WAEC Syllabus for Typewriting & Recommended Textbooks 2024/2025

The WAEC syllabus for Typewriting is the topic you must study to sit for the examination. It contains the aims and objectives, notes and format for the Typewriting exam.

Studying the Typewriting subject is necessary for your exam preparation. It will serve as a guide for you to know the topics to read. There are also notes on concepts you should pay attention to learning.

Exam preparations without using the Typewriting syllabus are like going to the farm without your agricultural tools. You will end up not being productive.

Ensure you begin your exam preparations using the syllabus.

This post contains the Typewriting and recommended textbooks of the West African Examination Council (WAEC).

WAEC Typewriting



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 skill 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 ranfe 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.

  • Correspondence

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, 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

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, advise note, 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

Simple statement of accounts


Iris KerryTypewriting For Senior Secondary SchoolLongman
Paul Bailey And EmmanuelTyping For West AfricaMacmillan  
Odepidan A F
Wamsley Commercial Typewriting (West Africa EditionPitmans
Edith MackayBasic Typewriting Pitmans
Sam O. Arjarquah
Universal Typing Students’ BookPitmans
Edith MackayApplied TypingPitmans 
Drummond And ScattergoodUniversal Typing AdvancedPitmans 
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