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COUNCIL'S EXAMINATIONS
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 Tertiary Institutions
     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
 

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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.

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JUNIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION

       To transit 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 Mathematics.

      The grading system is as follows:
                                            A - Distinction
                                            C - Credit
                                            P - Pass
                                            F - Fail.

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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 NIGERIA.

      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 considerations.
 

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GIFTED 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.

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