How to Retrieve WAEC Examination Number

Are you looking for how to retrieve WAEC examination number for yourself or a friend?

WAEC examination numbers are 10-digit number that is unique to each candidate writing any WAEC exam in a specific year.

There is no way you can check your WAEC result without knowing your examination number.

In this article, you will learn how to retrieve your WAEC examination number. You will also learn what to do if you are not able to retrieve it online by yourself.

What are WAEC Examination Numbers?

Immediately a candidate successfully registers for a WAEC exam, they are assigned a unique 10 digit number. These numbers are specific to a candidate only in the year the exam was registered.

WAEC exam numbers consist of two parts; the first parts contain the 7-digit centre number while the last three numbers are the candidate’s seat number.

In WAEC SSCE exams, seat numbers are arranged according to the spelling of the candidates surname while in WAEC GCE exams, they are arranged based on when the candidate registered for the exam.

Here is an example to help you understand better;

Bisola wrote her WAEC exams in the year 2009 at QueensBay High School, Ikeja, Lagos and her seat number was 041.

Let’s assume that the exam centre number for QueensBay High School is 4409813.

If we combine the exam centre number and seat number, we will get 4409813041 to be Bisola’s WAEC examination number for 2009.

How to Retrieve WAEC Examination Number

This tutorial will be divided into two parts. The first part will teach you how to retrieve WAEC SSCE examination numbers while the second part will teach you how to retrieve WAEC GCE examination numbers.

WAEC SSCE Examination Number Retrieval Process

There are three methods you can use to retrieve WAEC SSCE examination numbers. Check for the method that is suitable for you.

Method 1: Using the WAEC SSCE Exam Centre Number Database (Nigeria only)

WAEC has a database that contains a list of schools in the participating countries and their WAEC centre numbers. Luckily, the WAEC SSCE centre numbers for schools in Nigeria is available online.

If you wrote your WAEC SSCE exams in Nigeria and you remember your seat number, then this is the best method for you. To be able to use this method, you also need to remember the name of the school where you wrote your exams.

We will provide you with the WAEC SSCE centre numbers for schools in Nigeria.

When you get to the page, click Ctrl-F on your keyboard and type the name of the school you did your exam in the search box then copy the centre number.

If you are using a mobile phone, when you get to the page that contains the WAEC SSCE centre numbers for schools in Nigeria, press the options button and locate the “Find” or “Find in page” button then type the name of the school you did your WAEC. Copy the centre number either on your phone or on a piece of paper.

Click here to see all the WAEC examination centre numbers in Nigeria.

After you have copied the exam centre number down, just add your seat number to it without leaving any space. The seat number is in three digits E.g (006, 035, 412).

Method 2: Locate the School you Wrote your Exam

If you cannot find the name of your school on the list then this method will work for you.

Locate the school where you sat for your WAEC SSCE exam (probably your secondary school) and explain to the principal that you need your WAEC SSCE examination number.

Every secondary school has a master list of candidates who have written examination in their centre. The master list contains the names and examination numbers of each student.

Method 3: Go to WAEC Office

To do this, you need the following;

  1. A sworn affidavit from a court.
  2. A passport photograph.
  3. means of Identification (NIN, International passport, Drivers license).
  4. Subjects you did in the exam (the subjects you can remember).
  5. *Letter of approval (You only need this when you are helping a family member retrieve their result).

WAEC demands these things to prove your identity and that you actually own the result. There are cases where candidates with exact names write exams in the same year.

In order to avoid giving the wrong candidate an examination number, WAEC will scrutinize the information you provide.

Go to a court and do a sworn affidavit for loss of examination number or photo card. Take the affidavit and one passport photograph to any WAEC office.

On getting to the WAEC office, you will be given a form to fill in your name, date of birth, contact and exam details.

You will be charged ₦4,000 for the retrieval service and a compulsory WAEC result checker pin.

Please note that you have to get to the WAEC office before 1 PM, from Mondays to Fridays.

