NECO frequently asked questions and answers


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This post was created to answer questions students may have about NECO examinations. We have done our research and we know questions students are asking about NECO.

Though, if you don’t find an answer to your question, you can use the comment section to ask your question. So here we go.


What is the full meaning of Neco?

N..E.C.O is the abbreviation for the National Examination Council. Neco is an exam regulatory body in Nigeria that conducts examinations at the secondary school level.

What is Neco website?

Neco’s official website is

Can I check Neco result without the scratch card?

No, you cannot. You need a pin to check your Neco result. This pin can only be found in the Neco scratch card.

How can I upgrade my Neco result?

Don’t fall for that scam. NECO result cannot be upgraded. Anybody that tells you it is possible to upgrade NECO result is only trying to cheat you.

When will NECO result come out?

NECO SSCE result (normal NECO) comes out by September while NECO GCE result comes out by February. You can subscribe to our email list with the box at the end of this post to get updates concerning NECO result.

Can I combine WAEC and NECO result for Admission?

Yes, you can combine WAEC and NECO results for admission. Any school that accepts two sittings will accept a WAEC and NECO combination. For instance Yabatech; Yabatech accepts two sittings.

How do I get NECO exam timetable?

There are two versions of the NECO timetable; The NECO SSCE timetable and the NECO GCE timetable. Click on the appropriate link to download the NECO timetable;

How can I get NECO office address?

The National Examination Council (NECO) has offices in the whole states in Nigeria. NECO head office is located at Western bye pass, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe road, Minna, Nigeria. For the complete list of NECO offices in Nigeria click the link.

Where can I buy NECO result checker scratch card?

You can buy the NECO result checker scratch card from any of the NECO offices in your state. But if the office is far from you, consider buying from us. Click here to buy the NECO scratch card from us.

How can I collect my Original NECO result?

You can get your original NECO ssce result from the secondary school where you did the examination. The NECO GCE original result can be gotten at NECO office.

There was a mistake on my NECO result, how do I correct it?

If there’s a mistake on your NECO result, the principal of your secondary school has to write a letter to NECO telling them to correct the issue. If the mistake is on NECO GCE result, you have to go to NECO office to lay your complaint. Once you get your result, you should go through it immediately to check for errors.

I have misplaced my NECO exam number, how do I recover it?

NECO exam can be recovered at a NECO office. Check our article to see the full process of recovering a NECO examination number.

As time goes on, we will add more questions and answers to the ones we have already written. You can also read our post on WAEC frequently asked questions and answers.

Do you have any question about NECO? Use the comment section to drop your question and we may include it in this post with the answer to your question.


  1. Pls i wrote my NECO exams in 2017.
    The name of the school i wrote d exam is Community secondary school, Nduruku when d result came out, they wrote Comprehensive secondary school, Nduruku.
    Is that a problem?
    I want to know the one that will appear in my original certificate.

  2. Good Evening,please how can I collect my Original Neco Certificate for Nov/Dec 2004 and what are the requirement ?

  3. Sir my name is Harry. The school I wrote my NECO exam has closed up, no longer functioning and so, I have lost contact with the school. Is there any other way I can get my certificate?

  4. Sorry sir, my school is requesting for my neco original certificate or the exam spreadsheet .I did my exam 2017 .,please how do I go about it because they did not accept online copy please sir is very urgent thanks

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    Hello sir, I did my mathmatics exam yesterday and a mistaken take the answer booklet home, when I get home I don’t know the book was inside my bag, it was the next day I checked my bag and I saw the answer booklet inside my bag, please how can I do it for me to summit it in the neco office?

  6. Excuse me sir, please I need this answer urgently:
    1. Have the original certificate of NECO SSCE 2016 comes out?
    3. Can I use my NECO online result for admission? Thanks

    • NECO certificates take two to three years before they are released; visit the school where you wrote the exam to confirm if it has been released. Yes, you can use NECO result for admission.

      • I need my NECO certificate to attest I graduated from High School here in USA. Do you think NECO will issue my certificate to my sister if i order her to act as my proxy ??

  7. Plz sir I wrote my neco 2017 exam, and my school is requesting 4 original result, d one I print out from the cafe with scratch card is that d original? and can I take that alone with me on my screenin date

    • That’s the online copy of your result. The original certificate is not ready yet. You can present the online copy to your school, they should accept that.

    • Online copy is different from your school copy. Go to your school where you sat for the exam and apply for the statement of result which should be ready by now.

      Since you wrote it in 2017, the certificate will be out either end of this year or next year.

  8. Comment:Sorry I wasn’t able to write my trade subject last year due u my sickness…. Can I still be appointed into the University with 3A’S, 2B’S, and 3C’S

  9. hello boss
    i didnt add civic education in my lists of subject while registering for neco ssce
    but i wrote it
    plz how do i correct it

  10. Good day, since 2008 that i have done my Neco, my school entirely is unable to get our original certificate. The school has written some many letters to neco office and all what they are saying is that they will print it out soon.. The name of the school is HOLAD HIGH SCHOOL ILARA MOKIN ONDO STATE… Please any help on how to go about it?

