Current WAEC Syllabus For Literature (+PDF)

Would you like to know the topics in the syllabus where all your WAEC Literature questions will come from?

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You will see and download your current WAEC syllabus for Literature theory and objective examination in SSCE and GCE this year.

ALSO SEE: WAEC Syllabus For All Other Subjects In SSCE and GCE

Take note.

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

Now to the syllabus…

WAEC Literature syllabus (1)

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

  • (a) Twenty questions on General Knowledge of Literature; 
  • (b) Five questions on an unseen prose passage; 
  • (c) Five questions on an unseen poem; 
  • (d) Twenty context questions on the prescribed Shakespearean text. 

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

WAEC Literature syllabus (2)

Paper 2 will be an essay test with two sections, Sections A and B. 

  • Section A will be on African Prose.
  • 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.

WAEC Literature syllabus (3)

Paper 3 will be on the Drama and Poetry components of the syllabus. It will be put into four 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 i.e 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.
  • (iii) No essay question shall be set on the Shakespearean text.

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