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About National Examination Council(NECO ) Syllabus

The National Examination Council (NECO) is an examination board that conducts the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) for internal and external candidates within Nigeria. This examination board also conducts other examinations such as the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) and Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

The SSCE conducted by NECO is an examination written by students who have concluded their senior secondary education. The certificate is one of the prerequisite documents for gaining admission into a tertiary institution for students who are willing to further their education.

The BECE is an examination written by students who have completed their junior secondary education and are willing to advance to the senior secondary level.

The NCCE is an exam taken by students in their final year of primary education, typically in the 6th year.

NECO has an online result verification/confirmation system where students can check their SSCE, BECE, and NCCE results, using purchased tokens.

History of NECO Examination

NECO was established in 1999 by the former head of state of Nigeria Abdulsalami Abubakar. This establishment was because most of the Nigerian citizens wanted an examination board that would meet their needs. It was the first board that gave cheaper registration to students taking exams in Nigeria.
NECO took over from the National Board for Educational Management, established by the Ibrahim Babangida administration in 1992. It was under the control of Abubakr M. Gana. The first NECO exam was held in 2000.

Before the establishment of NECO, the West African Examination Council (WAEC) was the only exam for senior secondary students in Nigeria. One of the major reasons for the establishment of  NECO is due to the annual increase of the SSCE candidates for the examination.

The NECO Grading System

The performance and grading of the SSCE candidates in the NECO examination can be determined by the grading system. The basic criteria for admission into a tertiary institution and employment in most organizations in Nigeria are 5 credits in Mathematics, English, and 3 other subjects related to the field of study, in a minimum of two sittings.

Below is the table of the NECO grading system:







70 – 74


Very Good

65 – 69



60 – 64



55 – 59



50 – 54



45 – 49



40 – 44



39 and below 



The NECO Registration Procedure

Below is the procedure for NECO registration for private and school candidates:

Private Candidate

  1. The first step is to visit the NECO official website.
  2. After visiting the official site, create an online account, using your phone number and email address.
  3. After creating the account, visit your email address to verify the account.
  4. You can pay the registration fee into NECO TSA afterwards, using either of the following options: Card, bank branch, USSD, internet banking, wallet, eNAIRA.


Note: avoid the use of bank transfers.

  1. You can then enter your bio data and upload your passport.

School Candidate

  1. Visit the school of your choice.
  2. You can register as a full student of the school and take part in the ss2 mock exams if necessary.
  3. You can pay for the NECO registration fee to obtain your registration form with or without taking part in the mock exams.
  4. Fill out the registration form properly and submit it with other required documents.

Requirements For NECO Registration

The following are the requirements for NECO registration:

  1. Eligibility: students are those in their final year of senior secondary school (ss3). Students of any class below are not eligible for the exam.
  2. Registration Process: candidates need to follow the registration procedures properly.
  3. Personal Information: one of the vital requirements of the registration is details such as your email address, password, and date of birth.
  4. Photographs: candidates need at least 4 passport photographs for registration.
  5. Fees: candidates need to pay the registration fee to complete the process.

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How to Check NECO Result


If you have written you NECO exams and upon the release of the result you are finding it difficult to check your result, take the following steps:

  1. Visit the NECO official website.
  2. After opening the official site, select your examination year and type.
  3. Enter your token, if you do not have it. You can purchase it on the official website.
  4. After that type your registration number and click the check my result button.

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Frequently Asked Questions About NECO Exam

Is BECE also NECO?

The BECE results determine which students are eligible to advance to senior secondary school. Administered by the National Examination Council (NECO), this test is mandatory for admission to senior secondary schools in Nigeria.

Can NECO result be used to study abroad?

If the overseas institution you wish to attend accepts NECO as a valid qualification, you are eligible to apply. Nonetheless, it is advantageous to possess globally recognized credentials such as IGCSE, GCE, or TOEFL/IELTS in addition to NECO, as NECO alone might not meet all requirements.

What Is the official life-span of NECO Certificates?

NECO certificates have no expiry date.

What is the responsibility of NECO?

NECO conducts national exams for secondary school students in Nigeria, such as the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) and the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

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