Guide to new WAEC grading system 2018

Guide to new WAEC grading system 2018

With the date for the commencement of the WAEC examinations, it is no surprise that the students would want to know about WAEC grading system. The closer the examination period gets, the more the students would want to know the grade they require to successfully pass their various examination. If you are wondering, what is the new WASSCE grading system? Then we are here to enlighten you, the Ghanaian youth and examination candidate on the grading systems used by the West African Examination Council in the different national examinations and the pass grades, including the reasons why the examination council decided to adopt this new systems. We will also look at how advantageous or disadvantageous the new WAEC grading system is.

WASSCE grading system Ghana

History of the new West African Examination Council grading system.

The West African Examination Council did a revamping of the different grading systems for the different examinations that are done nationwide. They did this with an aim of improving the education grading systems. The main reasons for changing the examination was due to the demerits that the old grading systems brought with.

Some of the reasons include;

The old system made it almost impossible for the analysis of the grades that had been recorded every year. This means that it was impossible to gauge the grades and it made it impossible to know if there was improvement or not.

The grades were not reflecting the standards of education. It was hard to know if the teaching improved or deteriorated.

Below is a guide on the new and old grading system for the various WAEC examinations.

WAEC grading system for BECE

The Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is the exam that is taken by the junior high school students who wish to join a senior high school of their choice. The aim of the BECE examination is to examen the candidate by testing the level of achievement he/she has made in the different subjects they have undertaken. This is a school leaving and also a determinative examination. It determines the senior high school that one will be posted.

WAEC Ghana WASSCE grading system


The grading of the BECE is based on a nine(9)-scale grading system. The system was designed to help correct the old grading system by encompassing three key elements.

    Grade descriptions. They are used in assisting to gauge the level of knowledge the student has acquired. Grade setting. Cut off points
BECE grades and their interpretations

Below is the 9 grade system adopted for the BECE examination and their interpretation

Grade 1- excellent

Grade 2 - very good

Grade 3 - good

Grade 4 - high average

Grade 5- average

Grade 6- low average

Grade 7- low

Grade 8- lower

Grade 9- lowest

WAEC grading system for WASSCE

The WASSCE is a detailed grading system that comprises of a two fold grading criteria. The WASSCE grading system Ghana for WASSCE is fairly unique with at least 3 grades giving you a credit and two grades give you a pass. So this means you have to be exceptionally good to get the top grades.

Latest WAEC grading system

The WAEC Ghana WASSCE grading system awards students who have done exceptionally well in the exam an A1 and fro those that have done well but not as well as those who have the A1 are given a B2. The other grades that follow are the B3 (good), then the people who have credits are given the C4, C5, and C6. For a pass, you are given a D7 and a E8. The students who fail are given an F9.

Let us look at the novdec grading system interpretation of the grades.

A1 - Excellent

B2 - Very good

B3- Good

C4, C5 , C6 - Credit




The WASSCE grading system 2018 also attaches the percentages that will make you qualify for the grade you wish to get. Let us proceed to the marks for WAEC grading system in the WASSCE examination.

WAEC grading scale with percentages. Guide to new WAEC grading system 2018

A1 – 75 to 100%

B2 - 70 to 74%

B3- 65 to 69%

C4 – 60 to 64%

C5 – 55 to 59%

C6 – 50 to 54%

D7 - 45 to 49%

E8 – 40 to 45%

F9 – 0 to 39%

Knowing the WASSCE marks and grading is very important for students. It is of even more importance for students to have the knowledge of the latest WAEC grading system for them to know how they may fair in the examinations. The early bird catches the worm and the earlier you understand the new grading system of WAEC the better. In addition to this, you will be motivated to work even harder to reach your goal. It is important to know that you will not get admitted to any tertiary institution if you get anything below a “C” in Mathematics or English.

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