WAEC Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

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waec examination numberThis post contains some frequently asked questions WAEC candidates ask. In this post, we will try to list these questions and proffer the best answers to them. If you do not find answers to your questions, use the comment box to ask further questions.

For questions concerning NECO examination, check out our post on NECO frequently asked questions.

WAEC Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

1. What is WAEC?

WAEC is the acronym for West African Examination Council. It is the body responsible for secondary school examinations in Nigeria and other West African countries. WAEC is done in five different countries; Nigeria, Ghana, Siera Leone, Liberia, and Gambia.

The West African Examination Council was established in 1952. For a more detailed report on WAEC, you should read this Wikipedia article on WAEC.

2. What is WAEC website?

WAEC has a variety of website. The website for checking WAEC result is different from the one for doing registrations. Below are some of the domains related to WAEC;

  • Waecdirect.org (For checking of results).
  • Waecnigeria.org.
  • waeconline.org.ng.
  • waecheadquartersgh.org (WAEC Ghana).

3. How do I register for WAEC exam?

There is WASSCE, JSCE and WAEC GCE. The West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and Junior Secondary Certificate Examination (JSCE) are registered in the candidate’s school. While the WAEC General Certificate Examination (WAEC GCE) can be registered privately or by going to business centers that offer WAEC GCE registration services.

4. Where can I get WAEC timetable?

You can download the WAEC timetable for the current year from our website. We always update the WAEC timetable every year. Check WAEC timetable here and WAEC GCE Timetable here.

5. How do I check my WAEC result?

WAEC results are easy to check. You need to buy a WAEC scratch card to be able to check WAEC results online. You can purchase WAEC scratch card from us. After you have gotten your scratch card, check our post on how to check WAEC result.

6. Where can I buy WAEC scratch card?

You can get WAEC scratch card from any WAEC office, Authorised dealer outlets or from us. Candidates can purchase the WAEC scratch card from us online. Once we have received payments for the recharge card, we will send you the card serial number and pin to your email address. We could also help you check your result online for free if you request it.

7. Can I use one scratch card to check more than one result?

Once a WAEC scratch card has been used, it cannot be used by another candidate. A trial will only produce error messages.

8. How do I upgrade my WAEC result?

Do not be deceived by scammers online. WAEC result can never be upgraded. These scammers do not have access to WAEC database of results. The scammers can only create a fake paper copy of the result which will be different from what is online. Also, note that; it is a criminal offense to forge results or certificates.

9. Where is WAEC office located?

WAEC has offices in all its member countries. In Nigeria, WAEC has offices in every state in the country. Check out our post on WAEC office address in Nigeria (coming soon)

10. When will WAEC result come out?

The West African Examination Council has stated that WAEC results will be released 60 days after the exam. Immediately the results are out, candidates can go online to check their results.

11. How can I collect my Original WAEC certificate?

You can collect your WAEC original result 2 years after the exam was written. Candidates can get the original result at a WAEC zonal or state office.

12. Can I combine WAEC and NECO result for admission?

Yes. WAEC and NECO results can be combined together for admission into any school that accepts two sittings.

13. There was a mistake on my WAEC result, how do I correct it?

Corrections can only be made by visiting a WAEC office. WAEC has stopped the correction of Biodata.

14. How can I retrieve my WAEC examination number?

We have written a post on how to retrieve WAEC examination number. Take your time to go through the post and learn how to retrieve WAEC exam number with ease. To retrieve a WAEC GCE examination number, visit the WAEC office.

15. Can I use my WAEC result abroad?

Yes, you can. WAEC result can be used to process admission in foreign countries.

16. Do WAEC results expire?

WAEC results do not expire. The results can be used anytime irrespective of the year it was written.

17. When will my WAEC original certificate come out?

It usually comes out two years after the exam was written.

18. Does WAEC replace lost certificates?

No. WAEC does not replace lost certificates. Instead, it issues a statement of results to owners of lost certificates or confirms results for a fee.

