WAEC 2021 – Frequently Asked Questions About WAEC

  • What is WAEC?

Answer: WAEC is an abbreviation of West African Examination Council. Established in 1952, the council is in charge of organizing and evaluating examination for senior secondary students or external candidates desiring to get admitted into higher institutions in English-speaking West African countries.

Read more on the difference between WAEC and NECO

  • When is WAEC GCE?

Answer: GCE is an abbreviation of General Certificate of Examination. It is similar to the Senior Certificate of Examination (SSCE) or WAEC. GCE is conducted as a supplement for students who did not get their required results from their SSCE examination. The WAEC body also conducts the GCE examination. It is usually conducted towards the ending of the year; this is why it is called ‘WAEC Nov/Dec’. Registration for WAEC GCE starts in June and the registration has been extended till September. The date for the exam is yet to be fixed.

NB: The WAEC GCE form is now out and you can buy your WAEC GCE Pin now

  • How much is WAEC card?

Answer: The WAEC scratch card is used for checking WAEC results. It is a plastic card with a scratch shield on the opposite side, which conceals a pin that grants permission for checking your results. It is a pin card which contains pin and serial number. It can be bought offline or online. According to the WAEC website, the pin costs #700, but the price may vary according to retailers; therefore, it is better to get the card at the WAEC national or zonal branch offices. You can only check your results for 5 times with the use of one pin.

  • How can I pass WAEC?

Answer: There are some basic rules you must follow if you want to pass WAEC exams successfully

  • Prepare well. Start reading and revising early, use recommended textbooks and practice your speed.
  • Pay attention during classes and lessons.
  • Seek help on anything you don’t understand
  • Cover the syllabus
  • Study past questions
  • Have a positive mindset and try not to panic.
  • Use memory aids
  • Study in groups with friends.
  • Learn how to answer WAEC questions 
  • Be registered in a certified and reliable centre
  • Read instructions well.
  • Work on your handwriting.
  • Pray
  • What is the date for WAEC 2020?

Answer: Despite the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world at present, schools and institutions have managed to continue schooling and taking exams, while adhering with precautions. The West African Examination Council is not left out. They have also fixed date for examinations. WAEC 2020 exams run from August 17, 2020 to September 12, 2020.

  • What is the difference between WAEC and WASSCE?

Answer: WAEC and WASSCE are very much similar. The differences between them are just in the names and meanings. WAEC stands for West African Examination Council while WASSCE stands for West African Senior School Certificate Examination. WASSCE is a part of WAEC. WASSCE is the WAEC examination for senior secondary school students writing final exams in senior secondary school 3 while WASSCE is conducted by WAEC.

  • How many years do WAEC results last?

Answer: Is there any limit to how long our WAEC results can last? Do not panic or fret. The fact is that your WAEC results are valid for a lifetime. They have no expiry date. The certificates awarded by the WAEC examination body for those who pass their ‘achievement test’ (WAEC and other similar exams conducted by the examination council) lasts for life.

  • What is the role of WAEC?

Answer: The West African Examination Council, has been around for precisely 68 years now, partnering with different stakeholders like government of different levels, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions and bodies to provide educational services for a widespread number of people. It conducts examinations required in public interests in English-speaking West African countries and awards certificates that are equivalent with exam authorities worldwide. It also ensures educational standards are preserved and also accords West African people a vision of great potentials that are greater than examinations.

  • Is WAEC better than GCE?

Answer: Most people have argued in favour of WAEC, especially students who have written the examinations. Many argue that WAEC candidates are better prepared for examination since they are still in school session when their exams take place, so they can be taught thoroughly and prepare well for exams. GCE candidates might have deserted their books for months, which might make the exams harder for them and difficult to pass. It has also been argued that GCE may be ridden with irregularities, since students probably write exams in different environments or even enroll in ‘special centers’.

  • Which day will junior WAEC start?

Answer: Junior WAEC also known as Junior School Certificate Examination is a WAEC examination for students in Junior Secondary School 3 (JSS 3). Mainly, the examination decides one’s advancement to Senior Secondary School. It is also essential for a Basic Education Certificate. It can also be used for admission into technical institutions. Junior WAEC 2020 starts from 7September, 2020.

  • How much is WAEC fees in Nigeria?

Answer: There is actually no fixed price for WAEC examinations. Why? This is because, many times, schools add other miscellaneous fees to the main WAEC fees, so the WAEC fees vary from school to school. WAEC fees, from the examination body usually range from #12,000 to #15,000. However, some private schools pay as much as #50,000. Government schools, on the other hand, charge lesser. So, it all depends on the schools or centers where you applied.

  • How many subjects are required for WAEC?

Answer: WAEC candidates are expected to sit for a minimum of 8 subjects and a maximum of 9 subjects during WAEC examinations. Subjects like English, Mathematics and Economics should be automatically selected because they are compulsory. You can then choose other subjects peculiar to your class of study – science, commercial or arts. Even though we have new subjects on the curriculum now, most of these new subjects are hardly considered for admission.

  • Is D7 a pass mark in WAEC?

Answer: D7 is a WAEC grade that stands for pass in WAEC. It means the person scored between 45 percent and 49 percent in the particular examination so graded. However, D7 is not accepted in some higher institutions admission processing. Most of these higher institutions of learning will demand for a minimum of credit grade. D7 is basically considered weak, especially with the grading system of post-UTME (Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination) these days; one’s score might be less when calculated.

  • What grade is distinction in WAEC?

Answer: In WAEC, we have a maximum of 9 grades that can be assigned to each subject namely A1, B2, B3, C4, C5, C6, D7, E8 and F9. Each of these grades has their scores. A1 stands for scores between 75 and 100; B2 = 70 – 74; B3 = 65 – 69; C4 = 60 – 64; C5 = 55 – 59; C6 = 50 – 54; D7 = 45 – 49; E8 = 40 – 44, F9 = 0 – 39. Grades A1, B2 and B3 are considered distinction grades in the marking scheme of the examination body.