NECO SSCE Registration Guidelines and Instructions 2024

The National Examination Council (NECO) board has released its NECO SSCE registration form for all internal candidates. Students wanting to register for the NECO SSCE are encouraged to do so now.

Also released are the NECO SSCE internal registration Guidelines and Instructions for the 2024 Examination.

Following all the NECO SSCE Guidelines and instructions that will be highlighted in this article will help all Prospective candidates have a successful Registration.


A Quick Look at NECO SSCE

NECO SSCE comes in two types, the Internal, and the External Examination.

NECO SSCE Internal Examination

School candidates write the Internal NECO SSCE. The Examination is strictly for Candidates in their third and final year of Secondary School, either a Private or Government Secondary School.

NECO SSCE External Examination

Private candidates write the External NECO SSCE. The Examination is strictly for candidates not enrolled in a (Secondary) School system.

Categories of the NECO SSCE Internal Examination

Seventy-six (76) subjects make up the NECO SSCE Internal. A candidate can take up to nine subjects, with eight being the minimum.

These 76 subjects are classified into six categories, namely:

  • Science and Mathematics
  • Technology
  • Entrepreneurship/Trade
  • Business Studies
  • Humanities
  • Compulsory Cross-Cutting Subjects

NECO SSCE Internal Registration Guidelines and Instructions

Below are the Internal Registration Guidelines and Instructions for the 2024 NECO SSCE.

Registration Process

The 2024 NECO SSCE registration process will be offline and online.

Steps for the Offline Registration for Internal Candidates

These offline processes must occur in the school where a candidate wants to register.

  • School Management should download the Internal Offline Application from the Council’s website.
  • All candidates’ biographical information should be entered offline, and data should be copied from one computer periodically to another to prevent data loss.
  • After uploading a candidate’s information offline on the website and paying the registration cost, the candidate will be given a registration number to show that the process was successful.

Registration Eligibility

The only Candidates qualified for registration for the NECO SSCE Internal Examination are those in their final year of senior secondary school or SSS3.

Also, only school-based students from Nigeria and abroad are eligible for the NECO 2024 SSCE Examination.

Registration Procedure

Neco SSCE Registration is done online and offline; the candidate’s bio-data is entered offline using the NECO offline application. After that, all information is transferred to the online registration portal of NECO.

Offline Registration

The following steps make up the schools Offline Registration process:

  • All Schools should download the current 2024 NECO SSCE application.
  • All candidates’ bio-data and biometric data should be registered accurately through the offline application on the NECO SSCE portal.

Offline Validation

Following a successful offline NECO registration, schools should make sure to complete offline validation before making payment.

While completing offline validation, all details of the candidates should be printed on the offline photocards of all the candidates.

These details include Names, pictures, States, Local Governments, date of birth, sex, and the subjects for which the candidate desires to sit.

Any errors entered while registering offline will be corrected during the validation process.

Schools are encouraged to fill the NECO SSCE validation offline on the portal and not manually because all biodata errors are done by the school and not the NECO Exam Council.

Therefore all errors should be corrected offline before uploading online. A School is given the “NECO NON-VALIDATION” form if it fails to correct its candidates’ data before uploading it into the NECO online portal.

The fee for the “NON-VALIDATION” form is 7,000 naira only.

Payment For School | Center Activation

If the NECO State Office does not approve a School, data uploading and payment may not occur.

Schools must give their respective State Officers their Validation Documents before they activate the school to pay the necessary candidates to complete the registration.

Documents to be sent to NECO State Offices

  • Candidates’ signed photocards and an entry schedule that has been properly approved by the state ministry of education
  • Validation List with proper candidate signatures
  • Subject Analysis
  • An Entrance Schedule officially approved by the State Ministry of Education.

Schools should know that the Center will activate on January 10, 2024.

Upload and Payment Procedure

Only payments made online through the school’s NECO portal should be accepted. Registration quota is distributed in accordance with the amount paid into the NECO TSA following successful payment.

After the quota has been distributed, schools may choose which candidates to upload individually (if the payment is not for all candidates) by checking the selection boxes next to each candidate’s name or payment for all candidates.

Selecting all candidates by checking the “check all” box is important. To prevent being charged an additional price for an unprofitable center fee while paying in installments, it should be noted that the initial payment must cover at least 20 candidates.

NECO SSCE Examination Fees and Other Material Details

1Registration Fee per candidate17,800
2Photo Album for each candidate1,700
3Four Figure Table250
4NECO SSCE Syllabus (per Copy)1,500
5Unviable Center Fee50,000
6Late payment Fee 2,000

Required Number of Candidates

A school must register 20 candidates at least (A minimum of Twenty students).

Remember that there are fees associated with stamp duty, service, and remittances.

In order to write the exam in their school, an unviable center charge of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50,000) must be paid by any school that registers fewer than twenty candidates.

E-Photo Albums

The NECO Council always produces digital photo albums. A copy of the E-photo album candidate purchase will be emailed to their school.

Each electronic photo album can accommodate 171 candidates. A pair of electronic photo albums cost one thousand seven hundred naira (N1,700) only.

Four Figure Table and NECO SSCE Syllabus

The NECO SSCE syllabus is available for One Thousand Five Hundred Naira (N1,500) per copy, and it is recommended that each school have at least four (4) copies.

Copies of the NECO four-figure tables must be purchased for each candidate for 250 Naira (N250.00).

Candidates’ Scores for the Third Year Continuous Assessment (CA3)

Schools should do well to submit their CA3 from 27 June to 20 August 2024. The Schools Management should upload, print the CA3, and enter CA3 entries using the offline program within the allotted time.

Method for uploading and entering CA3:

  • Register using the Offline portal.
  • Choose Third Year CA from the menu.
  • Choose the applicant
  • Create CA3 entries, then save them.
  • Synchronize all saved entries before connecting online and uploading.

Any school that does not upload the CA3 within the time frame specified above will be charged a penalty of N25,000.00, which must be paid before the results are made public.

Online Center Dispute Procedure

If you cannot access your school’s portal on the NECO website for any reason, you can change your login information by using the online center dispute procedure.

Schools are encouraged only to use official email addresses as this will prevent the login information from changing frequently.

To prevent unauthorized parties and for verification to be done easily, it is advised to channel all disputes to the various State offices around the Country.

NECO SSCE Important Dates to Note

  • THE NECO SSCE registration period runs from December 13, 2024, through May 30, 2024.
  • The website will close on May 30, 2024, at 12:00 a.m.
  • The deadline to send the final validation list and printed payment receipt is Friday, June 17, 2024.
  • Schools can begin registering students on Monday, December 13, 2024.
  • The deadline for school registration is May 30, 2024.
  • The deadline for submitting an endorsed final validation list and a printed payment receipt is May 30, 2024.
  • The final day to submit CA3 online is August 20, 2024.
  • The exam will be held from June 20 through August 6 2024.


It is highly recommended that you take everything you’ve read here carefully; if you do, you will have a successful NECO SSCE Registration.

If any new information about the NECO 2024 SSCE Internal Registration Guidelines and Instructions becomes accessible, we will update this post immediately.

We hope the information in this article was helpful to all NECO SSCE Internal Prospective candidates. As always, we wish all NECO SSCE candidates success in their Examinations.

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