WAEC – Everything You Need to Know in 2022 [ Infographic ]

The West African Examinations Council is West Africa’s first examining board established by law to determine the examinations required in the public interest of the English-speaking West African countries, to conduct the examinations, and to award certificates comparable to those of equivalent examining authorities internationally.

In this infographic, we explore everything you need to know about WAEC including its role, history, and some interesting WAEC statistics.

The History and Functions of West African Examinations Council

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History of WAEC

  • Established in 1952
  • The first WAEC office was located in Accra
  • The first registrar is Mr. Kenneth
  • As of 2021, WAEC is 69 year’s old
  • The first WAEC exam was written in December 1951

Click here to go to WAEC official website and learn more about their history.

What is the Role of WAEC?

  • Assist in the development of sound education
  • Ensure that educational standards are maintained
  • Give the people of West Africa a vision of the great potentials which lie beyond examinations.

Type of WAEC Examinations


List of Countries That Write WAEC

  • Ghana
  • Nigeria
  • Sierra Leone
  • Liberia
  • The Gambia

Some Interesting WAEC Examinations Statistics 2020

1: 1,538,445 wrote the exam
2: 86.99% passed excluding maths and English
3: 65.24% passed including maths and English
4: 49.53% who took the exam were male while 50.47 were female
5: 13.98% was withheld due to exam malpractice
6: Number of special need candidates: 4,280
7: 30 visually impaired candidates, 745 candidates had hearing impairment, 2,852 candidates suffer from low- vision, 38 candidates were spastic cum mentally challenged, while the other 58 candidates were physically challenged.

Check out some more interesting WAEC statistics.

How to Pass WAEC in One Sitting

Preparing for WAEC? Here are some of the best tips to help you pass your WAEC examinations in one sitting.

1: Prepare Well
2: Review Past Exam Questions
3: Study with memory aids
4: Ask for help on anything you don’t understand
5: Attend extra lessons and be attentive
6: Practice your timing
7: Learn to adhere to the instruction
8: Register in reliable exam centers
9: Have a positive mindset

Do you want to know how you can pass WAEC in one sitting? Learn the secret to scoring an all As in your WAEC examination.