Waec Grading System and Definition, Interpretation and Percentage Range


The West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), administered by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) is a type of standardized exam taken in West Africa, mostly by students who wish to proceed to the higher institution in their country or abroad.

Participating/Member Countries & Academic Qualification

Waec Grading System And Interpretation


WAEC Member Countries.

The WAEC exam is only offered to candidates residing in Anglophone (English-speaking) West African countries namely: Ghana, Gambia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Upon successful completion of the exams, the West African Senior School Certificate (WASSCE) is awarded as the academic school-leaving qualification.

Waec Grading System And Interpretation

WAEC Grading System And Their Definition

Whether you’re participating in the:

  • WASSCE (November/December) – Also known as the General Certificate Examinations (GCE) of which the results are available by December.It is also called private examinations of which now its compulsory to register biometrically.
    OR
  • WASSCE (May/June) – Also known as the Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE), which is made for all private and public schools in West Africa and offered during the summer (May to June), of which the results are available by August –
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The table below will show you the WAEC grading system, so as to enable you to prepare very well for a higher grade that will put you right up in the top echelon.





WAEC Gradings System And Interpretation

GRADESINTERPRETATIONPERCENTAGE RANGEEQUIVALENT
A1EXCELLENT75% - 100%1
B2VERY GOOD70% - 74%2
B3GOOD65% - 69%3
C4CREDIT60% - 64%4
C5CREDIT55% - 59%5
C6CREDIT50% - 54%6
D7PASS45% - 49%7
E8PASS40% - 44%8
F9FAIL0% - 39%9

All right, there you have it. That’s the Official West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) grading system and their interpretations, and the hacks that will enable you to prepare very well for as higher grade as possible. May those tabulated grading systems inspire you as well as they’ve inspired me. And if you have any studying approach that you use to sail through your WAEC that might help others, hit up on the comments box and tell me about it.

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