The West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is an examination written by some countries in West Africa during their secondary education. Students who sit for the WASSCE examination will obtain the West African Senior School Certificate that confirms their graduation from secondary education.
We have two different WASSCE examinations namely:
- WASSCE for School Candidates (May/June) is the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for school candidates. It is taken by final year students in senior secondary schools. They wear their respective school uniforms. This examination is offered during the summer (April to May), and the results are available by August.
- WASSCE for Private Candidates (Nov/Dec), also known as General Certificate Examination (GCE) or WAEC GCE, is a private examination and uniforms are not required but biometric registration is compulsory as in the former. This examination is only offered during autumn and it is usually taken by secondary school leavers who want to correct deficiencies in their results. The results are available by December.
Under the WAEC Marking and Grading Scheme, the letters A to F are used to indicate how good a result is. Explanations: In other words, To get an A in WAEC Mathematics, you need to score above 75% in the Exam. 75% means you are able to get 75 questions correctly out of 100 questions.
For University admission, 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.
In Nigeria, senior secondary school students can take either the WASSCE or the National Examination Council (NECO) exam.
Students who choose to study in Nigerian universities are required to sit the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), an entrance examination administered by the state-owned Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).