How to Retrieve WAEC GCE Examination Number

For now, WAEC GCE centre numbers are not currently available to the public. To retrieve your WAEC GCE examination number, visit a WAEC office with a passport photograph and affidavit to request for an exam number retrieval service.

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137 Comments

  1. Please have forgotten my pin and serial number, I only remember my examination number how can I get my result.

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      You have to purchase another WAEC result checker scratch card.

  2. Are the waec center number the same every year?

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      Yes, they are.

  3. Abubakar Ibraheem Olalekan says:

    Please I lost my waec card how can I get another one or see my card details
    Although I know everything on the card but I don’t know the pin

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      The pin is only used to check your Exam result. You can purchase a WAEC Result checker pin to check your result.

  4. The name of the school is not listed in All. Please what am I going to do

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      You can use the third method to retrieve your exam number.

  5. john ojoagbane samuel says:

    I remember all my details but I forgot my seat number 📱, please can you help me retrieve? Please

  6. Hi dear, I remember my school, I don’t remember my waec details, and the school has relocated from the previous location to somewhere I don’t know and a new school bought the one I wrote my waec.
    How can you help me

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      Hi Sylvia, you have to go to the school were you wrote the exam even though a new school bought it. If you are not able to retrieve it this way then go to a WAEC office in the state where you wrote the Exam

  7. Please I know my seat number and my school name.. which link can I check

  8. Hassan Ibrahim says:

    Good evening sir. My name is Hassan Ibrahim,I graduated from NMS Zaria but I don’t remember my seat number, can you please help me out [email protected]. 09027488***

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      Visit a WAEC office in Kaduna to retrieve your complete WAEC exam number.

  9. Obinna Samuel Wilson says:

    It was a special center and I can’t remember the name of the school. Is there hope for finding my result?

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      Follow the third method in the article to retrieve your result.

  10. Lateef Mujeeb says:

    Please how can I retrieve my seat number I have my center number and the year number with me please help out 2009

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      You have to follow the third method in the post.

  11. I remember my waec centre number but my seat number I can’t remember, how can I get it and I know the year too

  12. Okoh Chamberling destiny says:

    Please i only remembered my exam center number but i didn’t remember my seat number

  13. Please I couldn’t remember the school and examination details but i remember the year i wrote the GCE exams….will i be able to get it from WAEC office

  14. Alafe Oluwatoyin says:

    Please do you think all these website claiming to have affiliation with WAEC are legit? One is asking me to pay 5k for them to retrieve my result. They’ve already shown me my slip but blocked out the exam number. They said they will reveal it when I make payment. Don’t know if I should send money.

    1. Chris. Akuneme says:

      Few of them are legit.

    2. Please I’m having same problem,what website is it as I am desperately in need of my waec result and I don’t know my examination number but I know my centre number

    3. Chris. Akuneme says:

      You can use the third method in the article to get your WAEC examination number.

    4. I live abroad and I am unable to use the 3rd method

    5. Which obsite that asked you to make such payment please send it to me.

  15. In 1992, the centre number was 5 digits, now the centre number is 7 digits. While checking my 1992 result online, which should I use? The number for 1992 or the 7 digit number you posted here?

    1. Chris. Akuneme says:

      You should use the five digits exam number. You can visit a WAEC office to retrieve the number.

  16. my challenge is that am far away not in Nigeria and lost my GCE and WAEC result i cant remember the exam numbers but i remember the year the exams were written and the location. I have being able to narrow down the center number hopefully they still remain the same from the year i took both exams 94 and 96. My question can i send a proxy(My brother) to WAEC to assist me with retrieving or what do you suggest i do?

    1. Chris. Akuneme says:

      Yes. You can send a proxy. He/she needs an affidavit and a scanned copy of your Identity card.

  17. Please, I forgot my center number and my seat number.
    how can i retrieve it?

  18. Adewoyin taiwo hazanat says:

    please I wrote my weac GCE in 2010 but I have forgot my examination center number and I really need it badly. Please any help

  19. I wrote my GCE 2002 at ilorin. I can’t remember the school, exam number or seat number. What shld I do