The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says arrangements have been concluded to conduct its 2024 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) with the Computer Based Test (CBT).
This was made known in a statement issued by the WAEC Acting Head, Pubic Affairs, Moyosola Adesina, on Monday, November 13, 2023.
Adesina noted that the innovation will begin with the 2024 first series of WASSCE for private candidates, slated for February.
She stated: “In line with global best practices, the national office of WAEC wishes to inform the general public, and all its stakeholders, that plans have been concluded to migrate its WASSCE for private candidates examination diets, from Paper and Pencil Test (PPT) to Computer Based Test (CBT).
“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.
“Furthermore, the examination will be conducted in urban centres/cities and candidates with special needs have been factored into the plan.
“Registration for the examination will commence on Monday, December 18.”
The WAEC spokesperson said in order to enable candidates to familiarise themselves with the new examination platform, arrangements had also been concluded for a mock examination to be conducted in February 2024, ahead of the main examination.
Adesina added: “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.”