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WAEC Grading Scheme for All Subjects 2021 Meaning and Interpretations

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WAEC Grading Scheme for All Subjects 2021: Are you at your last stage of Secondary School Education, or preparing for the 2021 WAEC examination? Also, are you out of the school system but preparing for WAEC GCE? If yes, then this article is for you. Read on…


WAEC Grading Scheme for All Subjects 2021 Meaning and Interpretations

In this article, you will get an overview of the WAEC grading scheme. Also, you shall learn about the grading scheme for all subjects, especially those you are planning to write. Thus, pay attention as you read through.

A Little Information about WAEC / WASSCE

Before looking into the WAEC grading scheme for all subjects, note. WAEC simply means the West African Examinations Council. And it is a body that administers WASSCE. WASSCE means the West African Senior School Certificate Examination.

WASSCE is a type of standardized test in West Africa. Also, students who pass the exam receive a certificate. And it confirms their graduation from secondary education. Also, it is only offered to candidates residing in Anglophone West African countries.

Additionally, there is an academic school-leaving qualification awarded upon successful completion of the exams. And it is the West African Senior School Certificate. Furthermore, WASSCE tests four core subjects.

Examinations Conducted by WAEC

There are two different types of examination:

1. WASSCE May/June

This is the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for school candidates. And it is taken by final year students. These are students in senior secondary schools. And they wear their respective school uniforms.

Furthermore, this examination is offered during the summer. That is from April to May. And the results are available by August.

2. WASSCE Nov/Dec

This is also known as the General Certificate Examination (GCE). Also, it is known as WAEC GCE. And it is a private examination. Furthermore, uniforms are not required. But biometric registration is compulsory as in the former.

Also, this examination is only offered during autumn. And it is usually taken by secondary school leavers. This is to correct deficiencies in their results. However, the results are available by December.

Understanding the WAEC Grading Scheme for All Subjects

Under the new WAEC Marking and Grading Scheme, the letters A to F are used. And they are to indicate how good a result is. Thus, to get an A in WAEC Mathematics, you need to score above 75% in the Exam.

Also, 75% means you are able to get 75 questions correctly. And this is out of 100 questions. Also, under the new WAEC grading system, A1 is Excellent. Also, B2 is Very Good. Furthermore, B3 Good, C4, C5, and C6 are interpreted as Credit.

However, D7 and D8 are interpreted as Pass. And F9 is Fail.

For instance, to get an A in WAEC 2021 Mathematics, you need to score above 75% in the Exam. 75% means you are able to get 75 questions correctly. And this is out of 100 questions.

Also, if you are given 50 questions in a subject, then note. 75% is equal to around 37 questions you answered correctly. Furthermore, this explanation also applies to other grades above.

WAEC Grading Scheme and Interpretation (by Percentage)

Below is the interpretation of WAEC grading scheme:

  1. A1 is Excellent. And it from 75% – 100%.
  2. B2 is Very good. And it is 70% – 74%.
  3. Also, B3 is good. And it is from 65%- 69%.
  4. Furthermore, C4 is Credit. And it is from 60% – 64%.
  5. Also, C5 is Credit. And it is from 55% – 59%.
  6. Additionally, C6 is Credit. And it is from 50% – 54%.
  7. Also, D7 is Pass. And it is 45% – 49%.
  8. E8 is Pass. And it is from 40% – 45%.
  9. Lastly, F9 is Failure. And it is from 0% – 39%.

More Grading Scheme and Interpretation:

Below is the tabular interpretation of WAEC grading scheme:


How to Calculate WAEC Percentage

To know whether you will score An A, B, or C, note. Divide the number of questions/marks you think you would get correctly by the total number of questions/marks possible. And multiply by 100 percent.

Example: If you were able to answer 40 questions correctly out of 60 total questions given in Oral English. To calculate your percentage, it will be (40/60)x100% = 66.67% = B3.

However, please note. In an objective, all questions carry equal marks.

For Theory Questions:

Calculate how many marks you are very sure of. And then divide by the total marks the questions carry and multiply by 100%.

Example: You are required to answer 5 questions in the theory section. Each question carries 20 marks.

Let’s say you are able to answer 4 questions. And you are sure of 15 marks out of a total of 20 marks for each question. Thus:

  1. The total marks you are sure of is 15×4 = 60.
  2. Also, the total number of marks you can get is 20×5 = 100.
  3. Your percentage score is (60/100)x100% = 60% = C4.

With the above information, I believe you now know how the grading is done. Thus, you can even grade your paper by your assumed score. GOOD LUCK. However, about some frequently asked questions/answers, CLICK HERE

CSN Team

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