WAEC is an abbreviation for West African Examinations Council is a non-profit organization headquartered in Accra, Ghana. It was founded in 1952 following the adoption of the West African Examinations Council Ordinances by the governments of Ghana (formerly the Gold Coast), Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia in 1951.
What is WAEC?
The West African Examinations Council is a law-enforced examination board tasked with determining the examinations required in the public interest in English-speaking West African countries, conducting the examinations, and awarding certificates comparable to those issued by comparable examining authorities internationally.
The structure of the council is divided into three major parts: International committees, National Committees, and Subcommittees.
- International Committee treat matters affecting all member countries and also harmonizes national views pertaining to policies of the council as a whole.
- National committees handle matters relating to specific member countries and articulates national views on issues affecting the policy of the council as a whole.
- Subcommittees work on various aspects of the council’s activities.
The council conducts four different categories of WAEC examinations. They are International Examinations, National Examinations, Examinations conducted in collaboration with other examining bodies, and Examinations conducted on behalf of other examining bodies.
The International exams
These exams are taken in the five countries with the WAEC ordinance. It consists of: WASSCE (West African Senior School Certificate Examination):
- WASSCE FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES (FIRST SERIES) JANUARY–FEBRUARY
- WASSCE FOR (SCHOOL CANDIDATES) MARCH – MAY
- WASSCE FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES (MAIN GCE) SEPTEMBER–OCTOBER
The National examinations
These exams are taken in individual countries. They include:
- the Junior Secondary School Certificate for Nigeria and the Gambia,
- Junior and Senior High School Certificate Examinations for Liberia,
- National Primary School and Basic Education Certificate Examinations for Sierra Leone,
- Basic Education Certificate Examinations for Ghana, and
- Senior School Certificate Examinations for Ghana.
The Collaboration Examinations
The council also coordinates examinations in collaboration with some trustworthy examination bodies. These include:
- City and Guilds of London Institute
- Royal Society of Arts
- WAEC Research Institute
Examinations Conducted on behalf of other bodies
The council also conducts examinations in West Africa on behalf of international examination bodies. These include:
- University of London GCE
- Scholastic Aptitude Test and Graduate Record Examinations for Educational Testing Service, Princeton, USA, and
- JAMB (Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board) examination in countries outside Nigeria.
Candidates who take part in the Examinations receive authentic and reputable certifications from the council. Furthermore, the standard of these certifications is comparable to that of the United Kingdom. This is because the WAEC Ordinance gave the council the authority to conduct examinations and give certificates, as long as the certificates were of a comparable standard to those issued by examining authorities in the United Kingdom.
Heads of office
The Gambia: Mr. Odukoya Victor Opeyemi.
Liberia: Dale G. Gbotoe.
Ghana: Wendy E. Addy-Lamptey (Mrs).
Nigeria: Mr. Patrick Areghan.
Sierra Leone: Mr. Okonkwo Chisom Vincent.
WAEC Location and Contacts
|Accra||Ghana National Office, Examination Loop (Behind Ridge Hospital)||233-021-685901- 4|
|Kumasi||WAEC Branch Office, Near Kumasi Technical Institute (KTI)||233-051-26064 / 34452 / 34454/34448|
|Sekondi||WAEC Branch, Office, Near Regional Administration, Sekondi||233-031-46334 / 46041|
|Cape Coast||WAEC Branch Office, Adisadel Estate||233-042-32878|
|Koforidua||WAEC Branch Office, Old Estate Road||233-081-20922 / 20923 / 20075 / 20921|
|Ho||WAEC Branch Office, Accra Road (Opposite SCC/Ghana Highways Authority Offices)||233-091-28254|
|Sunyani||WAEC Branch Office, (Behind Ghana Legion and District Assembly Offices)||233-061-27016 / 24462|
|Tamale||WAEC Branch Office, (Kalpohin Estates)||233-071-23092 / 23421|
|Bolgatanga||WAEC Branch Office, SOE Residential Area (Near Catering Rest House)||233-072-23232 / 24267|
|Wa||WAEC Branch Office, Regional Administration||233-0756-22278|
|WAEC Headquarters/ National Offices||Address||Contacts|
|WAEC International Office, Lagos||No 3 Watchtower Avenue, Onipanu, Somolu, Lagos Private Mail Bag 1076. Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria||Tel: (234-1)-5820266, 5820704,7915675, 7914351-6 Fax: (234-1) 5820265 Email: [email protected]|
|WAEC Nigeria National Office||21, Hussey Street, Yaba. Private Mail Bag 1022, Yaba, Lagos.||Tel: (01) 7305150, 961016, 2136455, 8974569 Email: [email protected], [email protected] websites: www.waecdirect.org www.waecnigeria.org www.waeconline.org.ng|
|WAEC Branch Offices||Address||Contacts|
|Abeokuta Branch Office||Onikolobo, P.M.B 2161, Abeokuta, Ogun State||Tel: 08020838496, 08043124594 Email: bcabeokut[email protected], [email protected]|
|Ado-Ekiti Branch Office||Omolayo Printing Press, Off Ikere/Ado Ekiti Road, PMB 5451, Ado-Ekiti Ekiti State.||Email: [email protected], [email protected]|
