The not-for-profit organization (WAEC) says it next academic year will move the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for Private Candidates from paper and pencil tests to computer-based examinations.
The management of the West African Examinations Council in a statement shared with AcademicWeek said the new format of the conduct of the WASSCE for Private Candidates usually referred to as Nov/Dec will take effect in 2024.
“In line with global best practices, the Nigeria National Office of the West African Examinations Council wishes to inform the general public, and all its stakeholders, that it has concluded plans to migrate its WASSCE for Private Candidates Examination Diets from Paper and Pencil Test to Computer Based Examination
“The innovation will commence with WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2024 – First Series, which is slated to be held in February 2024. While the Objective Tests will be fully Computer Based, the Essay and Test of Practical papers will be hybrid, in which the examination questions will be delivered on screen and candidates required to write answers on the answer booklets given to them.” WAEC said in the statement.
Also, in order to enable candidates to familiarise themselves with the new examination format, the Council said it had made arrangements for a Mock Examination to be conducted in February 2024, before the examination commences.
“To this end, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) implores all prospective candidates to hone their computer skills and be fully prepared to embrace this innovation,” the management of the organization said in the statement.
An official for the West African Examinations Council explaining the new development to AcademicWeek said that it is the vision of the not-for-money-making institution that shortly, all its examinations will be delivered via the computer.
He said the computer-based examination format is being rolled out for candidates in Nigeria adding that the management of the WAEC – Ghana at the appropriate time might consider it as an alternative to the current paper test.
In a related development, the 2023 Nov/Dec timetable for students to sit for this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for Private Candidates has been released by the West African Examinations Council.
The release of the 2023 WASSCE for Private Candidates timetable comes after the management of the non-profit-making organisation (WAEC) on Saturday, October 28, 2023, ended the Nov/Dec registration for this academic year.
An official of the Council in a discussion with AcademicWeek.com said his outfit this year continually extended the Nov/Dec registration deadline to allow prospective students who could not register during the normal period to do so.
“WAEC proactively extended registration for the WASSCE for Private to ensure no student willing to sit for the examination is disadvantaged, the registration I am not sure will be opened again since the Nov/Dec timetable is out,” he said.