Between WAEC GCE and NECO GCE which one is better ?.

Which one is better between WAEC GCE and NECO SSCE?.

Between the WAEC GCE certificate and the NECO SSCE certificate, which one is more acceptable in Nigeria’s field of study?.


Are you planning to write your senior school certificate examination in Nigeria? Are you making this inquiry for your children or friends? Did you have any problems with your WAEC examination certificate or couldn’t write any? Do not panic.


In this article, you will get to see the difference between this two WAEC alternative exams and which one is more acceptable in education or any other field that requires you to submit your senior school certificate.


As we all know,The most accepted senior school certificate in Nigeria and West Africa as a whole is the WAEC SSCE certificate. This is the certificate that people expect when they tell you to provide your senior school certificate.


In case you don’t know, the WAEC SSCE examination is not only for Nigerians. It is written in all the English-speaking countries of West Africa. This is the most valuable, preferable, and also the most common senior school certificate in this region of West Africa.


The two exams, NECO SSCE and WAEC GCE, were introduced as an alternative to those who have any problem with their WAEC certificate or those who couldn’t write WAEC SSCE for one reason or another. There are actually three alternatives, but the third one is not that recommendable.

In case you want to know more about WAEC alternative examinatoin, there’s a Post I explained all the details about this topic, you can check the link below.


From these two exams, let me start by explaining to you the features of each. From the features, you can even conclude on your own which one to go for.


Everything you need to know about the NECO SSCE exam.


In my previous post, I explained many things about the NECO SSCE Examination, including the history, qualifications, and requirements for this exam.


You can read the full details here.

The NECO examination board is an organization formed by Nigeria’s ministry of education to organize senior school certificate examinations at the national level.


As we all know, the WAEC examination is being conducted at an international level (it comprises five countries), while the NECO examination is only for Nigerians.


People writing NECO SSCE examinations receive adequate treatment just like those writing WAEC main exams as this is a fresh exam. Also, the rate of pass mark is quite interesting as their marking scheme is the same as that of WAEC.


Students don’t normally face the issue of result cancellation in NECO SSCE, or withheld results.


WAEC GCE; meaning, specifications, and other useful information


The WASSCE for Private Candidates, also known as the General Certificate Examination, GCE, is usually written in November/December. This is mostly taken by secondary school leavers who want to correct deficiencies in their WAEC results.


WAEC established this examinatoin for candidates who have any problems with their West African senior school certificate examination.


The main reason for establishing this examination board is to serve as a second trial for those who had any problems with their main result.


There have been many complaints made by some candidates who engaged in this general certificate examination. For that reason, this general certificate examination has not been rated as highly as supposed.


Due to the fact that almost all the candidates who wrote this GCE had already written the main WAEC exam and had errors in their results, the rate of cancelation of GCE examinatoin results is very high.


Many students also had the issue of held results or withheld results when they wrote their GCE




In case you don’t like reading long texts, this summary carries everything that I said above.


For people who have no intention of studying abroad in a very faraway place, it’s advisable to write the NECO SSCE as it is the examination established by the Nigeria Ministry of Education to serve as a senior school certificate examination.


The interesting thing about NECO is that you receive almost the same treatment as a person that wrote WAEC. There are not many issues with the exam, like result holding or cancellation.


For people who intend to study abroad, some of whom are very far away from West Africa, it’s advisable to write a WAEC general certificate examination (GCE), as it can replace your WAEC examination certificate in any country that recognizes WAEC.


The main problem with this one is that there’s a high rate of failure experienced by those who write this exam, as most of them are among those whose results get cancelled or any other problems due to the issue of examinatoin malpractice. Because of this, WAEC takes extra precautions when accessing this GCE result.


FAQ about WAEC GCE and NECO SSCE examinatoin

Let me give you the answers to some questions students ask about this examinatoin.

Can I combine my WAEC SSCE result with my NECO SSCE result when applying for admission?


If the school you’re applying for is within Nigeria, you can combine your WAEC SSCE result with your NECO SSCE result when applying for admission.


Can I combine my WAEC SSCE result with my WAEC GCE result when applying for admission?


Yes, you can combine both, though you have to specify which one is SSCE and which one is GCE.


If you have any questions or need additional information about this post, comment below and let me help you out.

2 thoughts on “Between WAEC GCE and NECO GCE which one is better ?.”

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  2. Is it possible I use neco gce for an admission here in Nigeria and later in the future if I want to further more outside the country I can make use of waec


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