What is ABS in My Result (WAEC, NECO, GCE, NABTEB)?

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After the release of WAEC, NECO, GCE, or NABTEB results, a few students will see in their grades "ABS".

This is not general. 

A student who is smart may be able to know why? But what if you're checking another person's result and you see one or two results as "ABS". What does that mean to you? Is "ABS" in O'level/SSCE result in a grade and if yes, what grade is that?

In this post, I will be answering your question if you're confused after seeing this as a result.

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ABS in any SSCE Result Means ABSENT

As simple as it may sound, ABS in WAEC, NECO, GCE or NABTEB result is the short/abbreviation for ABSENT.

In broad language, it means the candidate, the owner of the result was not present to sit for and write the subject.

The candidate was not present on the date or time of the exam to write the paper and since there is no specific grade assigned to a candidate who doesn't make it for the paper, the right grade is ABS.

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ABS Doesn't Necessarily Mean the Paper Was not Registered

In fact, where a candidate's subject is stated as "ABS", it simply means the paper was originally registered during the registration. 

That is there was a show of interest to write the paper. The school registered the candidate for that paper.

However, he chose intentionally or unintentionally to miss the paper which resulted in nobody writing that paper on the exam date/time.

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If you see ABS as a grade for a subject or some subjects of an SSCE result, it's a confirmation that the candidate didn't sit for the said subject.

And in case, you're expecting that to be useful for admission or related purposes, you're wrong. A subject with ABS is as bad as not registering the subject in the first place.

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