West African Senior School Certificate Examination

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The West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is a type of standardized test in West Africa. It is administered by the West African Examinations Council . It is only offered to candidates residing in Anglophone West African countries. The academic school-leaving qualification awarded upon successful completion of the exams is the West African Senior School Certificate (WASSCE)

The examinations[edit]

There are two different types of the examination:

  • WASSCE (November/December) - The Nov Dec results will be out on 11 December 2014. But students in Kasoa who wrote at Nsayina secondary school had good passes and probably under suspect. With a least grade on 23
  • WASSCE (May/June) - Also known as the Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE), by its former name; this examination is made for all private and public schools in West Africa. They must also wear distinctive uniforms as described in the standards set by the school boards. This examination is offered during the summer (May to June), and the results are available by August.


The following subjects are offered for West African Senior School Certificate Examination candidates:[1]

  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Geography
  • Technical Drawing
  • English Language
  • Literature in English
  • Fine Art
  • Music
  • French
  • Commerce
  • Economics
  • Hausa Language
  • Ibo Language
  • Yoruba Language
  • Government

WAEC grading system[edit]

Grades Definition Interpretation
A1* Excellent 90
- 100%
B2* Very Good 75% - 79%
B3* Good 70% - 74%
C4 Credit 65% - 69%
C5 Credit 55% - 64%
C6 Credit 50% - 54%
D7 Pass 45% - 49%
E8 Pass 40% - 44%
F9 Fail 0% - 39%

Official guideline for university admission[edit]

Candidates are advised that they will be required to satisfy not only the university's general entrance requirements but also the requirements of the particular faculty which they wish to enter and that these requirements vary considerably. Particulars of entrance requirements and exemption regulations may be obtained from the universities or professional bodies concerned.


Students who choose to study in public universities are required to sit for the entrance examinations administered by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). This is also required while applying to the private American-style university in Yola, the ABTI-American University of Nigeria (AAUN). It is nice to study well now that Nigerian education is becoming very competitive. The 2014 Jamb will be very competitive

United Kingdom[edit]

Universities in the United Kingdom may, in addition, require candidates to complete a one-year Foundation course or acceptable alternative.[2]

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations", http://www.waecnigeria.org/
  2. ^ "Guidelines for university entrance", http://www.waecnigeria.org/exams_3.htm.

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