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About WAEC

The West African Examinations Council, a non-profit-making organization, with its head-quarters in Accra, Ghana, was established in 1952 after the Governments of Ghana (then Gold Coast), Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia enacted the West African Examinations Council Ordinances in 1951. Liberia became the fifth member of the Council in 1974. The enactment of the Ordinances was based on the Jeffrey Report, which strongly supported the proposal for the setting up of a regional examining board to harmonize and standardize pre-university assessment procedures in the then British West Africa.

The main objectives of the Council are:

To conduct examinations in the public interest
To award certificates, provided that the certificates did not represent lower standards of attainment than equivalent certificates of examining authorities in the United Kingdom .


To be a world-class examining body adding value to the educational goals of its stakeholders.
Our Mission

To remain Africa’s foremost examining body, providing qualitative and reliable educational assessment, encouraging academic and moral excellence and promoting sustainable human resource development and international co-operation.


(1) Major Examinations

The Ghana National Office of the Council conducts the following examinations for public schools on behalf of the Government.

The Basic Education Certificate Examination for both School and Private Candidates
The West African Senior School Certificate Examinations for both School and Private Candidates
The Business Certificate Examinations made up of the General and Advanced Business Certificate Examinations for both School and Private Candidates

(2) Aptitude Tests

The Council administers customized aptitude tests upon request for the selection of applicants for

admission into training institutions
the award of scholarships
employment purposes

(3) Miscellaneous Examinations

The Council conducts various examinations on behalf of the following foreign examining bodies such as the

Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM)
Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)
Association of Business Executives (ABE)
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS)
Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS)
University of London International Programme
Cambridge International College (CIC)
Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE)
London Centre of Marketing
Paris Graduate School of Management (PGSM)
Educational Testing Service

Release of Results

The results of the examination are released in July to enable successful and qualified candidates enter tertiary institutions at the beginning of the academic year. The results lists are sent to the participating schools. Candidates can also check their results online with an access card at www.waecgh.org.

Review of Scripts

Scripts are kept for three months after release of results before they are finally destroyed. During this time, review of scripts for a fee is allowed and this is done at the instance of the Head of school or an accredited representative of the school since the West African Senior School Certificate Examination for school candidates is a school-based examination. The Council by policy does not undertake review of scripts at the instance of candidates, parents, guardians, or persons claiming to act “in loco parentis”


Certificates are sent to the schools for collection by individual candidates. Certificates are produced once, and so certificates which get lost or damaged after collection are not replaced.

Confirmation of Results

Candidates who lose their certificates may confirm their results to prospective employers and educational institutions.

Attestation of Results

Candidates who lose their certificates may also request for attestation of their results.
Further details on the examination may be obtained from the Senior Deputy Registrar/ Head of Test Development Division, Telephone Numbers: +233-302-208201-9 and Senior Deputy Registrar/Head of Test Administration Division, Telephone Numbers: +233-302-208201-9 or info@waecgh.org

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