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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  1. Yusuf Abdulrahman says:

    Thanks for all the information may God reward all good deeds

  2. My serial number is nine digit so I can’t check my results

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      Please note that your serial number is different from your examination number.

    2. Opoku Augustine Okyere says:

      How can I check my serial numbers

  3. Pls I misplaced my 2021 waec identity smart card , but I know my seat number and exam number. Pls how do I retrieve it cos I need it for my admission dat is on going now. Thanks.

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      Your examination number is a combination of your school centre number and seat number. Follow the instructions in the article to retrieve your exam number.

  4. I need your service for WAEC Number retrieval . But no details to contact anyone for follow up after payment is done online. i need to confirm the Genuity of the transaction am making

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      You can reach out to us through the phone number on our contact page.

  5. Onyeka Ruth says:

    I stay in Lagos but wrote my waec GCE at delta state.(onicha ugbo pricisely) please can you help me retrieve my seat number and examination number?

  6. ibrahim Alimat says:

    I remember my exam number but did not no my seat number what can I do

  7. Please I don’t know if it’s possible to regain my exam and seat number of 2010/2011…I need to use it to check my result..please help..

  8. I am not clear with the article. After getting the centre number and serial number then what next?
    I am very far from were I wrote my waec and I need my exam number asap

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      For WAEC SSCE, just add the seat number at the front of the centre number making it a total of ten digits.

  9. Olorundare Olasunkanmi Odunayo says:

    Please i don’t remember my examination number( my centre number and also my seat number) please what can i do? Thanks!

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      Kindly read the article to see how to retrieve your exam number.

    2. Nicholas awajimijana Nnana says:

      I have gotten my Waec exam number

    3. Pls how did u get it back