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Are We Using Computers for WAEC and NECO?

This post clarifies that while WAEC has begun using computers for its exams, it currently applies only to the GCE series, not affecting the May/June exams, and anticipates a gradual integration into the May/June series in the future; it also discusses the expected format of computer-based tests, predominantly objective, and advises students to adapt to technological advancements in exam conduct.

For the past few weeks, I've been receiving inquiries on whether WAEC and NECO students will now be using computers to write their exams.

The reason for this was due to news and reports that WAEC has started using computers for its exams. Students want to know if that extends to NECO and NABTEB too.

Some want to be sure if that affects all students, be it science, arts, or commerce. In this post, I will be answering this question and addressing related matters.

WAEC Truly Will Use Computers for Its Exams

Starting from the year 2024, WAEC will start using computers for its exams, although this doesn't affect all WAEC exams.

Yes, not all WAEC exams will be done using computers - at least, not yet. As of now, in 2024 and probably for a few more years, only WAEC GCE will be done using computers.

The WAEC GCE is the SSCE type by WAEC which holds twice a year. The WAEC GCE first series will hold in January to February, while the second series will hold by August to September. This is why this series is commonly referred to as WAEC for private students Jan/Feb Series and Aug/Sept Series.

Of course, a student in his or her SS 1, 2 or 3 can write WAEC GCE. Even those who are done with SS3, if they have any deficiencies in their WAEC subjects, may take advantage of these series to make up for the failure. If you're in this category of students, then be prepared to write your WAEC with computers from 2024 onwards.

WAEC May/June Won't Use Computers Yet

As for the students who will be writing the WAEC internal (May/June) or officially called WAEC for school students, you won't be using computers for your exam in 2024 or any time soon.

Of course, the introduction of using computers for the GCE series, as of now, is to prepare students for what is to come for the May/June series anytime in the future.

It's hard to predict when the exam body will require school students to use computers to write its internal exams. We can safely say that it might happen after a few years of using it for the GCE series.

From experience, when exam bodies such as JAMB introduced the computer-based test, they didn't make it compulsory for all students until after two or three years. At the early stage, students could choose whether to use paper and pencil for UTME or use the CBT. We can expect a similar introduction for the WAEC May/June when the time comes.

Expected Nature of WAEC Computer-Based Test

In any of WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB, we generally expect and write both the objective and theoretical questions. Hence, while you have objective questions, there will still be questions requiring extensive writing. For the WAEC CBT, for the GCE series or WAEC internal (when the time comes), students should expect questions to be generally objective.

While I'm writing this in the first year of introducing this CBT for the GCE, it's too early to completely conclude exactly what to expect. Yet, I can assure you that you won't be required to write or prepare for theory questions if this will be a true computer-based exam.


The adoption of computer-based testing by WAEC for its GCE series heralds a transformative era in exam conduct. Commencing in 2024, this technological shift aims to enhance examination efficiency and better prepare students for the evolving landscape. While currently limited to the GCE, it anticipates a future integration into the May/June series, mirroring the gradual implementation seen in other examination bodies.

Students should be ready for a predominantly objective format, signaling a departure from traditional theoretical questions. As we navigate this educational evolution, it is essential for students to adapt and embrace the technological advancements shaping the assessment landscape.

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