  11. Sir, how can I my neco certificate now. I did my neco exam in may/ June 2003. I only have the statement of result . I am now living in far.

  12. if i am doin neco registration how can i rest my password to put new one
    how can i get cafe operator i d working one

  13. Please, has NECO released its 2016 SSCE original result? Pls, sir, I will be quiet appreciative if I can get an urgent reply. Thanks in anticipation of your prompt response.

  14. Can I use my neco gce results print out 4 admission. Dat s during physical screening. Or must it be statements of results.

    • It depends on the school. Some schools accept the online print out while some request for the original certificate.

  15. What can l do if any of my Nov/Dec 2008 result is cancelled? Double stars are indicated on my English language result while I cleared other papers.

  16. Sir,l wrote Nov/Dec 2008 neco exam but my English language result showed **. I know this star means cancellation. Sir, can it still be released.

  17. I lost my result and the registration number to get a new print out is my problem.. Please can I retrieve my Neco Reg. No..? I sat for it 2015 in Lagos and now am in Abia.. I need the result to process my admission.. How can I retrieve it.. Thanks

    • If it’s a NECO SSCE result, go to the secondary school where you wrote the exam and ask for it. For NECO GCE, go to the NECO office in the state you wrote the exam.

  18. Hi sir, I’m melody by name. I want to know when the 2017 Neco results will come out. And does it carry date of birth? Can one change his or her date of birth? I’m seeking for admission abroad and was told that I might have problem because the date of birth in my neco registration is difference with the one in my international passport. Can the date be changed?

    • NECO result or certificate does not carry the date of birth. You can only make changes to of the information you earlier filled at a NECO office.

  19. It just daWn on me, I wrote Neco External 2007 November/December… As at when the result was released, it was pending! Does Neco later release all pended results?

  20. I am a foreign trained graduate, I was not mobilised for batch A because i lost my original waec cert. my question is can I use my NECO cert in lieu of my WAEC certificate, since my sch is also accepting NECO

  21. Good afternoon, my name is Abazuom Precious. I wrote my NECO exam in 2009, and when i went to collect my original from my school, after thoroughly finding it, i was told that it was lost because they couldn’t find it. Please my question is, what can i do because i really need the original for my Masters application this September. Thanks

  22. gudday. I wrote my Neck exam 2006 and my date of birth is 1991 but the school registered me with 1981 what can I do now, hope it will not affect me

    • You could leave it that way. Unlike WAEC, NECO does not display candidates date of birth on the original certificates.

    • Your date of birth won’t be stated on your original certificate. If you still want to change it, go to a NECO office.

  23. Good day, I recently lost my Neco Result/Original/photocopies to a flood caused by a heavy down pour in my absence.  Please how can i retrieve my original certificate or a print out.  I took the exam as far back as 2007/2008.  I don’t have the reg number or exam number saved anywhere. All i have is my Full name which i used to write the Examination. Please what can i do? Thanks 

  24. what will I do if I made a mistake by writing someone else seat number in my neco examination answer paper and I don’t know if I will get my result.

    • Yes you can use NECO result to get admitted at FUTA or any other school. NECO results usually comes out 3 months after the exams.

  25. I write my neco in 2013 but my father name was incorrect instead of Abdurrashid musa they write Abdurrashid habibu musa how can I correct it please.

  26. pls how can I change the name on my neco .Shawulu jonathan and I used Shawulu Jonathan mshelizah can I compiled them.

  27. I did NECO exam since 2006 at Anambra State nd i was given d statement of result by d sch.and i need d original certificate. Can i get it from NECO office here in Lagos State ?

  28. I checked my result with a scratch card but I didn’t print it out due to some issues
    I need d result now and I can’t find the scratch card. ..can I buy a new scratch card to check the result?

  29. Dos NECO result bear candidate date of birth.and how many years it takes for original NECO certificate to be out.

  30. HEllo sir ..I wrote my neco ssce in 2012 and I really need the original certificate now but my problem is I am not in Nigeria for now can my mum or any of my family go to the school and get it for me

  31. Please is it possible for jam to extend their result uploading time cos I did neco nov/dec but wen I tried checking it said invalid registration num so I put in for this June/July nd my jamb result is out already

  32. HEllo sir ..I wrote my neco ssce in 2012 and I really need the original certificate now but my problem is I am not in Nigeria for now can my mum or any of my family go to the school and get it for me ????

  33. Pls Mr Chris love to know if it is possible to get another neco original certificate, loss mine in an inferno, also what should I do?

