THE WEST AFRICAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL
2016 WEST AFRICAN SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION
FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES
NOTES FOR THE GUIDANCE OF CANDIDATES
Please read these instructions carefully before proceeding to register for the examination.
Registration for the examination is biometric and online for all candidates.
Prospective candidates are to follow the steps below to register:
Candidates are required to capture their fingerprints at designated internet cafes to
commence registration. The lists of designated internet cafes can be obtained on the
WAEC website, www.waecgh.org
Open the registration website: registration.ghanawaec.org
Select link to WASSCE for Private Candidates
Click on START REGISTRATION HERE.
Fill in the required security information data, i.e. password, security question, etc.
Fill in your personal information.
Upload your picture. (See 10 for details)
Upload your signature.
Select the Region and the Centre where you wish to take the examination.
Select the subject(s) you intend to write.
Print your voucher and send to any of the banks listed in 17.
Pay the appropriate fees at the bank or by visa card ONLINE.
You will use your PIN/Invoice Number to access your Index Number and Admission
Notice from 5th August, 2016.
NOTE THAT YOUR REGISTRATION IS NOT VALID TILL YOU PAY THE
This examination is open to private candidates.
DATES FOR THE EXAMINATION
The examination is scheduled to start on Monday, 1st August, 2016 and end on Friday,
7th October, 2016. The Timetable can be accessed by clicking on the Timetable icon on the
registration website. Candidates are advised to study the Timetable carefully in order to
avoid clashing of subjects.
English Language 3 (Oral) is scheduled for Friday, 9th September, 2016
4. ENTRY PERIOD AND SUBMISSION OF ENTRY DOCUMENTS
The schedule for the receipt of entries is as follows:
1st February – 30th April, 2016(16.00 GMT)….Normal registration and payment
1st – 3rd May, (16.00GMT) ……………………Payment for normal registration only
4th – 31st May, 2016…………………………….Late entry and payment
5. You may contact any of the Council’s Offices listed below for further information:
(1) GREATER ACCRA REGION
Private Candidates’ Examination Administration Department (PCEAD)
(Examination Loop, behind Ridge Hospital)
(2) ASHANTI REGION
The WAEC Branch Office, Kumasi
(Near KTI, Amakom)
(3) WESTERN REGION
The WAEC Branch Office, Sekondi
(Adjacent to the Sekondi Anglican Cathedral)
(4) CENTRAL REGION
The WAEC Branch Office, Cape Coast
(5) VOLTA REGION
The WAEC Branch Office, Ho
(Opposite Roads and Highways Office)
(6) EASTERN REGION
The WAEC Branch Office, Koforidua
(Old Estate, Nsukwao)
(7) BRONG AHAFO REGION
The WAEC Branch Office, Sunyani
(Behind Ghana Legion & Municipal Assembly Offices)
(8) NORTHERN REGION
The WAEC Branch Office, Tamale
(Adjacent to GNAT Hostel)
UPPER EAST REGION
The WAEC Branch Office, Bolgatanga
(SOE Residential Area, near Catering Rest House)
UPPER WEST REGION
The WAEC Branch Office, Wa
(Near Kumbeihi Cluster of Schools)
Your 10-digit Index Number will be generated by the office and may be accessed on-
line from 1st July, 2016 using your Invoice Number.
7. CANDIDATE’S NAME
Candidates should ensure that their names are properly entered.
(2) SURNAME should be entered first, followed by the FIRST NAME and then the
MIDDLE NAME (if any).
Full name should not exceed forty (40) characters.
For example: OBIRI-YEBOAH JONATHAN KWASI should be entered as
O B I R I
– Y E B O A H
J O N A T H A N
Candidates with hyphenated names should ensure that the hyphen is properly
Candidate’s surname and first name should be written in full.
DATE OF BIRTH
Candidates should ensure that their correct date of birth is entered. Requests for correction
in dates of birth after the start of the examination would not be entertained.
9. E-MAIL ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Candidates should ensure that they provide accurate and active e-mail addresses and
telephone numbers. The Council will correspond with candidates via the e-mail or telephone
10. SPECIFICATION OF PASSPORT-SIZED PHOTOGRAPHS
Passport-sized photographs of candidates must meet the following specifications:
Dimensions: 160pixels (width) by 200 pixels (height);
Photo background should be plain white or off-white;
Candidate’s images should be captured without spectacles or sunglasses;
Both ears of candidates must appear;
All features of the face – forehead with part of top hair, eyes, nose, mouth and
chin must appear in the image;
Image should be centred;
Candidates must look straight into the camera.
