How to Register for WAEC GCE Examination

The General Certificate of Education (GCE) also termed as WASSCE for Private Candidates is an examination conducted by the WAEC board. It was provisioned to aid candidates with deficiencies in their WASSCE results, make amends to their scores.

The Council made available 19 subjects for its Prospective candidates. Candidates who are interested in this opportunity are advised to visit the WAEC official website at to confirm that the subjects they wish to sit for in the examination are available before requesting the registration PIN.

The WAEC board commenced the conduct of two series of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination for Private Candidates in 2018. That is the First and Second series. The second series of the GCE registration serves as a mop-up to the first one. This helps facilitate the registration of more candidates notwithstanding their challenges. The board also added the biometric features to the GCE registration to validate the Candidate’s registration and help curb examination malpractice.


The first series for the 2021 WAEC GCE registration started on Monday 21st December 2021 and ended on 29th January 2021.

The second series of the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private Candidates- 2021 was scheduled to resume on Monday 26th, July 2021, and end 30th September 2021.

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) recently made an announcement, which contained a withdrawal of the advertisement on the commencement of the Second series registration for WASSCE private Candidates (GCE), on Monday, July 26, 2021.

The WAEC board stated that some issues and developments in the examination conduct are being sorted out, and with regards to that, the registration had to be ceased for a while.

The stakeholders also apologized with regrets over the inconveniences caused by the decisions of the board and posited that the new registration date would be shortly announced.

How to register for the 2021 WAEC GCE

All Candidates are required to pay a registration fee of Thirteen Thousand, Nine Hundred, and Fifty Naira (N13,950) only, at any accredited agent or bank branches in any of the financial institutions to get the Registration PIN and VCD containing information on the exam conduct. Candidates should pay an additional commission fee of ₦500 to those agents or bank branches while making payments. Some of the Financial Institutions include:

  • Access Bank Plc
  • Ecobank Plc
  • Fidelity Bank Plc
  • First Bank of Nig
  • First City Monument Bank Plc
  • Guaranty Trust Bank Plc
  • Heritage Bank Plc
  • Jaiz Bank
  • Polaris Bank Ltd
  • Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc
  • Standard Chartered Bank Plc
  • Sterling Bank Plc
  • Union Bank of Nigeria Plc
  • United Bank for Africa Plc
  • Unity Bank Plc
  • WEMA Bank Plc
  • Zenith Bank Plc


Candidates who are physically incapacitated and require special needs just like other students can register online. The nature of the disability must be stated clearly during registration E.g. blindness, poor vision, spastic, speech, among others.


How to Register for WAEC GCE

After obtaining the WAEC registration pin, you definitely would have to register for the examination.

This is an abridged guide to GCE registration:

  1. Visit or
  2. Select “WASSCE (For Private Candidates)” after the website page must have been displayed.
  3. Choose the WASSCE exam type, either of First Series – January/February GCE Registration or second series – July/August registration.
  4. Fill in the spaces provided and complete your registration.



After a Candidate gained access to the portal and obtained the registration pin, the candidate MUST conclude registration within two weeks. They should ensure that the information on their Biodata like names, gender, date of birth, passport photographs, and subjects are correct. They should also print out a Photo Card which will serve as evidence of a successful GCE examination registration and identification during the examination. The Result Checker PIN would also be available on the same Photo Card. They should ensure that their biometrics are captured on a Digital Personal Scanner during fingerprint registration.


Extra information: WALK-IN REGISTRATION

Walk-in registration is targeted at enabling Candidates who were unable to register during the stipulated registration period to sit for the examination. With this scheme, interested candidates register as “Walk-in Candidates”, and sit for the examination.

The cost for the Walk-in registration form is Thirty Thousand, Five Hundred Naira (N30,500.00) only per candidate. This registration must be done not less than twenty-four hours to the scheduled time of the paper(s) intended by the candidate to sit for.

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