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Is It True that the 2024 WAEC Examination Is Computer Base Test (CBT)?

Is Waec Exam Computer Base Test
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Is Waec Exam Computer Base Test? Is no longer a rumour that The West African Examinations Council are planing to introduce the Computer Base Test mode in the administration of its examinations.

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) will use the Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode for conducting the Senior School Certificate Examination. WAEC announced on Monday that they are discontinuing the paper and pencil test model.

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The CBT for private candidates in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination will commence in February 2024.

This information was conveyed in a statement released by the examination body

Is Waec Exam Computer Base Test

Is Waec Exam Computer Base Test

Is WAEC using CBT?

Yes, The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) will use the Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode for conducting the Senior School Certificate Examination.

What are the types of Computer Based Tests?

The type of Computer base test WAEC will be using is the Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs, which is the most common type of questions in CBTs. Test-takers choose the correct answer from a list of options.

What is the CBT WAEC Exam Format?

The Waec exam format is comprise of objective and Essay. The objective test will be fully computer-based, while the Essay and Test of Practical papers will be hybrid.

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) usually conducts two exams each year. The first one takes place in May/June for school candidates in SS3 classes in recognized schools. The second exam occurs in October/November for private candidates. However, with the recent announcement, the timetable for private students has changed.

How Will the WASSCE CBT Will Work?

  1. The objective test will be fully computer-based, while the Essay and Test of Practical papers will be hybrid.
    • This means that question papers will no longer be used during the exam. Instead, examination questions will be displayed on screens, and booklets will be provided for candidates to write their answers.
  2. The exams will be conducted in urban centers/cities across the country.
    • WAEC has considered candidates with special needs during the planning process, addressing their specific requirements.

Registration for the exam will start on Monday, December 18, 2023. To help students become familiar with the new exam platform, WAEC has arranged for a mock examination in February 2024 before the actual exam begins.

Students are advised to sharpen their computer skills to be fully prepared for the new system. WAEC emphasizes that this move is in line with global best practices. WAEC, as the oldest examination body in the West Africa sub-region, was established under the law to determine examination requirements for English-speaking countries in West Africa.

Their role is to conduct examinations and award certificates that are equivalent to those of international examination authorities. This move aligns WAEC with the global trend of adopting Computer-Based Testing for educational assessments.

What are your thoughts on the recent WAEC update regarding candidates using Computer-Based Testing (CBT) for their examinations? Do you believe this change will be beneficial, or do you think it’s a necessary improvement to prevent malpractice.

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