Candidates are to personally ensure that their correct photographs are uploaded.
Candidates are to personally ensure that their correct photographs are uploaded.
Requests for change of photograph would not be entertained.
WAEC WILL NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY WRONG DATA
11. EXAMINATION CENTRES
The centres for the examination are as listed below:
(1) GREATER ACCRA
(6) BRONG AHAFO
(9) UPPER EAST
(10) UPPER WEST
The Council reserves the right to re-direct candidates to other centres if there are
not enough entries for any particular centre or if there are more candidates at a
centre than can be accommodated there.
12. EXAMINATION SUBJECTS
You are required to select the subjects you wish to register for. Please note that you are
allowed a maximum of four core subjects and four elective subjects. There are no
(1) Core Subjects
(2) Elective Subjects
Crop Husbandry and
Clerical Office Duties
Principles of Cost
Clothing & Textiles
Foods & Nutrition
Christian Religious Studies
Literature In English
Information & Comm. Tech. (ICT)
West African Traditional Religion
Please find below the subjects with Oral/Practical/Project work component.
\English Language (Core)
+Clothing and Textiles
+Foods and Nutrition
+General Knowledge in Art
* Subjects with project work component
+Subjects with practical component
\ Subjects with oral component
Candidates offering Biology, Chemistry, Physics,
General Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Crop Husbandry and
Horticulture, Fisheries and Forestry will take the Alternative to
Practical work and will not pay additional fees.
PROJECT/PRACTICAL TESTS /FRENCH ORAL
Candidates offering subjects under the Technical and Vocational programmes and
Music will take the actual practical tests in those subjects.
Candidates offering Foods and Nutrition, Clothing and Textiles, Music and Oral French
will be notified of the actual dates and time of the Practical through their mobile phones
using Short Message Service (SMS).
There will be no Continuous Assessment component for the examination.
Barred candidates who register for the examination before the expiration of their
sanction shall receive no results and any fees paid shall be forfeited.
16. REGISTRATION FEES
(1) Subject Fees
The subject fees are as follows:
6 or more subjects
5 subjects … GH¢235.00
4 subjects … GH¢224.00
3 subjects … GH¢212.00
2 subjects … GH¢198.00
1 subject … GH¢189.00
Fees for Oral/Practical/Project Work
Candidates who offer subjects with oral/practical/project work component will
pay additional fees as follows:
GH¢32.00 per subject for Practical
GH¢32.00 per subject for Project Work
GH¢22.00 per subject for Oral (English and French)
(3) Correction of Entries
After submission of entries candidates who wish to make any change(s)
between 1st February and 30th April, 2016 will pay the following charges:
(4) GH¢32.00 plus Practical/Project Work/Oral fee where applicable for
correction of centre name, date of birth, address, picture or substitution of
For addition of subject(s), the fees are as stated in 16(1) and 16(2) above.
Entries made between 4th and 31st May, 2016 will attract the following:
Late Entry: One and half (11⁄2) times the total entry fee;
Substitution of Subject(s): One and half (11⁄2) times the subject(s) fee
indicated in 16(1) and 16(2) above;
Addition of Subject(s): Twice the subject(s) fee indicated in 16(1) and
Correction of name, date of birth, address, or signature: GH¢50.00.
LIST OF PARTICIPATING BANKS
Candidates may pay their e-registration fees at any branch of the following banks:
Prudential Bank (GH) Limited
Zenith Bank (GH) Limited
Bank of Africa (GH) Limited
United Bank of Africa (UBA)
Uni Bank (GH) Limited
Ecobank (GH) Limited
FBN Bank (GH) Limited
Agriculture Development Bank (ADB) (only in the following regions):
EASTERN, VOLTA, NORTHERN, UPPER EAST AND UPPER WEST
The registration shall become valid only after the requisite fee has been paid and the
appropriate receipt has been obtained by the candidate at the bank.
REFUND OF FEES
The West African Examinations Council, (WAEC), does NOT undertake to refund fees
paid for its services. However, if notice of withdrawal of candidature is received before
30th June, 2016, consideration may be given for the refund of fees paid, solely at the
discretion of the Council.
