SHORTHAND

WAEC SYLLABUS ON SHORTHAND

SCHEME OF EXAMINATION:

Two passages will be dictated at 80 words per minute with an interval of 2 minutes. The syllabicintensity of the passages should be 1.35 – 1.40. Each passage will last for 3 minutes. After thelast passage, 5 minutes will be allowed for candidates to read through their shorthand notesbefore the commencement of transcription. All transcription must be done on the typewriter. Theuse of English and Shorthand Dictionaries is allowed. The examination shall be of 1 hour 13minutes duration (6 minutes for dictation, 7 minutes for intervals and 1 hour for transcription).

DETAILED SYLLABUS

(a) Business MattersOne of the passages for dictation shall be business in nature e.g. Letters, Memoranda,Reports, and any other related topics.

(b) Literary MattersThe other passage shall be literary and within the experience of the candidates. Itshall not be technical or controversial.


NOTES ON THE EXAMINATION

(a) Candidates must provide their own typewriters, shorthand notebooks, and otherwriting materials.

(b) The shorthand notes may be written with either pen or pencil. The shorthand notesmust be attached to the transcripts.

(c) Specially marked typing papers will be supplied by the Council. No typing paperother than those supplied by the Council may be used.

(d) Candidates shall not be allowed to make any carbon copy.

(e) The shorthand readers shall be allowed access to the passages twenty minutes beforethe dictation commences.

A preliminary passage of 2 minutes duration will be dictated before thecommencement of the actual examination to enable candidates to become accustomedto the reader’s voice. The preliminary passage must not be transcribed and does notform part of the examination.

(f) The candidate’s shorthand teacher may be appointed to dictate the passages. Theinvigilator must check the dictation and note errors or deviation from the total timeallowed for each passage. A signed certificate of the actual time taken should bereturned with the completed scripts.
(g) As quarter-minute indications printed on each passage. Care should be taken toarticulate the words very distinctly. Punctuations must be indicated by the inflexionof the voice and in no case dictated.

(h) The reader is expected to leave the examination hall immediately after the dictation,taking away with him the shorthand passages. These should be returned to theCouncil or an official of the Council where one is available. On no account should thepassages be left with either the Invigilator or Supervisor.

READING LIST

(1) First course - Pitman
(2) First course review - Pitman 2000
(3) Pitman 2000 Phrase Book
(4) First Dictionary - Pitman 2000 shorthand
(5) 700 common words - Pitman 2000
(6) Office skills magazines
(7) Journals
(8) Speed development - Pitman 2000Bryan Coombs
(9) Speed builder - Bryan Coombs

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