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) - Also known as the General Certificate Examinations (GCE), by its former name; all students from private and public schools are allowed to take this examination, and uniforms are compulsory. However, other rules and regulations are applied on every candidate. This examination is only offered during the autumn season,and it usually done by students done with senior secondary school so as to correct their results if needed.the results are available by December.It is also called private examinations of which now its compulsory to register biometrically.
  • WASSCE (May/June) - Also known as the Senior School Certificate Examinationsor (WAEC GCE) (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. It is also a private examination. This examination is offered during the summer (April to May), and the results are available by August.

WAEC grading system[edit]

Grades Definition Interpretation equivalent
A1 Excellent 75% - 100% 1
B2 Very good 70% - 74% 2
B3 Good 65% - 70% 3
C4 Credit 60%- 64% 4
C5 Credit 55% - 59% 5
C6 Credit 50% - 54% 6
D7 Pass 45% - 49% 7
E8 Pass 40% - 44% 8
F9 Fail 0% - 39% 9

Official guidelines 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 Nigerian universities are required to sit for the entrance examinations administered by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) also known as the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

United Kingdom[edit]

Universities in the United Kingdom may in addition, require candidates to complete a one-year foundation course or acceptable alternative. Proof of English proficiency may also be a requirement[1]

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