of 40 minutes each per week.

  • Qualified typewriting teachers should handle the subject.

  • In cases where the number of candidates exceeds the number of typewriters available for the examination, permission will be given, on application to the Council, for the examination to be held in two or three sessions on the same day.

  • The center concerned will be responsible for the effective segregation of candidates to ensure that for the duration of the examination, candidates leaving an earlier session do not have any contact with those attending a later session.

  • Application for such sessions, given the number of papers required for each session and the times suggested, must be made when the entry forms are returned to the appropriate national office.

  • The typewriting teacher should not act as a Supervisor/Invigilator in his or her own school but may be available to assist should defects in a machine unexpectedly hamper a candidate’s progress.

  • There should be an alternative paper (Alternative B). This paper will be available to schools that cannot accommodate all the candidates for the typewriting examination on the scheduled day on condition that the Council is given at least six months’ notification.

  • The use of electric typewriters may be permitted. However, the Council will not accept responsibility for any electrical/electronic problems. The Supervisor and Invigilator should ensure that the memory of the typewriter is removed or cleared and that the candidate submits typed scripts of the speed and accuracy test.

  • Any satisfactory method of erasure will be allowed, except in the speed and accuracy test, where no corrections will be permitted.

  • Dictionaries may also be used in the examination.


  • A4 plain –  9
  • A4 headed  – 2
  • A4 memorandum – 2
  • A4 yellow flimsy – 4
  • A5 plain  – 4
  • A5 headed – 2
  • A5 memorandum – 2
  • C6 envelope  – 2
  • Card (approx. 6” x 4” – 152mm x 100mm)
  • Speed Test Sheet
  • One (1) light blue/green paper
  • Carbon papers

Candidates are instructed that no headed stationery other than that provided by the Council may be used.






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Wamsley Commercial Typewriting (West Africa Edition)


Universal Typing Realistic Office Assignments


Basic Typewriting


Universal Typing Students Book


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