19. How do I process a confirmation of result?

A confirmation of result can be gotten by submitting the following to WAEC;

  1.  One plain foolscap envelope
  2. One stamped, addressed envelope for each confirmation of results.
  3. 250 postage stamp for local mails
  4. 350 postage stamp for international mails
  5. An affidavit sworn in a court of law which should contain the candidate’s full name in full, name of examination and year of examination.
  6. Two copies of the candidate’s passport photograph per result.
  7. Fee for confirmation of results (10,000 Naira for overseas and 5000 Naira for institutions within Nigeria)

Just like transcripts, confirmed results are not handed over to candidates. They are sent to the institutions/establishments that requested it from the candidate.

20. Why are some results canceled?

A candidates WAEC result can be canceled if found guilty of examination malpractice.

21. Can Candidates register a protest over exam result?

Only WAEC SSCE candidates can register a protest over their WAEC results. The option is not available for WAEC GCE candidates.
Even then, a school candidate does not write directly to WAEC. It is his principal who, knowing the candidate’s ability, forwards a request for the review of the candidate’s scripts. Of course, there is a specified fee to be paid on every paper to be reviewed. Such requests should be sent in within sixty days of any examination.

22. Who are the people in charge of marking WAEC scripts?

WAEC appoints examiners to mark WAEC scripts. These examiners are usually educationists who are already familiar with classroom situations. The identity of these examiners is not disclosed.

23. How do I contact WAEC for inquiries?

The West African Examination Council has a very active Twitter handle. Anybody with questions can tweet to WAEC @waecnigeria.


These questions have been asked frequently by candidates so we compiled them here with their answers. As time goes on, more questions and answers may be added.

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  • Mary

    Pls can I check my result in Nigeria but it was written in Ghana

    • Yes, you can. The result can be checked online so location is not relevant.

  • yanusa

    Pls i hav my senior school certificate in one school and i wrote my waec in anoda skul.. Wud dat affect my chance of admission in university..

    • Sirhc

      No it won’t affect you.

  • Ann

    Pls i need to see my script and make sure there was no mistake in my result. Cos wat i saw is not my result i need to check it. Pls direct me on wat to do.

    • Sirhc

      Kindly send a tweet to @waecnigeria to get instant reply

  • what will be the time i can be able to visit the website of waec to check my result without a problem from the server.

  • Anyanwu, J.C

    Where invigilator is suspected to have cmpromised a candidates answer script by way of swapping some pages, can the school authority have a way of sighting the marked sript?

    • Christopher

      The school authorities are not in charge of marking scripts. Kindly report such incidence to WAEC. You can visit a WAEC office or tweet WAEC at @waecnigeria.

  • FRANKLIN

    PLEASE I HAVE 5C 2B 2F DID I PASS

    • Christopher

      It depends on the subjects you had the C’s and B’s.

  • Adisa Tawakalitu

    Av check my waec result 3 times but i dnt believe if that result is mine

    • Christopher

      Visit a WAEC office or send them a tweet @waecnigeria

  • Legalu

    Can I combine waec and waec gce?

    • Christopher

      Yes, you can combine both certificates.

  • JOSEPH

    I GOT 2A’s 2B’s 2c’s both in maths,, but d7 in english is this result valid

    • Christopher

      It depends on the course and the tertiary institution you want to attend. But keep in mind that English Language is compulsory for most courses and schools.

  • Anextin

    My bro checked his result and its saying I quote”result not available for this candidate in the specified year” please note we have input all correct data and still showing same thing. Can you help with a resolve to this.thank you

  • moses

    sir pls i av used up all my five trials wit de waec card given to me..how else can i check my result..cus someone said even if i buy scratch card i wont be able to check it i need help

    • Christopher Akuneme

      You have to purchase another WAEC scratch card to check your result.

  • janet

    I bought a scratch card 3yrs ago without using can I still use it or it might av been expired?

    • Christopher Akuneme

      Try and use it; it should still work. There’s no harm in trying.

  • Hammed lekan

    I just collected my 2012 Waec Certificate but I discovered my dob is not correct, but I urgently need it to study abroad, can the dob be changed or can a new certificate be issued, please kindly enlighten me.

    • You have to go for correction at the WAEC office in the state where you did the exam.

      The old certificate would be collected and a new one issued after probably 6months.

  • Dreno Nelson Lordreno

    Pls what does this mean in a waec certificate NGWASSCS 7346274

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