WAEC reveals 2021 WASSCE Private (Nov/Dec) Registration Date, Fees and Closing Date

The council further revealed that the subject results of 417 candidates have been cancelled for “bringing foreign materials into the examination hall and engaging in collusion
Waec Ghana Office, Accra

The leadership of the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC), examination board established by law to determine the examinations required in the public interest in the English-speaking West African countries, to conduct the examinations and to award certificates comparable to those of equivalent examining authorities internationally has announced 2021 Nov/Dec registration for WASSCE for Private Candidates which is popularly referred Nov/Dec in Ghana.

Per the Council, the registration will commence in January 2021 which was announced by the Head of Private Examinations in the person of Mrs Veronica Asante in an exclusive chat with host Winifred Ampiaw where she said, “So I think next year WAEC will reopen the Nov/Dec registration in January for interested applicants to register for the private examination”, she stated.


The subject fees are as follows:

(1) Subject Fees
The subject fees are as follows:
6 or more subjects … … GH¢412.47
5 subjects … … … GH¢394.67
4 subjects … … … GH¢375.67
3 subjects … … … GH¢354.30
2 subjects … … … GH¢341.24
1 subject … … … GH¢328.18

(2)  Fees for Oral/Practical/Project Work

Candidates who offer subjects with oral/practical/project work component will pay
additional fees as follows:
GH¢50.00 per subject for Practical
GH¢50.00 per subject for Project Work
GH¢36.00 per subject for Oral (English and French)

(3) Correction of Entries
After submission of entries, candidates who wish to make any change(s) during the
registration period will pay the following charges:
• GH¢50.00 plus Practical/Project Work/Oral fee where applicable
• GH₵100.00 for correction of centre name, date of birth, address, picture or
substitution of subject.
• For addition of subject(s), the fees are as stated in 16(1) and 16(2) above.

(4) Provision of kit for Examination
Each candidate will be provided with a kit comprising non-programmable
calculator, mathematical set and time piece.

(5) Penalties
Entries made after the normal registration period will attract the following:
(a) Late Entry: One and half (1½) times the total entry fee;
(b) Substitution of Subject(s): One and half (1½) times the subject(s) fee indicated
in 16(1) and 16(2) above;
(c) Addition of Subject(s): Twice the subject(s) fee indicated in 16(1) and 16(2)
(d) Correction of name, date of birth, address, or signature: GH¢100.00.

Please read these instructions carefully before proceeding to register for the examination.
Registration for the examination is biometric and online for all candidates.

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.
 Select link to November/December WASSCE.
 Fill in the required security information data, i.e. password, security question, etc.
 Fill in your personal information.
 Upload your picture.

    Passport-sized photographs of candidates must meet the following specifications:
    (1) Dimensions: 160pixels (width) by 200 pixels (Height);
    (2) Photo background should be plain white or off-white;
    (3) Candidate’s images should be captured without spectacles or sunglasses;
    (4) Both ears of candidates must appear;
    (5) All features of the face – forehead with part of top hair, eyes, nose, mouth and
    chin must appear in the image;
    (6) Image should centred;
    (7) Candidates must look straight into the camera.

 Upload your signature.
 Select your Region and then 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 below.
 Pay the appropriate fees at the bank or by visa card ON-LINE.
 You will use your PIN/Invoice Number to access your Index Number and Admission Notice from August.

What are some Nov/Dec participating banks in Ghana?

Candidates may pay their e-registration fees at any branch of the following banks:
(1) Prudential Bank (GH) Limited
(2) Zenith Bank (GH) Limited
(3) Bank of Africa (GH) Limited
(4) United Bank of Africa (UBA)
(5) Ecobank (GH) Limited
(6) Access Bank
(7) FBN Bank (GH) Limited
(8) Consolidated Bank (GH) Limited
(9) Agriculture Development Bank (ADB) (only in the following regions):
The registration shall become valid only after the requisite fee has been paid and the appropriate receipt obtained by the candidate at the bank.


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 29th June, 2020, consideration may be given for the refund of fee paid, solely at the discretion of the Council.

This examination is open to private candidates.

The examination is scheduled to start on Monday, 1st August,  and end on 7th October, 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.

You may contact any of the Council’s Offices listed below for further information:


New Dates

WASSCE NOV/DEC 2021 Period (10 Feb 2021 0:00 – 01 Jul 2021 23:55)
Normal Registration Period (10 Feb 2021 0:00 – 30 Jun 2021 23:55)
Late Registration Period (30 Jun 2021 23:55 – 01 Jul 2021 23:55)

The schedule for the receipt of entries is as follows:
 3rd February – 31st March 2021 (16.00 GMT) Registration and payment
 1st – 15th April 2021: Payment for normal registration only
 16th April – 31st May 2021,
 Penalty Period Registration

Private Candidates’ Examination Administration Department (PCEAD)
Tel: 0302-686007

The Branch Controller, WAEC, Kumasi
Tel: 03220-34448

The Branch Controller, WAEC, Sekondi
Tel: 03120-46334

The Branch Controller, WAEC, Cape Coast
Tel: 03122-96508

The Branch Controller, WAEC, Ho – 03620-28254

The Branch Controller, WAEC, Koforidua – 03420-20923

The Branch Controller, WAEC, Sunyani – 03520-27016

The Branch Controller, WAEC, Tamale – 03720- 23092

The Branch Controller, WAEC, Bolgatanga – 03820-23232

The Branch Controller, WAEC, Wa – 03920-22278- Advertisement

Private Candidates may enter for:

One or more Core Subjects and/or

One or more Elective Subjects from the Programmes of their choice.

