How WAEC Results Are Graded and Marked 2020

WAEC Grading system and how the examination sheet is marked are what I want to reveal in this article. I know that many candidates who want to write 2020 WASSCE are eager to understand how the examiners is going to mark and grade their scores.

The truth is that you must do well in all the sections the subjects you are writing are divided into. Also you may need to consult your various subject teachers if they are examiner to explain the WAEC marking scheme to you.

Therefore, I have decided to shed light on it before you see your WAEC result.

WAEC Grading System

  • 75 – 100 (%) – A1
  • 70 – 74 (%) – B2
  • 65 – 69 (%) – B3
  • 60 – 64 (%) – C4
  • 55 – 59 (%) – C5
  • 50 – 54 (%) – C6
  • 45 – 49 (%) – D7
  • 40 – 44 (%) – E8
  • 0 – 39 (%) – F9

From the grading system above, a candidate must score 75% and above to have A in any subject. Additionally, to score A, you must know how WAEC is going to mark your exam booklet.

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How the WAEC examination sheet is marked

Every subject has its marking scheme, and it is this guide the examiners used to arrive at the grade you see in your WASSCE result. For the sake of this article, I will explain how Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology are marked.


A candidate asked – will I pass if I answered 3 out of 5 questions in WAEC mathematics theory?

SSCE mathematics comprises of 50 objective and 13 theory questions. The theory questions are divided into part I and Part II.

You are to answer ten questions in mathematics theory; all the questions in Part I and  five questions in Part II.

The objective questions take 40% of the total mark while the theory makes the remaining 60%. Therefore, for you to score A, you must answer 40 correct questions in the objective and at least 8 in theory.

Read: 5 steps to get good mark in Maths

Physics, Chemistry, and Biology

To pass WAEC Chemistry, Physics and Biology are easy if you understand what I am about to explain. These three subjects have practical, objective, and theory section.

The practical section takes 35% of the mark, the 50 objective questions take 25%, and the theory makes the remaining 40%. So it means that if you want to pass these subjects, you must do the theory, the practical, and objective well in that order.

English Language

There are 160 objective questions (oral English included) and the theory (comprehension, essay writing).

  • The objective section – 40%
  • The theory section – 60%

Bolarinwa Olajire

An associate lecturer at MAPOLY with demonstrated history of working in the education industry. Skilled in analytical skills, C++, Fortran, and Entrepreneurship. Strong education professional with a M. SC focused in condensed matter from University of Ibadan and PhD student at FUNAAB.


  1. Kelechi kalu says:

    Thanks sir, this helped me.

  2. If a student answers 2 in theory does 40 correctly in objective what could be his or her final grade

  3. Archangel says:

    If you answered 6 questions correctly in theory and answered 30 correctly in objectives…what is ur chances please

    1. Bolarinwa Olajire says:

      Out of the 6 questions in theory, how many do you answer in section A and B?

      1. Archangel says:

        All on section A and 1 and half in section B sir

  4. Orusa prince ebipere says:

    How will they gave mark when don’t complete your letter or essay

  5. Buchi Uche says:

    Sir do examiner divide the WASSCE further mathematics objective questions

      1. If you answer 3 and half in WAEC theory and 30 in objective can you get C6.

        1. Bolarinwa Olajire says:

          Which of the subjects?

          1. Adetule Adenike says:


        2. How many Mark’s is maths obj and how many Mark’s is fisheries and chemistry theory?

          1. And their practicals too

    1. Ukwumonu solomon mark says:


  6. can i have credit in english if i dont attempt essay

  7. Isife Michael Chinonso says:


  8. can i have credit in english without writing essay

  9. Sammy king says:

    I am sure to have an A&B in maths, english, and chem.
    Because I just understood how the exams are been marked.

  10. At
    if someone do 3 in maths theory, which in part 1, the person did 2 and part 2 , the person did 1
    while in obj the person did 47 correctly.
    can the person still have credit???

  11. How can I get my waec result

  12. If some answer only 4 questions at the theory part of in mathematics how guaranteed is the person allow to pass

  13. Sir I attend in mathematics of neco 1a Roma figure 1,2and failed dsame 1b or I fail Roma figure 1.but get the Roma figure 2 and the 1B of dsame qst in theory, how do neco award mark on this

  14. Defintely No, Since Essay Comprises Of 60% So Not Doing The Essay Then You Will Lose 60% And There Is No Guarantee That You Can Get All The Objectives
    So I Advice You Not To Take That Decision

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