REQUEST FOR RE-MARKING
Requests for remarking received 60 days after the release of results would not be
accepted. Any candidate who makes a request for remarking will be required to pay the
CANDIDATES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Candidates with special needs (example: physically challenged, visually impaired and
hearing impaired) who are duly registered for the examination should complete the
attached Form A and forward it to the Council to enable us make special arrangements
for them. This notification should be received not later than 1st June, 2016.
21. ADDITIONAL TIME FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
Candidates who are blind/deaf are to be allowed one and half (11⁄2) times the
time allotted to other candidates.
Candidates who are deaf are exempted from Oral Tests.
ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATES
Certificates would be issued to candidates upon request three months after release of
HEAD OF NATIONAL OFFICE
DIRECTIONS TO CANDIDATES
Report to the Supervisor of the Examination Hall at least thirty minutes before the time
shown for the paper. The timetable shows the time actual writing begins but you will be
allowed five minutes at the beginning of each paper to complete your particulars on the
front cover of the answer booklet. You are not to write anything in the answer booklet
during this period. The time allocated for reading through question papers or studying
maps, etc., is included in the total time allowed for the papers unless the rubric states
If you arrive more than 30 minutes late you will be required to give a satisfactory reason
to the Supervisor otherwise you will not be allowed to take the examination. You will
not be allowed to leave the examination room until at least 30 minutes after the start of
Write your full index number, your name, title of the paper and the date of examination
clearly on every answer booklet, supplementary sheet, loose maps, graph sheet (paper)
and any other paper which you may use.
If an examination paper for which you have not entered is handed to you or if the
question indicates that a map or other materials should also have been given out, but you
have not received them, raise your hand immediately and inform the Supervisor or
Invigilator when he comes to see you.
Read the general directions that precede the questions very carefully. You will not gain
extra marks if you answer more than the number of questions you are asked to answer.
Much time may be wasted in writing down information not asked for.
Write on both sides of the paper unless the instructions on the question paper prohibit this
and leave a margin at both right-hand and left-hand edges. Leave two lines between
answers where these are sub-sections to the same question. Begin the answer to each full
question on a fresh page. Do not leave blank pages between answers.
You must do all rough work in your answer booklet. (You will not be given any paper
for that purpose and, of course, you should not bring any rough work paper with you into
the examination room). Neatly cross out all rough work. You will not lose marks for
doing rough work in your answer book.
Write the number of the question clearly at the beginning of each answer. If the question
has sub-sections show these also clearly. Do not copy the question.
Be careful to use the same system of numbering as that on the question paper.
Remember that grammar, punctuation and spelling will be taken into account. Write
your answers with pen. You may use a fountain pen or a good ball-point pen, but pencils
may be used only for diagrams and for multiple choice objective tests.
Bring mathematical and drawing instruments, mathematical and statistical tables for
Mathematics and Science subjects and Technical Drawing. If you are offering Art or
Technical Drawing or Typewriting, you must bring your own brushes and colours or
drawing board, or typewriter for the examination.
Do not write so much on one or two questions that you leave yourself no time to answer
others which you must answer. No marks are given for irrelevant answers.
If you decide to leave the examination room before the end of the period allotted to the
paper, you must not take your question paper away with you; you must return it with your
script to the Supervisor. You may, however, go back at the end of the period to collect
your question paper.
As soon as you are told that time is up, arrange your papers in the order in which you
have answered the questions; ensure that your answer booklet and all supplementary
sheets have your full index number and name written on them. Fasten them together
securely with string at the top left-hand corner. Stay in your place until your script has
been collected and you are told to leave.
- Do not leave your answers in such a position that another candidate can read them.
No communication whatsoever will be allowed between candidates in the examination
Any candidate who is detected giving or attempting to obtain unfair assistance, or who is
otherwise detected in any dishonesty whatsoever, will be reported to the Council for
If it is discovered that candidates have either copied from other candidates or given
opportunity to other candidates to copy from them or communicated dishonestly with
other candidates, their papers will be cancelled.
Candidates whose examination results have been cancelled for resorting to dishonest
means may be refused re-entry to future examinations.
All candidates must submit themselves to biometric verification and searching by the
Supervisor or the Council’s representative before entering the examination hall.
