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Valid Years To Use WAEC, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS For Admissions and Jobs

Situations where WAEC, NECO or NABTEB Results Years can Be Invalid
Let’s talk about this.

Does WAEC result expire? Do NECO or NABTEB result ever expires or have certain valid period?

I’ve got this question more times lately.

A variant is, “can I use my WAEC, NECO or NABTEB result after 5 years or 10 years for admission”?

Obviously that last question was by candidates who believe or have heard that SSCE result must have expiry date or period of validity.

The direct answer to the question “Does WAEC, NECO or NABTEB result ever expire?” is NO it never expires.

I won’t stop there without giving you personally experienced and official explanations.

Will WAEC and Other SSCE Results Be Valid for Admission for Many Years?

By SSCE, I mean WAEC, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS. These exams results will be acceptable for admission for as long as the original owner is alive and presents it for admission.

But take note of that, “admission purpose”.

Yes, I said that because older results may not be accepted or seen as not valid on certain other occasion.

I will explain that shortly.

In order to clarify the confusion many students are having as to whether their WAEC result can be used for more than 5 or 10 years, The registrar of West African Examination Council has once said, “WAEC certificate valid for life”.

His basis was that, WAEC is an achievement test which implies that you have gone through educational system for the period of years and you have achieved it. Therefore, you are qualified to move to the next stage, that is tertiary institution or you can go and work; a job that requires academic achievement for that level.

Situations Where WAEC, NECO or NABTEB Results Years Can Be Invalid

There two common cases that may make your years of result invalid. But this is on purpose – not GENERALLY. In other words, the fact that they’re not accepting results - 4 or 7 years old doesn’t mean, you won’t be able to use it for other things. They don’t just want it for their own reasons.

Below are such cases.

1. Employment/Job Purpose

Recently, some companies and establishments are restricting the age of results by the prospective applicants for positions in their organizations.

This may be done to reduce the number of applicants or because they prefer fresh graduates and school levers.

For examples, Nigerian Air force, Navy and similar agencies had recently limited applicants to holders of SSCE results within specific years till the date of application.

We’ve equally seen some private businesses stating this on their vacancy adverts.

The real reason is that, these organizations are aware that prospective applicants do lie about their real ages in order to make their ways. Hence, if they could be limited by the age of their results, they might not succeed with such lies.

2. Scholarships Awards

Some scholarship adverts will state the year or year range of WAEC, NECO, NABTEB or NBAIS results they want. In fact, the scholarships may strictly be for the result of the year of scholarships.


If you’re curious to know if your WAEC or SSCE result is valid for admission purpose forever, the answer is YES. But some dates may be invalid or unacceptable in other situations.

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