The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released the Official structure of the English Language Paper for Private BECE Candidates only to be written on February 12,2018.
The Examination Council has selected some texts from The Cockcrow on which the candidates shall be examined on.
The texts are:
• Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
• Sosu and the Bukari Boys by Lawrence Darmani
• The Dilemma of a Ghost by Ama Ata Aidoo
• The Colour of God by V. B. Aakye
For the avoidance of doubt, The Examination Council wish to state that these selected texts are for the 2018 examination only. Candidates are therefore required to study the entire anthology for the examinations from 2019 onwards.
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Theere will be two papers; Paper 1 and Paper 2. Candidates are required to take both papers for 100 marks:
Paper1: Lexis and Structure 30 marks
This will be a multiple choice test made up of thirty ( 30) questions. It will consist of four sections; A, B, C and D and will be taken in 35 minutes for 30 marks.
NB : There will be no questions on General Knowledge of Literature. The questions on literature will be set on the texts selected for study. Candidates are therefore advised to study the texts closely. Teachers should guide students to identify and appreciate the literary devices/qualities of the texts.
The questions will require knowledge of aspects like theme, setting, literary devices, etc. related to the texts.
Paper 2: Essay – 70 marks
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This Paper will consist of three parts: A, B, and C. The candidates are to answer the questions in 1 hour 10 minutes for 70 marks.
Part A: Essay Writing – 30 marks
There will be three essay topics for candidates to choose one and write on it.
Part B: Comprehension – 30 marks
There will be a compulsory Comprehension passage for candidates to read and answer all the questions on it for 30 marks.
Part C: Literature – The Cockcrow: 10 marks Candidates will be required to answer 10 question for 10 marks.
The questions will be based solely on extracts from the “The Cockcrow” and candidates will be expected to supply short answers to the questions.
At least two questions will be set on each genre each year. The questions will require close familiarity with the texts.