WAEC to hold CBT exams for private candidates — here’s how to prepare

 WAEC to hold CBT exams for private candidates — here’s how to prepare

Students writing WAEC exam – source Channels TV

On Monday, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) announced that it has finalized arrangements to conduct Computer-Based Examinations (CBE) for candidates taking its examination.

Moyosola Adesina, the acting Head of Public Affairs at WAEC, stated that the incorporation of Computer-Based Testing (CBT) will begin with the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2024 – First Series, scheduled for February 2024.

Here are 10 things to know about WAEC CBT

1. Exam Date: The Computer-Based Test for private candidates taking the West African Senior School Certificate Examination is scheduled to commence in February 2024.

Usually, the examination council conducts two exams each year. The first one takes place in May/June for school candidates in SS3 class attending recognized schools, followed by the October/November exam, the second one designed for private candidates. However, with this recent announcement, there has been a shift in the timetable for private candidates.

2. Mode of Examination

WAEC announced that the objective test will be entirely computer-based. Meanwhile, the Essay and Test of Practical papers will be conducted in a hybrid manner. Implying that the traditional question papers will not be used during the exam.

Instead, the examination questions will be displayed on screens, and booklets will be provided. Candidates will then write their answers inside these booklets, which will be collected and assessed by the examiners.

3. Exam Centres

WAEC has announced its intention to conduct exams in urban centers/cities across the country.

4. Special Needs

The examination council has emphasized that it took into account candidates with special needs during the planning process, ensuring that all their requirements were considered and accommodated.

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5. Registration Date

Commencing on Monday, December 18, 2023, the registration for the exam will be open. To familiarize students with the new exam platform, the examination council has arranged a mock examination scheduled for February 2024, preceding the actual exam.

How to prepare for CBT 

1. Familiarize Yourself with the CBT Interface

Take the time to explore the CBT interface through practice tests or simulations. Understand how to navigate between questions, review and change answers, and use any available tools or features.

2. Time Management Practice

Develop effective time management skills by practicing answering questions under timed conditions. This helps you get accustomed to the pace of the exam and ensures you can allocate time wisely across all sections.

3. Content Review and Focus

Identify the content areas covered in the CBT and focus your preparation on those specific topics. Create a study plan that systematically reviews the material, addressing any weaknesses in your knowledge.

4. Stay Tech-Ready

Ensure that your computer meets the technical requirements for the CBT. Verify internet connectivity, browser compatibility, and any necessary software installations. Being tech-ready helps prevent last-minute issues on exam day.

5. Review and Reflect

Regularly review your progress and performance in practice tests. Identify areas of strength and weakness, and adjust your study plan accordingly. Reflecting on your preparation helps refine your approach leading up to the exam.

6. Stay Healthy and Well-Rested

Prioritize your physical and mental well-being during the preparation phase. Get adequate sleep, maintain a balanced diet, and stay hydrated. A healthy body and mind contribute to better cognitive performance.

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