BECE 2021 – 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 Government.
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
- Integrated Science
- Social Studies
- Religious and Moral Education
- Ghanaian language (any Ghanaian language offered at candidate’s school)
- Basic Design and Technology (Visual arts, Home Economics, Pre-Technical Skills)
- Information Communication and Technology
Subjects – Nigeria
- English Language
- 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 2021)
BECE Date 2021
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 2021 has been changed to November.
BECE Timetable 2021
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 consist 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 highest performance and Grade 9 for 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.
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.
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 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 of 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.
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:
- Notes for the Guidance of Candidates
- Directions to Candidates
- 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 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 from WAEC results presented to them by candidates.
Can my lost BECE certificate be replaced?
No. Certificates are issued only once. However, candidates can request for the confirmation of their results to any institution for a fee. Candidates can also apply for 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 at 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) does the placement of the 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 2021 results be out?
The BECE results will be released about two months after the examination has been taken.
The 2021 Basic Education Certificate Examination results have not been released to participating schools yet. We will update you when the results are out.
When will BECE 2021 start?
The 2021 BECE examination is scheduled to begin on Monday 15th November 2021 and end on Friday 19th November 2021.
Where to check results
- Dial *944# to buy Results Checker PIN and Check Results via SMS on your phone.
- Select Option 2 to check your results through SMS.
- Follow the stated procedures to make payment and receive your results.
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