WAEC’s New Computer-Based Testing for Private Candidates


The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), the leading examining body in Africa, has announced a major update to revolutionize how exams are conducted.

Say Hello to Computer-Based WASSCE

From February 2024, WAEC will introduce computer-based testing (CBT) for private candidates. If you plan to sit for the WASSCE as a private candidate, you’ll be part of this innovative experience.

Why the Change?

It’s all about staying in step with global best practices. WAEC is committed to providing an examination process that’s not only up-to-date but also efficient and reliable. By moving to CBT, they’re ensuring that you get the best examination experience possible.

What’s New in the Testing Format?

The CBT approach will be implemented for the objective tests, while the essay and practical papers will blend digital and traditional methods. This hybrid model ensures that, even as you enjoy the benefits of technology, you won’t miss out on the aspects of testing that work best on paper.

Important Dates and Steps

  • Registration Kick-off: Mark your calendars for Monday, December 18, 2024. That’s when registration for the exam begins.
  • Mock Exams: Before the main event, mock exams will be in February 2024 to help you get comfortable with the new system.

Preparing for the Switch

WAEC advises all prospective candidates to sharpen their computer skills to ensure they’re not caught off guard. After all, you’ll want to be as prepared as possible to tackle the new format.

Why This Matters to You

As part of a digitally-forward generation, adapting to CBT is not just about taking an exam but equipping yourself for the future. This shift by WAEC underscores the importance of tech-savviness in today’s world.

WAEC’s Vision

With a focus on academic and moral excellence, WAEC’s vision is clear: to make all its examinations computer-based in the near future.

This move is just the beginning of a larger transformation aimed at enhancing the quality and reliability of the examination process.

Issued by the Public Affairs Department, this change is a testament to WAEC’s commitment to innovation and excellence.


As you prepare to take your place in this new era of examinations, remember that it’s not just about passing tests; it’s about being prepared for a world where technology plays a central role.

Get ready to be part of this exciting journey with WAEC. Good luck, and stay ahead of the curve!

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