The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has announced that it will migrate its WASSCE for Private Candidates Examination Diets from paper and pencil tests to Computer Based Examination (CBE).
WAEC, in a statement by its spokesperson, Moyosola F. Adesina, on Monday, said the innovation will commence with the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for Private Candidates, 2024—First Series, which is slated to be held in February 2024.
“While the objective tests will be fully computer-based, the essay and test of practical papers will be hybrid, in which the examination questions will be delivered on screen and candidates required to write answers on the answer booklets given to them,” WAEC added.
The examination body also stated that the examination will be conducted in urban centres/cities and candidates with special needs have been factored into the plan, noting that registration for the examination will commence on Monday, December 18, 2023.
WAEC added that arrangements have been made for a mock examination to be conducted in February 2024, before the examination commences, to enable candidates to familiarise themselves with the new examination platform.
The council, however, implores all prospective candidates to hone their computer skills and be fully prepared to embrace this innovation.
“To this end, the Council implores all prospective candidates to hone their computer skills and be fully prepared to embrace this innovation.
“As Africa’s foremost examining body, providing qualitative and reliable educational assessment, encouraging academic and moral excellence, it is the vision of the Council that, in the near future, all its examinations will be delivered via the computer.”