IPS Typewriting Examinations

Elementary Examination

Time allowed: One and a half hours.
Cost: £4.

Task 1: Straightforward copying of a passage of 125 words in 5 minutes, accuracy essential ( = 25 wpm speed needed.)
Task 2: Letter and envelope from manuscript or corrected print.
Task 3: Tabulation with a main heading and possibly simple column headings, 6 to 8 lines long, A4 or A5 paper.
Task 4: Simple form to be completed, e.g. order, telephone message, application.
Task 5: Display, A4 or A5. Attractive placement on page of notice, menu, invitation, etc.

Intermediate Examination

Time allowed: Two and a half hours.
Cost: £5.

Task 1: Straightforward copying of a passage of 230 words in 7 minutes, for accuracy (= 33 wpm speed needed.)
Task 2: Letter with envelope, longer than in Elementary but still on one page. From manuscript with correction signs, with carbon copy, attention/enclosure line, perhaps with displayed inset portion.
Task 3: Tabulation, longer than in Elementary but maximum 12 lines. Column headings and there may be additions, re-arrangement, leader dots, full ruling.
Tasks 4 and 5: Two exercises requiring display, e.g. agenda, memorandum, programme, poetry or form to be typed and completed.

Advanced Examination

Time allowed: Two and a half hours.
Cost: £6.

Task 1: Straightforward copying of passage of 380 words in 10 minutes, for accuracy (= 38 wpm speed needed.)
Task 2: Letter with continuation page, more than one carbon copy may be required, also there may be re-arrangement of material and display changes.
Task 3: Advanced Tabulation with full ruling, 15-20 lines long, on one page, vertical headings may be required.
Tasks 4 and 5: Two exercises with advanced display, e.g. minutes, reports, chairman’s agenda, legal document, literary passage with footnotes, itinerary, etc.

There are clear instructions on each exercise and these must be obeyed. Ten minutes reading time is allowed at the beginning of the exam for candidates to study the instructions and work required.

For a specimen paper or to take an exam, contact Mary Sorene via e-mail on marysorene@ntlworld.com.

We would welcome enquiries from colleges wishing to become IPS Examination Centres. Please contact Mary Sorene on the above address.

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