  34. Hello christoper
    I hv made correction of my name @ my state neco office since 25/05/2017 through my school & it has been send to minna 4 d correction, but till i check online no change dat hv been done. Pls how long does it take 4 dem 2 correct it. & it’s 2016 june/july 2016 exam. thnx 4 ur response

  35. Pls Mr. Chris, I wrote neco gce of nov dec 2016. and all my results has been released. I really want to knw if I can use the CERTIFICATE of my secondary school for admission screening along with my neco result since neco CERTIFICATE can only be released after 2-3 yrs of the exam. Hope there won’t be any problem?

  36. I’m a science student offering further mathematics, geography, economics plus the compulsory 5 subjects. But I was mistakenly registered as commercial student. Pls is there a solution?.

  37. Pls,i pass my jamb exam but i used current neco awaiting result..can jamb be delay or can they wait for neco before starting processing admission.guess,is it possible

  38. Can’t find my photocard of my GCE but I have the result printout,can I get the original result without photo card,what are the requirements for collecting since I didn’t my photocard

  39. pls can someone apply for 2017 jamb with neco awaiting result and what will the person do to meet before admission started

  40. Hello Mr Christopher, please I wrote my neck ssce since 2008 but I need the Original cert urgently, can I get in Neck office in Ilupeju without going to my school.

  41. please I wrote my neco ssce during 2013…I went to my secondary school for the original cert buh was told that it isn’t available… I need it urgently for my clearance in the university…
    Can I get it in Neco office ?..
    Also wah do I need to take along with me?
    thanks alot..

    • You can only get it from your secondary school since it is NECO SSCE. Though the result is supposed to be available, you can go to NECO office to ask questions. For the things you need to go along with, kindly go through the post.

  42. Greetings Sir, I saw this sign * in one of the subject I sat for in neco result, can u explain to me the meaning of it?
    kindly send me address of neco office in Abuja.

  43. Pls my original neco certificate was partially damaged by water what can I do about it? How do I recover the certificate? I need your response very urgently please.


  45. i just registered for neco ssce 2017 i afterwards noticed that i did not include one compulsory subject, can correct this mistake now after i have registered

  46. Hello Mr Christopher, how much will it cost to collect the original NECO gce certificate from the state branch.

  47. Please for the past 3 years I have been visiting the secondary school I wrote my NECO to ask for my 2011 certificate. I was told that it was delayed. Please was it really delayed and why?

  48. I have been offered admission into polytechnic with my waec exam but in my waec I don’t have English and in my waec iam using three 3 names and I write neco exams nov /dec it appear 2 names. Pls can that be a problem I need help

  49. Please I wrote my neco gce exam in ogun state since 2006 and I want to get my original neco gce certificate can I get it in lagos and what is the procedure like.

  50. pls durinq my neco gce registration i get a prblm in my date of birth so and now i register my jamb with tha real date of birth of mine and ah upload tha neco result durinq tha jamb reg so pls any prblm now concerninq this? pls reply asap

  51. pls sir i hav problem in my neco result my name is saheed islamiyat aiyegun want i check my result they write my name likedis shaeed islamiyat aiyegunwhy so be dis saheed

  52. Can you goto screening With that print out I think they most demand the Original result. And when will the Original result be out pls

  53. It is nov/dec 2016 that’s why I ask and nov/dec is external not internal can that centre that I write exam give me the statement of results

  54. I have problems in my neco exams nov/dec 2016 in my name instead of Ahmad mansur it come out Ahmed Mansur how will u correct me pls cristopher i need answer pls

  55. I wrote neco exams nov/dec 2016 and i have problems in my name instead of Ahmad mansur it come out Ahmed Mansur. and the result is already out. Pls how can u correct me pls

  56. To get my neco result nov/dec 2016
    do i need to use my photo card given to me wen i registered or should i buy neco scrach card.Actually wen i used my photo card to check no result appeared so should i buy the neco scrach card???

  57. Good day NECO.Pls,i was not satisfied by the Oct/Nov.result that was just released. All the student in Delta state failed Geography in my center which is not possible. Do not know the channel to which I can lodge my complaints. Kindly assist.

  58. Please, I printed my result of the Nov/Dec 2016 NECO GCE a while ago, I need the original certificate. I don’t know how to go about it, please help.

  59. but the neco GCE result is meant to come out first week or second week of February, please if I can’t provide this result before 15th then I will lose my admission… please I av been seeking for admission for over 5year now and now I have finally gotten it. please release the result so that I can proceed with my admission… please thank you

  60. please I rili nid to knw wen neco Gce result will b out bcoz I av bin granted admission nd without d result I cnt continue wit my clearance, pls give me a reply on wen neco GCE 2016 will b out pls …tnk u

  61. I registerd 8 subjects and will be able to write only 4 or 5 due to relocation of our centre from Vandeikya to katsina Ala in Benue state. Can I still get results for those I will write?


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