Candidates are not permitted to have in their desks or in their possession, while in the
examination room, any book, memorandum or pocket-book, notes or papers whatsoever,
except the correct question paper given out by the Supervisor/Invigilator in the
examination room. Candidates using slide rules and mathematical instruments as
permitted by the regulations must see to it that any information (formulae or other data)
shown on them is securely covered up. The slide rules and instrument boxes must be
shown to the Supervisor before being used.
Candidates should not take any used or unused writing paper out of the Examination
Room. Candidates who disregard this caution are liable to the same penalty as those who
may be detected for dishonesty. Supervisors and Invigilators have been authorized to
search candidates both before they enter and before they leave the examination room if
they have reason to suspect that candidates are carrying prohibited materials.
Candidates guilty of disorderly conduct or causing disturbance in or near the examination
room are liable to be expelled from the examination room.
The Council reserves the right to cancel the results of candidates if it believes that they
have been involved in irregularities before, during or after the examination.
It is a criminal offence, punishable by law, to engage in any examination malpractice
WAEC Act 719 (2006). You are hereby requested to comport yourself strictly in
accordance with the regulations bearing in mind that in addition to having your
examination results cancelled you may be prosecuted in court.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING OBJECTIVE TEST PAPERS
These instructions should be carefully followed by candidates taking Objective Tests.
You are required to bring into the examination room a pencil sharpener, an eraser and a
ruler. 2B pencils will be supplied to candidates in the examination room.
You must write your full index number and name in ink on the question paper as required
by the instructions on the question paper.
All index numbers and answers must be shaded in pencil. Under no circumstance should
pens of any type be used to shade index numbers and answers. The scoring machine can
only read pencil marks; it is therefore necessary that you use only 2B pencil in recording
your index number and answers on the objective answer sheet.
To record your index number, you must re-shade carefully the machine shading of your
index number on your objective answer sheet. An example has been given on the cover
page of each question paper and this must be closely followed. The shading should cover
the full width and length of the response position. The answer sheets are pre-printed with
candidates’ names and index numbers, and you should make sure that you have the
correct answer sheet which bears your index number and name.
Answer spaces must be shaded as shown below for C.
Note that the answer space has been shaded completely; note also that the shading does
not continue beyond the two lines. Failure to shade the answer space as shown may
result in loss of marks.
Candidates should find no difficulty in making suitable marks if they sharpen their 2B
pencils to a fine point, and then rub the point gently on some scrap paper to make it
slightly blunt. If a candidate finds genuine difficulty in making suitable marks as
described above, it is better to over-mark, than to under-mark.
Note that the computer manufacturers state “No mark should extend more than one-
sixteenth of an inch beyond the edges or ends of the mark positions”.
You must shade one and only one answer space for each question. Candidates should
note that marking two responses to one question automatically gives them no score for
the question. Therefore if you shade an answer space in error, erase the wrong shading
completely and shade the correct answer space. If a candidate makes a poor erasure, and
substitutes a new answer, there is the danger that the computer will read the erasure as a
mark and give no score.
Under no circumstance should the answer sheet be folded or crumpled or damaged. The
computer will reject such answer sheets.
Candidates are further asked to note that since The West African Examinations Council
processes over three million answer sheets per year, it is quite impossible for each one to
be given individual human scrutiny. It is therefore the clear responsibility of the
candidate to complete his Objective Answer Sheet exactly as described in these
SPECIAL WARNING ON STARTING AND ENDING A PAPER
When question papers are given out, no candidate should start work before the order to
start is given. Furthermore, when the “stop work” order is given, candidates should
immediately put down their pens or pencils.
Any candidate found working on a paper before the order to start work is given or
found still writing when the order to stop work is given, committees
an irregularity and will be penalized accordingly.
SPECIAL WARNING ON CENTRE ARRANGEMENT
Candidates must present their Admission Notices at the Centre assigned to them.
Candidates who do not present their Admission Notices may not be allowed to write the
Candidates must write the examination at centres assigned to them by WAEC only.
Candidates who write the examination at centres not assigned them may not get their
result(s) in those papers.
SPECIAL WARNING ON THE USE OF CALCULATORS
Programmable calculators are not permitted for the examination.
SPECIAL WARNING ON MOBILE PHONES
36. Under no circumstance should mobile phones be brought into the examination hall.
Where a candidate is found with a mobile phone or any other electronic communication
device in the examination hall, the entire results of the candidate shall be withheld
pending the cancellation of his/her entire results by the appropriate Committee of
HEAD OF NATIONAL OFFICE