|Akure Branch Office||Behind INEC Office, Alagbaka Qtrs, p.m.b 798,akure, Ondo State.||Tel: 07098707977, 07098806459 Email: [email protected], [email protected]|
|Asaba Branch Office||WAEC Road, Behind Federal Secretariat, Off Okpanan Road, P.M.B: 1020, Asaba, Delta State.||Tel: 056-870840 Email: [email protected], [email protected]|
|Awka Branch Office||Amawbia-Agulu Road Nise P.M.B. 6005, Awka, Anambra State.||Tel: 08026211147 Email: [email protected], [email protected]|
|Bauchi Branch Office||Birshin Fulani, Opp Federal Poly Staff Qrts, Dass Road, P.M.B: 0222, Bauchi, Bauchi State.||Tel: 070-34609590 Email: [email protected], [email protected]|
|Calabar Branch Office||230/232, Murtala Muhammed Highway, P.M.B. 1362, Calabar. Cross River State.||Tel: 07055044114 Email: [email protected], [email protected]|
|Gusau Branch Office||New Central Market Road PMB 01062, Gusau, Zamfara State.||Email: [email protected], [email protected]|
|Ilorin Branch Office||Kaima Road, Oko-Olowo, Oloje Area. Via Federal Government College, P.M.B 1500, Ilorin, Kwara State.||Tel: 031-810610, 07087514751 Email: [email protected], [email protected]|
|Kano Branch Office||Dawakin Dakata, P.M.B 3124, Kano, Kano State.||Tel: 064-310081, 317194, 201697, 08118918981-2 Email: [email protected], [email protected]|
|Katsina Branch Office||Katsina-Kaita road, Kofa Sauri, P.M.B. 2110, Katsina, Katsina State||Tel: 08118918897, 08118918898 Email: [email protected], [email protected]|
|Lokoja Branch Office||Area 8, Hassan Usman Katsina road, PMB 1050, Lokoja, Kogi State||Tel: 058-222568, 09034917511 Email: [email protected], [email protected]|
|Markudi Branch Office||41, Kashim Ibrahim Road, P.M.B. 102390, Makurdi, Benue State.||Tel: 07011581205 Email: [email protected], [email protected]|
|Minna Branch Office||Km 6, Paiko Road, beside College of Education P.M.B. 85, Minna, Niger State||Tel: 09096385690 Email: [email protected], [email protected]|
|Osogbo Branch Office||Alekuwodo Area, Behind Govt Technical College, P.M.B. 4473, Osogbo, Osun State.||Tel: 035 – 207067 Email: [email protected], [email protected]|
|Umuahia Branch Office||Government layout Behind CBN P.M.B. 7090, Umuahia, Abia State||Tel: 09034644992, 09030433834 Email: [email protected], [email protected]|
|Yenagoa Branch Office||Off Winners’ way, opposite Silverbird Galleria, Swali P.M.B. 134, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State||Tel: 08140061631, 08148808467, 08118918941 Email: [email protected], [email protected]|
|Yola Branch Office||Yola-Fufore Road, Beside Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), P.M.B. 2246, Yola, Adamawa State.||Mobile: 0803-492-0081, 0708-335-8876 Email: [email protected], [email protected]|
|Nassarawa branch office||Behind Government Science School, Lafia P.M.B. 153, Lafia||Tel: 07066812295 Email: [email protected], [email protected]|
|Abakaliki branch office||55, Udemezue Street, P. M. B. 042, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.||Tel: 07083468494 Email: [email protected], [email protected]|
Nelson Mandela Avenue, Off Gulf Street,
(Behind Gulf House) Okponglo,
Box GP 125, Accra , Ghana
Tel:+233 302 – 237784/248967
|Banjul Office (The Gambia National Office)||11 Marina Parade, P M B 158, Banjul , The Gambia , West Africa||Tel: Switchboard – (220) 4228340, 4228814 E-Mail: [email protected]|
|Mansakonko Branch Office||Mansakonko, Lower River Division||E-mail: [email protected]|
|Basse Branch Office||Adjacent to St. George’s Upper and Sen. Sec. School Basse, Mansajang Kunda||Email: [email protected]|
|Farafenni Branch Office||Farafenni Town||Email: [email protected]|
|Freetown||Sierra Leone National Office||230-000-000000|
|Kenema||WAEC Branch Office, Kenema.||230-000-000000|
|Kambia||WAEC Branch Office, Kambia.||230-000-000000|
|Kabala||WAEC Branch Office, Kabala.||230-000-000000|
|Magburaka||WAEC Branch Office, Magburaka.||230-000-000000|
|Koidu||WAEC Branch Office, Koidu.||230-000-000000|
|Sheribo Island||WAEC Branch Office, Sheribo Island.||230-000-000000|
The West African Examinations Council
|Tubmanburg Branch Office|
|The West African Examinations Council|
|Tubmanburg, Bomi County|
|E-mail: [email protected]|
How can I check my WAEC result?
How to check your WASSCE result
- Visit the result checking portal for your country. [WAEC Checker Portals]
- Enter your Index Number.
- Select the Type of Examination (e.g. WASSCE).
- Enter the 12-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) on your Voucher eg. 012345678912.
How can I get WAEC certificate?
So, if you have an internal exam, please go to your school to pick it up. If you are a private candidate, you must contact the nearest WAEC office and inquire. Just keep in mind that if it’s been more than a year since your certificate was issued, you’ll have to pay a charge to get it.
What is the pass mark for WASSCE?
To pass the WASSCE, you must get an A1-E8 on your WAEC WASSCE exams. A minimum score of 75 percent on the Exam is required to get an A1. You must Score a total score of at least 40% on both portions of the exam.
Is it possible to change my WAEC date of birth?
Don’t worry if you wish to change your name and date of birth at the same time. You simply need to make a single payment. An Application Letter: You must write an official letter to WAEC requesting a name or date of birth change (as the case may be). Keep in mind that it must be a formal letter; else, your application will be refused.