In the case of the school examination, the prospective candidate must be in the SS 3 class in a recognized school, For the private candidates' examination, any one of the following categories may enter for the WASSCE:

  1. Those who have attempted the WASSCE in previous years;
  2. Those who have attempted the GCE and obtained a pass in at least three subjects;
  3. Those who have passed the Teachers’ Grade two examination.

No. Accreditation is carried out by the Federal Ministry of Education alone.

WAEC certificates have no expiry date.

WAEC examiners are mostly graduate teachers in secondary schools, and some lecturers in colleges of education, universities and polytechnics. A prospective examiner must be a graduate in the subject he is appointed to mark. In addition, he must have a minimum of two years of classroom teaching experience and must be recommended by the principal of the school in which he teaches.

No. The marking of scripts is handled by examiners appointed by WAEC. They are usually educationists who are familiar with the classroom situation and their identities are not supposed to be disclosed.

Results are partially released due to queries arising from one or a combination of the following mistakes:

  • Wrong transfer of examination numbers in one or more papers;
  • Failure to shade examination numbers;
  • Shading objective sheets with biro pens instead of pencil;
  • Mistakes in entries leading to duplication of subjects.

A comprehensive list of offences is provided in Council's Regulations & Syllabuses.

  • The following, among others, constitute examination malpractice:
  • Candidates bringing books or cribs into the examination hall;
  • Insulting or assaulting any examination official;
  • Swapping of scripts in an examination hall;
  • Replacing their answer scripts with another one during or after the examination;
  • Impersonation;
  • Taking part in mass or organised cheating in the exam hall;
  • All other acts that contravene the rules governing the conduct of the examination.

A Private candidate sends his/her request for an amendment to WAEC directly, while in the case of a school candidate it is the principal who makes the request. In the two instances, the original copy of the certificate should be sent along with the application for amendment. WAEC charges a fee for the amendment where it is discovered that the error emanated from the candidate, otherwise, it is free.