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WAEC: Here is all you need to know

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.

WAEC Structure

The structure of the council is divided into three major parts: International committees, National Committees, and Subcommittees.

Structure of WAEC
  • 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):


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

WAEC Ghana

AccraGhana National Office, Examination Loop (Behind Ridge Hospital)233-021-685901- 4
KumasiWAEC Branch Office, Near Kumasi Technical Institute (KTI)233-051-26064 / 34452 / 34454/34448
SekondiWAEC Branch, Office, Near Regional Administration, Sekondi233-031-46334 / 46041
Cape CoastWAEC Branch Office, Adisadel Estate233-042-32878
KoforiduaWAEC Branch Office, Old Estate Road233-081-20922 / 20923 / 20075 / 20921
HoWAEC Branch Office, Accra Road (Opposite SCC/Ghana Highways Authority Offices)233-091-28254
SunyaniWAEC Branch Office, (Behind Ghana Legion and District Assembly Offices)233-061-27016 / 24462
TamaleWAEC Branch Office, (Kalpohin Estates)233-071-23092 / 23421
BolgatangaWAEC Branch Office, SOE Residential Area (Near Catering Rest House)233-072-23232 / 24267
WaWAEC Branch Office, Regional Administration233-0756-22278

WAEC Nigeria


WAEC Headquarters/ National OfficesAddressContacts
WAEC International Office, LagosNo 3 Watchtower Avenue, Onipanu, Somolu, Lagos Private Mail Bag 1076. Yaba, Lagos, NigeriaTel: (234-1)-5820266, 5820704,7915675, 7914351-6 Fax: (234-1) 5820265 Email:
WAEC Nigeria National Office21, Hussey Street, Yaba. Private Mail Bag 1022, Yaba, Lagos.Tel: (01) 7305150, 961016, 2136455, 8974569 Email:, websites:
WAEC Branch OfficesAddressContacts
Abeokuta Branch OfficeOnikolobo, P.M.B 2161, Abeokuta, Ogun StateTel: 08020838496, 08043124594 Email:,
Ado-Ekiti Branch OfficeOmolayo Printing Press, Off Ikere/Ado Ekiti Road, PMB 5451, Ado-Ekiti Ekiti State.Email:,
Akure Branch OfficeBehind INEC Office, Alagbaka Qtrs, p.m.b 798,akure, Ondo State.Tel: 07098707977, 07098806459 Email:,
Asaba Branch OfficeWAEC Road, Behind Federal Secretariat, Off Okpanan Road, P.M.B: 1020, Asaba, Delta State.Tel: 056-870840 Email:,
Awka Branch OfficeAmawbia-Agulu Road Nise P.M.B. 6005, Awka, Anambra State.Tel: 08026211147 Email:,
Bauchi Branch OfficeBirshin Fulani, Opp Federal Poly Staff Qrts, Dass Road, P.M.B: 0222, Bauchi, Bauchi State.Tel: 070-34609590 Email:,
Calabar Branch Office230/232, Murtala Muhammed Highway, P.M.B. 1362, Calabar. Cross River State.Tel: 07055044114 Email:,
Gusau Branch OfficeNew Central Market Road PMB 01062, Gusau, Zamfara State.Email:,
Ilorin Branch OfficeKaima Road, Oko-Olowo, Oloje Area. Via Federal Government College, P.M.B 1500, Ilorin, Kwara State.Tel: 031-810610, 07087514751 Email:,
Kano Branch OfficeDawakin Dakata, P.M.B 3124, Kano, Kano State.Tel: 064-310081, 317194, 201697, 08118918981-2 Email:,
Katsina Branch OfficeKatsina-Kaita road, Kofa Sauri, P.M.B. 2110, Katsina, Katsina StateTel: 08118918897, 08118918898 Email:,
Lokoja Branch OfficeArea 8, Hassan Usman Katsina road, PMB 1050, Lokoja, Kogi StateTel: 058-222568, 09034917511 Email:,
Markudi Branch Office41, Kashim Ibrahim Road, P.M.B. 102390, Makurdi, Benue State.Tel: 07011581205 Email:,
Minna Branch OfficeKm 6, Paiko Road, beside College of Education P.M.B. 85, Minna, Niger StateTel: 09096385690 Email:,
Osogbo Branch OfficeAlekuwodo Area, Behind Govt Technical College, P.M.B. 4473, Osogbo, Osun State.Tel: 035 – 207067 Email:,
Umuahia Branch OfficeGovernment layout Behind CBN P.M.B. 7090, Umuahia, Abia StateTel: 09034644992, 09030433834 Email:,
Yenagoa Branch OfficeOff Winners’ way, opposite Silverbird Galleria, Swali P.M.B. 134, Yenagoa, Bayelsa StateTel: 08140061631, 08148808467, 08118918941 Email:,
Yola Branch OfficeYola-Fufore Road, Beside Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), P.M.B. 2246, Yola, Adamawa State.Mobile: 0803-492-0081, 0708-335-8876 Email:,
Nassarawa branch officeBehind Government Science School, Lafia P.M.B. 153, LafiaTel: 07066812295 Email:,
Abakaliki branch office55, Udemezue Street, P. M. B. 042, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.Tel: 07083468494 Email:,

WAEC Gambia


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 AfricaTel: Switchboard – (220) 4228340, 4228814 E-Mail:
Mansakonko Branch OfficeMansakonko, Lower River DivisionE-mail:
Basse Branch OfficeAdjacent to St. George’s Upper and Sen. Sec. School Basse, Mansajang KundaEmail:
Farafenni Branch  OfficeFarafenni TownEmail:

WAEC Sierra Leone

FreetownSierra Leone National Office230-000-000000
KenemaWAEC Branch Office, Kenema.230-000-000000
KambiaWAEC Branch Office, Kambia.230-000-000000
KabalaWAEC Branch Office, Kabala.230-000-000000
MagburakaWAEC Branch Office, Magburaka.230-000-000000
KoiduWAEC Branch Office, Koidu.230-000-000000
Sheribo IslandWAEC Branch Office, Sheribo Island.230-000-000000

WAEC Liberia

The West African Examinations Council
Tubman Boulevard
Congo Town
Monrovia, Liberia.

  886454619, 770454619
  770120334, 886449774
  777344425, 886670098
Branch Office
Tubmanburg Branch Office
The West African Examinations Council
Tubmanburg, Bomi County
Phone: (+231)775039626/886953980


How can I check my WAEC result?

How to check your WASSCE result

  1. Visit the result checking portal for your country. [WAEC Checker Portals]
  2. Enter your Index Number.
  3. Select the Type of Examination (e.g. WASSCE).
  4. 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.



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