WAEC Syllabus for Literature-In-English

WAEC Syllabus for Literature-In-English. WAEC Syllabus for Literature-In-English is available for all candidates who want to participate in the examination. The West African examination council (WAEC) has officially introduced a syllabus that will guide all the WAEC candidates who wish to write the WAEC examination this year. For a very successful WAEC Literature-In-English examination for this year, you need to check out the available areas of concentration. It has been divided into sections with chapters, followed by the topics to be covered in preparation for the exams. In the WAEC Syllabus for Literature-In-English, you will also see the format of how the WAEC Literature-In-English questions will be presented. Jamb form 

There are always 3 sections to answer questions from. Paper 1 is objective 2 is essay questions and 3 contains practicals. Where paper one (1) carries 1 hour for 50 marks; (2) carries 1 hour 15 minutes for 50 marks while paper three (3) carries 2 hours 30 minutes for 100 marks. WAEC Syllabus for Literature-In-English

WAEC Syllabus for Literature-In-English

This WAEC syllabus is for both the O’level WAEC and General Certificate Examination (GCE) candidates. Final year students in the senior secondary school level and external candidates are eligible to make use of this syllabus and prepare ahead of the examination. Dollar to Naira Rate

See the full detailed information concerning the WAEC Literature-In-English Syllabus below.


There will be three papers – Papers 1, 2 and 3. Papers 1 and 2 will a composite paper and will be taken at one sitting.

Paper 1 will be a multiple-choice objective test. It will contain fifty questions distributed as follows:

  • Twenty questions on General Knowledge of Literature;
  • Five questions on an unseen prose passage;
  • Five questions on an unseen poem;
  • Twenty context questions on the prescribed Shakespearean text.

Candidates will be required to answer all the questions within 1 hour for 50 marks.

Paper 2 will be an essay test with two sections, Sections A and B. Section A will be on African Prose and Section B on Non-African Prose.

Two essay questions will be set on each of the novels prescribed for study. Candidates shall be required to answer one question only from each section within 1 hour 15 minutes for 50 marks.

Paper 3 will be on the Drama and Poetry components of the syllabus. It will be put into  four sections, Sections A, B. C and D as follows:

  • Section A:  African Drama
  • Section B:  Non-African Drama
  • Section C:  African Poetry
  • Section D:  Non-African Poetry

There shall be two questions on each of the prescribed drama texts for Sections A and B. There shall also be two questions for each of the poetry sections ie Sections C and D.

Candidates shall be required to answer one question from each of the sections, making a total of four questions. The paper will take 2 hours 30 minutes to complete and will carry 100 marks.


(i)  The Unseen Prose passage for Paper 1 shall be about 120 – 150 words long.

(ii) Only context questions shall be set on the Shakespearean text. The context questions will test such items as theme, characterization, style and setting in the Shakespearean text. Waec Result

(iii) No essay question shall be set on the Shakespearean text.

SET TEXTS FOR 2016 – 2020

African Prose

  • AmmaDarko             –           Faceless
  • BayoAdebowale –           Lonely Days

Non-African Prose

  • Richard Wright –           Native Son Npower Recruitment
  • Patience Swift –           The Last Goodman

*William Shakespeare:OTHELLO

Non-African Drama

  • Oliver Goldsmith –           She Stoops to conquer
  • Lorraine Hansberry –           A Raisin in the Sun

African Drama

  • Frank Ogodo Ogbeche          –           Harvest of Corruption
  • Dele Charley –           The Blood of a Stranger

African Poetry

  • Birago Drop –           Vanity Jamb Result
  • GbemisolaAdeoti –           Ambush
  • Gabriel Okara            –            Piano and Drums
  • Gbanabam Hallowell            –            The Dinning Table
  • Lenrie Peter –           The Panic of Growing Older
  • Kofi Awoonor –           The Anvil and the Hammer

Non-African Poetry

  • Alfred Tennyson –           Crossing the Bar
  • George Herbert   –           The pulley
  • William Blake –           The School Boy
  • William Morris –          The Proud King
  • Robert Frost Birches            –          Birches Pounds to Naira
  • William Shakespeare –           Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s Day?

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