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WAEC Syllabus

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About West African Examination Council (WAEC ) Syllabus

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) is a body in charge of conducting external examinations for students in West Africa.

It was established in 1952, and the very first exam was conducted the next year. The main aim of the exam is to assess your understanding of various subjects based on the given curriculum. WAEC also aims to promote educational excellence, integrity, and fairness while assessing your academic achievement.

Countries under the body include Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Liberia. 

For the WAEC examinations, you are expected to pick 9 subjects including Mathematics, English, Civic Education and any trading subject(eg Data Processing, Catering & Craft, Dyeing & Bleaching, etc). The remaining subjects should be chosen based on your interests, strengths and relevance to your preferred undergraduate degree.

If you plan to study abroad, do not panic or neglect WAEC because your WAEC results can also be used for your undergraduate studies in countries like USA, Canada, UK, Germany and the rest of them.

Steps to Excel in your WAEC Examination

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

  1. Study your syllabus: You must study your syllabus for all the subjects you will be writing. Focus on all topics outlined in the WAEC syllabus for each subject.
  2. Practice Past Questions: Regular practice with your past questions will help you become familiar with the format of the subjects.
  3. Read To Understand: Alot of students believe cramming a day before is the best way to study but the best way is to read and understand what you have read.
  4. Time Management: Practice how to manage your time for all subjects. You can use your past questions and a timer for this.
  5. Revision: Finally, ensure you revise after reading to make sure what you have read sticks.

Follow these 5 tips above and you can be sure that your exam will be like a walk in the park for you.

The WAEC Grading System

Having a good grade is very important in every exam especially one like WAEC which will determine your admission status in higher institutions.

Below is a table showing how WAEC grades you depending on your score







70 – 74


Very Good

65 – 69



60 – 64



55 – 59



50 – 54



45 – 49



40 – 44



39 and below 



It is very important to score at least 50% which will give you a C6 in the 4 compulsory subjects as well as your core subjects or you could have problems getting admission and may have to re-write the exams.

For example, if you want to study Medicine and Surgery, you should try hard to score high in Mathematics, English, Civic Education, and the trade subject you are writing and your core subjects which are: Physics, Biology, and Chemistry.

How to Check WAEC Result

There are two ways to check your WAEC results:

  1. Via SMS

Using your mobile device; follow these steps below:

  1. Type WAEC *Exam No*PIN*ExamYear
  2. Send to 32327

iii. You will receive a message instantly containing your WAEC statement of result.

NOTE: Only MTN, Glo & Airtel Subscribers can check their WAEC Results using this SMS method.

Also, note that SMS charges will be applied when checking your WASSCE result using text messages.

  2. Via the Website

To check your WAEC Result; 

  1. Visit and log in. 
  2. Enter your Examination Number

iii. Select Examination Type e.g May/June

  1. Select Exams Year e.g 2023
  2. Click on Check Result.

NOTE: You will need a WAEC scratch card or ID to check.

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Frequently Asked Questions About WAEC 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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