Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE Internal)
Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE External)
Junior Secondary Certificate Examination (JSCE)
National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE)
Gifted Examination Into Federal Academy Suleja
Examinations being administered by the council
Nigeria operates the 6334 educational system.
What this means is that a six year primary education is followed by a
three year junior secondary, a three year senior secondary and a final
four year tertiary education.
To transit from one level of the educational system
to the next, pupils have to undergo selection or achievement
examinations to determine their suitability for the level they are
transiting into. NECO plays a dominant role in conducting the various
transiting examinations, which are as follows:
SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION (INTERNAL)
This is the examination
taken by candidates in their last stage of Secondary Education. The
SSCE is in two categories. One is for candidates in the third and
final year of their secondary education and it is called SSCE
Internal. The Second is SSCE External and is for candidates not in
the School system.
The SSCE internal has forty subjects. the minimum number of
subjects a candidate can sit for is eight while the maximum is
nine. all Senior Secondary schools in the Federation present
Candidates for the SSCE because the results are used for
A. Admissions into
B. Employment purposes
C. Qualification to stand
for elective offices.
The grading System is as follows:
A1 - Excellent
B2 - Very Good
B3 - Good
C4 - Credit
C5 - Credit
C6 - Credit
D7 - Pass
D8 - Pass
F9 - Fail
SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION (EXTERNAL)
Another core component of the mandate of the Council as espoused in the Enabling law is the conduct of the Senior School Certificate Examination for External Candidates. The first of the Exam was held in November from 9th November to 3rd December,2002.
To bring the Examination close to as many willing candidates as possible, Centres were located in almost all the local government areas. As a result, the examination was held in 846 centres round the country. In all, 224,788 candidates sat for this maiden examination out of which 127,983 were males and 96,805 were females. The examination was marked in 20 venues. By the time the results were released-and these was within 60days -30,794(i.e 13.68%) of the candidates obtained credits and above in at least 5 subjects including both English Language and Mathematics.
The Council believes that, as more and more people get informed about the SSCE (External), the enrolment will increase. With this, opportunity for educational advancement will be afforded people who need to have a second chance in their educational pursuits or those wishing to upgrade a quality of their ordinary level grades.
JUNIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION
from the three years of junior secondary to the senior secondary,
the JSCE is conducted for candidates in their third year of the
Junior Secondary School. While each state of the federation and the
FCT conducts the JSCE for its candidates, NECO conducts the JSCE
for Federal Unity Colleges, Armed Forces Secondary Schools and
other Federal establishments operating Secondary schools. Private
Secondary schools also take part in the NECO JSCE provided they are
permitted by their State Ministries of Education.
Twenty two subjects are administered at the JSCE level.
A candidate is expected to sit for a minimum of ten subjects and a
maximum of thirteen. A candidate is deemed to have passed the JSCE
if he/she has passes in six subjects including English and
The grading system is as follows:
A - Distinction
C - Credit
P - Pass
F - Fail.
NATIONAL COMMON ENTRANCE EXAMINATION
This examination is
administered to pupils in their 6th year of primary schooling which
is the final stage of primary education. The purpose of this
examination is to select the best candidates from every state of
the federation and the federal Capital territory (FCT) for
admission into federal Unity colleges. These Colleges are
essentially, Secondary schools owned by the Federal Government of
Nigeria. Their objective is to foster unity amongst the children of
Two are held
annually. Results of the first examination determines candidates that
qualify for a second examination based on cut-off marks for each
state. The results of the second examination qualifies candidates for
admission based on merit, equal state quota and environment
EXAMINATION TO FEDERAL ACADEMY SULEJA
The gifted children
education programme is designed to identify exceptionally talented
children at the primary school level, bring together in the same
environment at the Secondary school level where they can express their
talent without being slowed down by the less gifted.
To achieve this objective, a special secondary school called Federal
Government Academy was established in Suleja, Close to Abuja.
Selection into the Federal Government
Academy is by a special examination administered to identified
talented children in primary six inn all the states of the Federation
and the FCT.
Results of the examination is used to select candidates primarily by
merit, and to a lesser extent, by equal state quota.