The 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Exam (WASSCE) of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) has been a very peculiar one that has been so different from previous years’ all because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Unlike previous years’, the 2020 WAEC SSCE examination was supposed to have taken place within the months of May to June, but could not hold all thanks to COVID-19.
It is now no longer news that the federal government has announced the dates for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) likewise that of the National Examination Council (NECO), National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) and the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) exams.
According to the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba, who made the announcement, the 2020 WAEC exams will begin from August 17.
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has equally released the timetable for the exams. The timetable reveals that the examination will begin on the 17th of August and ends on the 12th of September, 2020. You can view the timetable below:
Recommended: WAEC SSCE Timetable (PDF)
It would be no doubt that this years’ WAEC exam would take a different turn from previous years’ most especially the sitting arrangements because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the bid to maintain social distancing and in compliance with the guidelines and conditions set by the federal government, there would be a reasonable number of spaces between candidates unlike before.
What would this mean to the WAEC candidates?
From our prediction, the number of candidates in the examination hall would be greatly reduced in the bid to maintain social distancing, and as such more halls and examination centers or venues would be used.
Candidates who involve themselves in the act of borrowing pens, calculators, erasers, rulers, and other writing materials during examinations would not find this situation friendly at all. We, therefore, are using this medium to advise all candidates to go fully prepared for the examination with all their writing materials intact and also have a spare should in case.
A lot of people are already predicting a massive failure for this years’ WAEC exam because of the social distancing which would greatly reduce the cases of exam malpractice but don’t and never let this get up to you.
Recall previously, we advised all candidates not to stop studying and preparing for the exam, if you indeed studied and still are, you are good to go.
But in a situation where you have not been studying, well not to worry much. Remember, the examination covers all that you’ve learned from your Senior Secondary School 1 – 3 that was build up from the foundation of your Junior Secondary School knowledge that was equally laid on the foundation of your Primary School knowledge.
Whenever your heart beats faster when you remember about the examination and how poorly your preparation might be, always remember all that you’ll be asked are things you have already done. All that matters now, it’s your ability to remember and how to present it.
We equally advised all candidates to go through past questions as in most cases, some questions are usually repeated. Candidates should also check our WAEC CBT practice software to have an online ‘feeling’ of how the examination would look like.
Recommended: WAEC CBT Practice
In conclusion, don’t be scared! You are more prepared than you know. You can do it. We wish you all a successful examination.