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NABTEB Syllabus

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About National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) Syllabus

The National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) was established in 1992 by the National Board for Education Measurement (NBEM). It was created because of the need for a credible and reliable examination body to assess and certify skills and competencies in technical and vocational education. 

Over the years, NABTEB has evolved into a leading examination body in Nigeria and conducts examinations in business, technical, and vocational fields. The NABTEB’s examinations are designed to test your practical knowledge and hands-on skills and this makes them highly relevant for all who wish to pursue careers in technical and vocational fields. 

The certifications awarded by NABTEB are recognized nationally and internationally and provide opportunities for candidates to further their education or enter the job market with the necessary skills and confidence. This means that with your NABTEB results, you can further your education at the university or start up a side trade in your preferred choice of business.

Your NABTEB results can also make a good substitute for your WAEC results in some schools abroad so if you want to study abroad and you couldn’t write WAEC, then writing and getting good grades in your NABTEB examinations.

If you’re looking for an exam with a strict and well-detailed exam process, then you’re looking at NABTEB. This body ensures the integrity and quality of technical and vocational education in Nigeria.

Steps to Excel in your NABTEB Examination

To excel in your NABTEB examinations, you should take the following steps:

  1. Start preparing early and create a study schedule. Two weeks is not enough to cover all the topics in the syllabus. Start reading months before the exam so you can be fully prepared when the time comes.
  2. Study with both the recommended syllabus and the past questions booklet. These two resources should be your go-to materials during the exam period. Regular practice with your past questions will help you become familiar with the format of the subjects.
  3. Whenever you encounter a topic you don’t understand, ask questions and seek clarification.
  4. Practice how to manage your time for all subjects. You can use your past questions and a timer for this.
  5. Finally, on the day of the exam, review your answers before submitting. This is why you need to know how to manage time. Always make sure you have enough time after every exam to go through your answers before you submit.

The NABTEB Grading System

The grading system for NABTEB is based on the candidate’s performance in each subject. The highest grade is A, while the lowest grade is F.

The table below shows the grading criteria for candidates writing NABTEB





(5 Grade Points)




(4 Grade Points)


Upper Credit


(3 Grade Points)


Lower Credit


(2 Grade Points)




(1 Grade Point)




(0 Grade Point)



If you’ll be taking the NABTEB exams, you must aim for a good grade because your grades determine your admission status in higher institutions.

Having at least a 60% which will give you a C or D is a must or you could have problems getting admission and may have to re-write the exams.

NABTEB Registration Procedure

Registration for the NABTEB exams usually starts a few months before the exam and the registration fee costs between 15,500 – 18,000 with a late registration fee of 5,000.

Follow the steps below to register for the NABTEB exams:

  1. Obtain the registration form from accredited NABTEB centres or online.
  2. Fill out the form with accurate information and attach the required documents.
  3. Pay the registration fee at designated banks or online payment platforms.
  4. Submit the completed form and payment receipt to the registration centre.
  5. Receive your examination number and other details after successful registration.

NOTE: You can visit a good cyber cafe for your registration as well but ensure you put in your biometrics as it will be needed to confirm your identity on the day of the exam.

Eligibility For The NABTEB Exam.

Students, private candidates, and individuals undergoing vocational training are eligible to take NABTEB exams. 

Candidates must meet the specified age requirements and have completed the necessary coursework or training for the chosen subjects.


Requirements For The NABTEB Exam.

  • Valid identification (e.g., national ID card, school ID, or passport)
  • Examination number and centre details
  • Admit card or examination slip
  • Any other documents or materials specified by NABTEB for certain subjects (e.g., practical exams may require additional tools or equipment).

How to Check NABTEB Result

You can either check your NABTEB exam results on your phone or online by following the steps below:

  1. Via SMS 

To check your NABTEB result on your phone, you need to send an SMS in the format below: 

i.NABTEB*ExamNo*PIN*ExamType*ExamYear Send to 32327. 

Note: There should be no space in the message. Wait for your result to be delivered to your mobile phone via SMS. 

  1. Via Website 

To check your result online, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the official NABTEB website. 
  2. Click on the “Result Checker” option. 

iii. In the provided box, enter your unique Candidate Identification Number (e.g., 38001178). 

  1. Select the type of examination series you participated in. This could be May/June, November/December, Modular (March), Modular (June), or Modular (December). 
  2. Choose the four digits of the examination year you appeared in (e.g., 2023). 
  3. Enter the card serial number located on the reverse side of your scratch card. It usually starts with an alphabet prefix followed by digits (e.g., N123456789). 

vii. Enter the 12-digit NABTEB result checker PIN on your scratch card (e.g., 012345678912). 

viii. Click the “Submit” button and wait patiently for the results window to load.

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Frequently Asked Questions About NABTEB Exam

Who are those qualified to sit for the WASSCE?

In the case of the school May/June 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 

Does WAEC prepare candidates for its examinations?

WAEC does not prepare candidates for its examinations by establishing secondary schools or tutorial centres, and no such institutions are affiliated with the Council.

Why are some results cancelled?

Results are cancelled when candidates or the centre are found guilty of examination malpractice.

How does a candidate collect his/her certificate?

School candidates collect their certificates from their schools while private candidates obtain theirs directly from WAEC.

What Is the official life-span of WAEC Certificates?

WAEC certificates have no expiry date.

Does WAEC replace lost certificates?

No. Instead, it issues statements of results to the owners of lost certificates or, when necessary, confirms their results for a fee.


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