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BECE Grading System 2023 : How To Check Results


In this article, we are going to cover all you need to know about the new WAEC BECE Grading System 2023.

The WAEC BECE Grading System is the attempt to apply standardized measurements of varying levels of achievement in a course.

Grades can be assigned as letters, as a range, as a percentage, or as a number out of a possible total. In some countries, grades are averaged to create a grade point average.

As a student or parent, the grading system will help you calculate the overall grade point to be able to select courses or programmes that meet the required Cut-Off Points. 

The following throws more light on all you need to know about the BECE Grading System 2023.

What is BECE?

BECE is an abbreviation for Basic Education Certificate Examination. The Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is the main examination to qualify students for admission into secondary and vocational schools in Ghana and Nigeria. It is written after three years of junior secondary education.

BECE Marks and Grades And Their Interpretation

Below are the marks and their grades in BECE. 90-100 is graded as 1, GRADE A+. 80-89, the second category in this classification is graded as 2, GRADE A. 50-54 is GRADE C; number 6 in the grading system.

How are BECE Results Graded?

Candidates are graded based on their performance in the external examination (objective and written) and Continuous (Internal) Assessment marks provided by the schools. A nine-point numerical scale is used in grading the candidates with Grade 1 denoting the highest performance and Grade 9 the lowest.

BECE Marks and their Grades

The following are the marks and grades in BECE that you need to know to calculate your aggregate.

  • 90-100 is graded as 1, GRADE AA+. It is the HIGHEST grade in the grading system.
  • 80-89, the second category in this classification is graded as 2, GRADE A. it is denoted as HIGHER.
  • 70-79, is grade 3, a B+ and is described as HIGH.
  • 60 -69 is grade 4, GRADE B, described as HIGH AVERAGE.
  • 55 – 60 is GRADE C+, classified as 5 and described as AVERAGE.
  • LOW AVERAGE is a description of marks falling between 50-54 and GRADE C; number 6 in the grading system.
  • Any mark ranging between 40-49 is considered as GRADE D+ and number 7; described as LOW
  • 35-39 is GRADE E which is number 8, described as LOWER in the Stanine grading system.
  • GRADE F, 9 characterized by 9 is the LOWEST grade, which falls between 0-34.

The better your BECE grade, the greater your chances of getting placed into your school of choice. The GES uses the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) to place students into schools across the country.

How is the BECE results calculated?

The BECE Results is calculated using the 6 best subjects from your BECE results. The 3 best core subjects (Maths, English, Inter-Science or Social) and your 3 best elective subjects, Maths and English are must among the core subjects. You can select from science and social for the calculation.

How to Calculate BECE Results for School Placement

For all candidates who wrote the BECE exams and are anxiously waiting for their results. It is not uncommon to ask questions such as, how to calculate BECE results and BECE grading scale. To some, it might be the fear or anxiety of being enrolled in a good senior high school.

The BECE exam is one of the most important examinations in Ghana’s education system. To aid your performance and confidence, it is important to understand the WAEC grading system and the procedure used by the examination body to calculate BECE results.

The idea is that students should make a conscious effort that will guarantee them placement in reputable senior high schools in the country.

So in this guide, we are going to show you a step-by-step guide on how to calculate BECE results.

  • Marking using the marking scheme is the first step when computing BECE results. From the marking process, you get to know the wrong and right answers per subject.
  • Count the number of correct answers and note them down.
  • Divide the correct answers by the total number of questions asked. (e.g., 30/50)
  • The quotient should be in decimal points or a fraction. (e.g. 0.6 or 3/5)
  • Multiply the quotient by 100% to get a percentage. (e.g. 0.6*100%= 60%) Note: This calculation is done on the individual subject.
  • With the percentage in hand, pull out the grading table as prepared using the stanine method or the new flexible 9-scale criterion-referenced grading system and match your raw score, i.e., 60% to the marks on the chart.
  • Once you have identified its rightful place, you will be able to know its corresponding grade, following the 1 to 9 grading strategy.

You can use our guide here to check your BECE results after getting this understanding.

What is the Pass Aggregate for BECE?

The pass aggregate for BECE is from aggregate 6-30. Candidates sitting for the exam are expected to have scores within this range to be able to qualify for school placement.

What is distinction in BECE?

A candidate is deemed to have passed the BECE with distinction if he/she gets the Highest in all the papers with a high raw score. This grading is achievable when you practice what we have shown below.

How Can you Pass BECE?

Find below a simple guide on How to Pass the 2023 WAEC BECE with Good Grades.

  1. Put Out the Negative Thoughts About the Examination.
  2. Prepare Well and Don’t Wait for the Last Minute.
  3. Solve Past Questions.
  4. Learn with Strategy.
  5. Don’t Depend on External help “Apor”
  6. Make Sure You do What the Questions Demand.


The above represents the effective way to check and calculate your BECE Results. The interpretation is what WAEC has been using as its BECE Grading system in Ghana.

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