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WAEC Introduces Computer-Based Exam For Private Candidates Nationwide





—8,285 Candidates To Write Exam


The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is gearing up for a landmark event as it prepares to administer its inaugural computer-based examination for private candidates participating in the first series of the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) this year.


Scheduled to kick off on Wednesday, January 31, the two-week-long examination will be held nationwide, with a total of 8,285 candidates already registered to take part. Dr. Amos Dangut, the Head of National Office, WAEC Nigeria, disclosed this during a media briefing held in Lagos on Monday, underscoring the organization’s readiness to conduct the first-ever Computer-Based Examination (CBE).


Dr. Dangut emphasized that the CBE format is initially exclusive to private candidates for this inaugural series, with plans yet to be finalized regarding its integration into the May-June school-based examinations.


Acknowledging the need for substantial infrastructure and personnel training to accommodate the transition to CBT exams for school candidates, Dr. Dangut assured that WAEC remains committed to addressing these requirements.


Explaining the examination modalities, Dr. Dangut outlined that candidates will encounter multiple-choice questions and answers solely on the computer, while essay (theory and practical) questions will be presented digitally for candidates to provide their responses in provided answer booklets.


In anticipation of potential challenges such as power outages, WAEC has implemented comprehensive measures, including alternative power sources, to ensure a seamless examination process. Dr. Dangut also announced that exam results are expected to be released within 45 days of the conclusion of the last paper, with certificates accessible online shortly thereafter.


Despite the technological advancements, Dr. Dangut issued a stern warning against malpractice, urging both candidates and exam officials to adhere strictly to the established rules and regulations.


As Africa’s premier examining body, WAEC remains steadfast in its commitment to conducting credible examinations for all candidates, signaling a pivotal moment in the evolution of standardized testing in the region.