The Difference Between WAEC and NECO

The main difference between the two is that the WAEC is more difficult than the NECO. The questions are not as straightforward and can be difficult to understand. However, this isn’t the only difference between the two exams. The cost and validity of each exam are also important. Moreover, you’ll need to pay attention to the passing rate.

Exam pattern

The exam pattern for WAEC and NECO is not the same. These exams differ in content, format, and difficulty level. The WAEC examination is harder to prepare for as the questions tend to be more challenging. But there are tips that can help you prepare for the WAEC. The first tip is to understand the topics. Once you have a basic understanding of a topic, it will be easier for you to answer the questions that you may get in the examination.

The next tip is to familiarize yourself with the syllabus for WAEC and NECO. You can obtain this information from your Secondary School Principal or from your class teacher. Remember, you’ll have to sit for a maximum of ten subjects for each. It is important to study all the prospective topics taught in JSS-1 to JSS-3 to prepare for the NECO examination.

There are two examination sessions for WAEC and NECO: the private candidate’s series is held in August/September, while the NECO examination takes place in January/February. For WAEC, the first series is held in June/July, while the second series is held in December/January.

Both exams include English language. The WAEC syllabus includes questions on the proper use of the language, including idiomatic usage and figurative and ordinary usage. The test also requires students to use standard British English. It also involves correct accentuation. If you’re serious about passing the exam, take note of all the tips above. You’ll be surprised at how much easier the exam is if you know how to prepare for it.


The cost of the WAEC and NECO examinations in Nigeria is increasing. In 2001, federal schools in Enugu State charged parents N30, 000 for the WASSCE and NECO combined examination, while private schools in Ondo State charged parents N50,000 for WAEC and N35,000 for NECO. In 2002, the fee for both exams increased to N18,500 and N70,000 respectively.

Parents are facing a dilemma over how to pay for the exams. The fees have been inflated and many students are unable to register for WAEC or NECO. Some have even become debtors because they cannot afford the fee. The school management should have retained the original fees of N13,950 instead of introducing new fees.


This study investigated the validity of WAEC and NECO examinations. Both exams are achievement tests that imply that a student has completed a formal education and achieved academic success. As such, they are considered valid and do not have an expiry date. However, there are a few things that should be kept in mind when comparing the two exams.

To start with, the two examinations are held at different times of the year. WAEC exams usually take place in June/July, while NECO examinations take place in November/December. If one examination is delayed, the results of the other may be affected. Also, students must pay the exam registration fees.

In addition, the WAEC examinations include four different test subjects. These include double-entry, final Accounts, control accounts, and self-balancing ledger. The syllabus for the WAEC is spread over three years. This ensures that the examinations are highly representative of the subject matter.

However, students should be aware that the combination of WAEC and NECO results may not be accepted by all universities and schools. For example, some schools don’t accept the combined results for some top courses. Therefore, it is important to check the admission requirements before deciding on the course you want to take.

Passing rate

If you want to compare the passing rate between WAEC and NECO, you have to know how they are structured. WAEC is more difficult, and the questions set in the exam are not always as clear as those set in NECO. But this does not mean that WAEC is not worth taking, and it is not necessarily better to take NECO.

The study’s findings were analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences version 25. The results showed that there was a slight difference in the passing rate between the two examinations. However, the overall failure rate was much higher than the difference between the two. Despite the small gap, this result did not deter students from sitting for the examination.

In the 2021 WAEC examination, Edo State emerged as the best state, with a passing rate of 92.8 percent. It was also the second highest in the list of pass rates for public schools across Nigeria. The data was released by the National Bureau of Statistics and WAEC. The stats were shared on social media.

Both WAEC and NECO are important for students who want to pursue higher education outside of Nigeria. Students who write both exams will have a better chance of passing all their required subjects. Additionally, students can make up for weak subjects in WAEC in NECO. However, passing both exams is not necessarily a guarantee of admission.

The difference between WAEC and NECO is very small, and this is largely because the NEC examinations begin after the WAEC examinations. Students who are writing both exams will have to pay exam registration fees in order to sit for both. The NECO exam schedule is closely monitored by the WAEC, but NECO understands that some of its candidates will also be writing the WAEC. Therefore, the two exams are held at different times.

Acceptability in Nigeria

During the past decade, the debate surrounding the acceptability of the WAEC and NECO exams in Nigeria has increased dramatically. While the WAEC examination is generally more widely accepted, the NECO results are not. That being said, NECO’s poor performance does not mean that WAEC is not valid. In fact, WAEC examinations are widely accepted in other countries, and some of them are even considered preferred.

While WAEC results are relevant to every Nigerian, NECO results are more relevant for students who wish to study outside Nigeria. However, the use of NECO results will depend on what you plan to use them for. While NECO results will generally be accepted for admission to schools in Nigeria, they may not be accepted for scholarship purposes or overseas school admission.

NECO is a Nigerian institution, and as such, is susceptible to the same problems that plague public institutions across the country. As a parastatal of the Federal government, NECO was initially welcomed, but its plans to offer free registration have not materialized. Instead, the NECO board is preparing to hike its registration fees.

NECO was established in 1992, and was created in order to take over the responsibilities of the National Board for Educational Measurement (NBEM). NECO also took on responsibility for the conduct of the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for private and school-based candidates. In the past, the WAEC examination was exclusively for private candidates.

NECO results are recognized in most of the countries in the world. Several universities and colleges in the United States and Canada accept NECO results. It is also accepted in Ghana.

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