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BECE 2023: Basic Education Certificate Examination


BECE 2023 – The Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is the main examination that qualifies Junior High School students for admission into public and private Senior High, vocational and Technical Schools in Ghana and Nigeria.

The examination is usually written every three years after junior high school education. It is conducted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) under the supervision of the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education.

In Nigeria, the examination is administered by the state Ministry of Education in each state under the supervision of the National Examination Council (NECO).

NECO directly organizes examinations for Unity Schools, Armed Forces Secondary Schools, and other Federal Governments.


Schools approved by the Ghana Education Service or NECO are qualified to register students for the exam each year. The six-week entry period begins in October and ends in November.

Participating schools are expected their statement of Entries and School Choice Files via the Internet for processing. Continuous assessment Scores are submitted to the council on compact discs.

Subjects – Ghana

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Integrated Science
  • Social Studies
  • Religious and Moral Education
  • French


  • Ghanaian language (any Ghanaian language offered at the candidate’s school)
  • Basic Design and Technology (Visual arts, Home Economics, Pre-Technical Skills)
  • Information Communication and Technology

Subjects – Nigeria

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • National Values Education (Including Civic Education, Social Studies, and Christian/Islamic Religious Studies)
  • Basic Science and Technology
  • Cultural and Creative Arts
  • Pre-vocational Studies
  • Foreign Language (French or Arabic)
  • Nigerian Language (Edo, Efik, Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba)
  • Business Studies
  • History (starting 2023)


BECE Date 2023

Candidates in the third year of Junior High Schools approved by the Ghana Education Service are eligible for the examination. Until 2020, the examination was usually conducted in June in Ghana and May/June in Nigeria.

Because of the novel coronavirus, the academic calendar of Ghana has changed. The date for BECE 2023 has been changed to November.

BECE Timetable 2023

Before the examination, the West African Examination Council, the start of the examination, normally months before the exams, releases a timetable to serve as a guide for candidates and schools preparing students for the examination.

The BECE timetable is a comprehensive one that captures the date for all the subjects to be taken. The examination body continues to make an effort to revise the calendar until there is a suitable calendar. This year, for instance, there was a new BECE timetable.

BECE Grading System And Selection

The BECE consists of Multiple-Choice and written questions and continuous- internal assessment by the participating schools. In Ghana, candidates are graded on a nine-point scale, with Grade 1 for the highest performance and Grade 9 for the lowest.

We have a detailed article on the BECE grading system; you can check it out.

WAEC release the results of all candidates who sat for the examination after marking and compiling all the results. The results are normally released 2-3 months after the examination. You can check your BECE Results once the examination body confirms that it has released the results online.

BECE Raw Score

The BECE Raw Score is the actual score a candidate obtains in the examination. This score is obtained by adding up for each subject for your continuous assessment score sent to the WAEC, and you obtained in the exam.

Let’s assume that your total continuous assessment score was 30/50, and you score 40/50 in the exam; your total raw score will be 70/100. That’s your actual score.

The examination body uses the overall scores of your four core courses and two of your best from the other courses for calculating your total raw score. It is this raw score that is used for your school placement.

BECE School Placement Verification & Confirmation

The Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) Secretariat brings to the notice of all stakeholders waiting for the release of the 2021 BECE about the BECE School Placement Verification & Confirmation.

This is to allow parents and guidance to cross-check the school selections they made for their wards ahead of the release of the placements.

BECE Placement

The Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) is a system used by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to place qualified Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)candidates into Senior High School (SHS)Technical Institutes (TI) and Vocational Institutes.

Cnadidate use our dedicated page here check for the BECE Placement on phone online or You can use our guide to know a lot about the BECE Placement.

BECE Voucher Card

When the West African Examination Council released the Results, voucher cards or scratch cards were used to access WAEC’s website online. The voucher card consists of a serial number and pin.

Candidates without the scratch card cannot access their results. We have a detailed article on how to obtain your BECE Voucher card without any hustle.

BECE Certificate Request

Candidates who sat for exams are given certificates after the examination body has released the results. The BECE results are always in the custody of the school you are registered with to sit for the examination.

Candidates would have to officially write a letter requesting their certificates and provide any other document(s) that the school would require to release the certificate.

The Certificates are usually made ready after one month after the release of the examination results.

Candidates are advised that certificates lost or damaged after collection are not replaced at the moment.

You may be interested in using our comprehensive guide here to request your lost BECE Certificate from your school; It details everything you need to do.

BECE Novdec

The BECE Novdec is for candidates who were unsuccessful with any of their papers or did not get their desired results. First-timers are allowed to sit for the exams as well.

Two categories of prospective candidates are permitted to register for the examination.

(1) Re-sitters – This consists of candidates who previously sat for BECE but could not make the required grade(s). The candidate must provide his/her index number for the last sitting and the year of the examination.

(2) First-timers – Candidates must be 16 years and above. The candidate will be required to provide his/her date of birth during the registration.

(3) Date of Examination

The examination is conducted in the Ten Regional capitals of Ghana in February each year.

(4) Entry for the Examination

The entry period is from October to November. Registration is strictly online for private candidates. Candidates can obtain more information on how to register for the examination at www.waecgh.org

The following documents will be available online at the time of registration:

  1. Notes for the Guidance of Candidates
  2. Directions to Candidates
  3. Timetable
  4. Fee Schedule


Below are some frequently asked questions about BECE and corresponding answers;

What is BECE Examination?

The Basic Education Certificate Examination(BECE) is the main examination that qualifies Junior High School students for admission into public and private Senior High, vocational and Technical Schools in Ghana and Nigeria.

Can BECE results change?

No. There is nothing like a results upgrade. Be wary of fraudsters who promise to change candidates’ results for a fee. These are scammers who only want to swindle people.

It is illegal to engage with such fraudsters. Be mindful that universities and other institutions verify WAEC results presented to them by candidates.

Can my lost BECE certificate be replaced?

No. Certificates are issued only once. However, candidates can request confirmation of their results from any institution for a fee. Candidates can also apply for the Attestation of Results online at www.waecgh.org.

Why is my BECE result pending?

Candidates with BECE results pending do not have issues of examination malpractice. These candidates may have issues due to inaccurate candidate’s registration details etc. Such results will definitely be released after all necessary information have been obtained.

How BECE questions are set

BECE questions are set with two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2, both of which must be taken. The Papers will be combined and taken in one sitting. The paper will consist of 40 multiple-choice objective questions covering lexis, structure, and comprehension, all of which must be answered in one hour for 40 marks.

How BECE Placement is done

The Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) the placement of Basic Education Certificate Education (BECE) graduates into Senior High Schools by collecting data of all the students who took part in the Basic Education Certificate Education (BECE) Exam, finds the aggregate of their grades and raw scores and use that to place them to their selected schools.

When will BECE 2023 results be out?

The BECE results will be released about two months after the examination has been taken.

The 2023 Basic Education Certificate Examination results have not been released to participating schools yet. We will update you here on when WAEC will release the results for the candidates.

When will BECE 2023 start?

The 2023 BECE examination is scheduled to begin on Monday 15th November 2023 and end on Friday 19th November 2023.

Where to check results

  1. Dial *944# to buy Results Checker PIN and Check Results via SMS on your phone.
  2. Select Option 2 to check your results through SMS.
  3. Follow the stated procedures to make payment and receive your results.


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