Candidates should verify the combination of subjects available from the Regulations and Syllabus for the examination.

Release of Results

The results of the examination are released in December to successful candidates and it is hosted at the Council’s website to enable candidates check their results online with an access card at www.waecgh.org.

Review of Scripts

Scripts are kept for three months after release of results before they are finally destroyed. During this time, review of scripts for a fee is allowed and this is done at the instance of individual candidates since the West African Senior School Certificate Examination for private candidates is an individual-based examination.


Certificates are printed for individual candidates upon request. Candidates request for their certificate online at www.waecgh.org. Certificates are produced once, and so certificates which get lost or damaged after collection are not replaced

Confirmation of Results

Candidates who lose their certificates may confirm their results to prospective employers and educational institutions.

Attestation of Results

Candidates who lose their certificates may also request for attestation of their results.

WAEC 2021 Nov/Dec registration steps

1. Visit here and Start the registration by creating a profile for yourself using a valid email address and password. (The email and password will be used for subsequent logins, so keep it safe)

2. Enter your surnames First before other Names and also enter your personal information which includes: Name, Date of Birth, Region, Email Address, Postal Address, and Disability.

Take Note that your name must not be more than 40 characters. This includes spaces between the first name, last name and initials. Your postal address must not be more than 60 characters, including spaces. 

In addition to Personal Information, you will be required to supply Centre and Subject Information

  1. Select the region and centre at which you wish to write the examination. The exact venue will be assigned to you later.
  2. Select the subjects you wish to register for the examination. Please note that the maximum number of subjects allowed is 8.

3. Upload your scanned recent passport sized photograph and signature (Please make sure the signature is what you usually use)

4. The dimensions of the scanned photograph should be between 160pixels (Width) by 200pixels (Height). The dimensions of the scanned signature should be between 250pixels (Width) by 150pixels (Height).

5. On completion of the Registration Form, Click on the Preview Button to review your form.

6. Finally on click of Submit button the system will complete the registration process and generate an Invoice showing amount due. You are required to print this invoice and take it to the bank for payment.

Characteristics of the Typical Nov/Dec WASSCE Candidate

Here are some of the characteristics shared by most private WASSCE candidates.

  • They want to obtain grades that will be better than the ones they obtained when they were school candidates.
  • Some want to dump their original High School course and try a different course.

The reasons for this are varied. But the commonest one is that they have come to realize that they do not possess the capability and passion to study that original course in the first place. A different course will therefore be a better choice.

  • There are some people who want to give themselves a second chance after dropping out of school unexpectedly.
  • Mature adults, some in their thirties, forties and beyond, also sit for the WASSCE.

These are experienced adults who have convinced themselves that this is their best step towards improving their current circumstances.

  • Young and ambitious Junior High School leavers who may, or may not, be holding any basic education certificate, are among the multitudes of private WASSCE candidates each year.

They are people who believe in their ability to do, in a matter of months or a couple of years, what others went through the three-year Senior High School programme to accomplish.

I am proud to say that I’ve been part of the remarkable success stories of scores of these wonderful individuals.

  • Expatriates and West Africans in the diaspora who, for one reason or the other, find the need to obtain a WASSCE certificate also register for WASSCE as private candidates.
  • Finally, former secondary school level students from French-speaking countries in West Africa form a sizeable percentage of private WASSCE candidates year in year out.

The key motivator here is that they wish to continue their education in Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, The Gambia or Liberia as a means to enhancing their career prospects in these countries.

I have personally taught, coached and mentored dozens of such ambitious youth from the Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and others.

Roadmap to register for WASSCE for private candidates

It is likely that you fall within at least one of the above categories of aspiring WASSCE candidates.

If this is true, then you may be wondering how you too can register for WASSCE as a private candidate.

Well, like I said at the beginning, the process to register for WASSCE as a private candidate is quite simple and straightforward.

Here are the essential steps one should take to register for this WAEC examination.

Know the combination of subjects you wish to take.

Your choice of subjects or programme for the WASSCE for private candidates will depend on your interests, dreams and capabilities.

As for the number of subjects, WAEC actually allows private candidates to register for any number from a single subject up to eight subjects.

Ascertain the official registration period.

For the WASSCE for private candidates, registration starts any time from January up to May/June each year. There could even be an extended, extra late registration period well into August.

Do your online biometric registration when the time comes.

It is possible to do this on your own if you have access to a personal computer/laptop and the internet.

A working printer is also necessary since you will be printing some important documents.

You can visit the WAEC website dedicated to WASSCE for private candidates to follow the instructions.

Another option is to hire the services of a local business whose work involves the registration of WAEC exam candidates. They can do the registration exercise on your behalf.

Where I live, there is a well-known service provider, Topman Book House, that assists students to register each each year.

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