WAEC Introduces CBT Mode for Exams  - The Top Society

WAEC Introduces CBT Mode for Exams 


The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has officially declared the incorporation of the Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode for the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

The announcement, as conveyed by Moyosola Adesina, the acting head of the Public Affairs Unit of WAEC, outlined that this approach will debut with the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates scheduled for February 2024.

The statement read:

“In line with global best practices, the Nigeria National Office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) wishes to inform the general public, and all its stakeholders, that it has concluded plans to migrate its WASSCE for Private Candidates Examination Diets from Paper and Pencil Test to Computer Based Examination (CBE). 

“The Innovation will commence with WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2024 – First Series, which is slated to hold in February 2024. While the Objective Tests will be fully Computer Based, the Essay and Test of Practical papers will be hybrid, in which the examination questions will be delivered on screen and candidates are required to write answers on the answer booklets given to them. 

“Furthermore, the examination will be conducted in urban centres/cities and candidates with special needs have been factored into the plan. Registration for the examination will commence on Monday, December 18, 2023.” 

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A Computer-Based Test (CBT) is an examination or assessment method where candidates take the test using a computer or electronic device, typically connected to a secure network. Instead of using traditional pen-and-paper methods, CBT utilizes technology to deliver, administer, and score tests. Candidates interact with the exam content through a computer interface, answering questions, and navigating through the test using input devices like a keyboard and mouse. CBT is known for its efficiency, accuracy, and the ability to provide quick results. It’s commonly used in various educational and professional testing environments.

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This shift to a digital examination format is poised to usher in a new era of efficiency and accuracy in the assessment process. The CBT mode is anticipated to streamline the examination process, ensuring a secure and standardized testing environment for candidates.

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