2023 WAEC GCE Timetable for 2nd Series

The General Certificate Examination (GCE) or WAEC GCE has released the 2023 WAEC GCE November to December Examination timetable. 2023 WAEC GCE exam will officially commence on Friday 27th October 2023 and will conclude on Wednesday 20th December 2023.

This is to inform you that the General Certificate Examination (GCE) or WAEC GCE has released the official 2023/2024 WAEC GCE Examination timetable which is available online for Candidates who registered for the 2023 WAEC GCE Examination.

General Certificate Examination (GCE) or WAEC GCE Private School Certificate Examination external will commence on Friday 27th October 2023 and to conclude on Wednesday 20th December 2023.

All candidates sitting for the 2023 WAEC GCE Examination commencing on Friday 27th October 2023 are advised, to read and study hard and become well-prepared for the Examination.

What is WAEC GCE

WASSCE for Private Candidates (Jan/Feb and Nov/Dec), also known as General Certificate Examination (GCE) or WAEC GCE, is a private examination and uniforms are not required, but biometric registration is compulsory as in the former.

This examination is offered during early spring (known as the first series) or autumn (known as the second series), and it is usually taken by secondary school leavers who want to correct deficiencies in their results. The results are available by March or December, usually 45 days after the last paper has been written.

Under the WAEC GCE Marking and Grading Scheme, the letters A to F are used to indicate how good a result is (while the numbers 1-9 are only used to rank the grades). In other words, To get an A1 in a subject, WASSCE Mathematics for example, you need to score at least 75%. Doing so would mean you were able to get 75 questions correctly out of 100.

What is the full meaning of GCE?

The General Certificate of Education (GCE) is a subject-specific family of academic qualifications used in awarding bodies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Crown dependencies and a few Commonwealth countries.

Which day is 2023 WAEC GCE starting?

This is to inform the general public that the WAEC GCE Exam is expected to commence on 27th October, 2023 and end on December 20th, 2023. All candidates who have registered for the 2023 second series WAEC GCE exam are to note that the exam has been scheduled to hold as contained in the timetable.

Is GCE exam hard?

The WAEC GCE is seen as a more difficult test than the WASSCE. One thing to keep in mind is that both tests can help you in the same way. The original goal of GCE was to help people get a certificate of education after they left school.

Can WAEC GCE be used for admission?

Yes, Nigerian colleges do use WAEC GCE results for admission. Some institutions may have specific requirements for admission, such as minimum grades or a certain number of WAEC GCE credits, so it is important to check the requirements of each college before applying.

Is WAEC GCE an A level Exam?

What is the difference between GCE and WAEC. First, GCE means General Certificate of Education while WAEC means West African Examination Council. GCE is also called an A'level while WAEC SSCE is an O'level.

What is GCE exam used for?

G.C.E. - the abbreviation for the General Certificate of Education – is a British academic diploma, internationally recognized, valid for an unlimited period and accepted as evidence of academic ability for admission to Universities, Colleges and many other academic Institutions.

Is GCE accepted in Nigeria?

Yes, Nigerian colleges do use WAEC GCE results for admission. Some institutions may have specific requirements for admission, such as minimum grades or a certain number of WAEC GCE credits, so it is important to check the requirements of each college before applying.

Is GCE a qualification?

The General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level, or A Level, is a main school leaving qualification in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. It is available as an alternative qualification in other countries.

Can I use GCE for JAMB?

Yes, you can use your GCE results alongside your WAEC results for JAMB registration. In fact, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) accepts a combination of both WAEC and GCE results for admission into Nigerian universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education.

WAEC GCE has urge all candidates to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the conduct of the examination.

WAEC GCE 2023 Examination Date

The West African Senior School Certificate Examination 2023 WAEC GCE November/December second series has been schedule to commence on Friday 27th October 2023 and will conclude on Wednesday 20th December 2023.

Friday, 27th October

9:30am – 10:30am: Foods and Nutrition 3 (Practical) Planning Session

10:30am – 11:30am: Home Management 3 (Practical) Planning Session

Monday, 6th to Friday, 17th November – Time for papers will be arranged by the Council

Arabic 3 (Oral)

Music 3B (Performance Test)

French 3 (Oral)

Clothing and Textiles 3 (Practical)

Foods and Nutrition 3 (Practical)

Home Management 3 (Practical)

Wednesday, 15th November

9:30am – 12noon: Building Construction 3 (Building Drawing and Essay)

9:30am – 12noon: Financial Accounting 2 (Theory and Practice)

12noon – 1:00pm: Financial Accounting 1 (Objective)

2:00pm – 4:00pm: Government 2 (Essay)

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Government 1 (Objective)

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Basic Electronics 2 (Essay)

3:00pm – 4:00pm: Basic Electronics 1 (Objective)

Thursday, 16th November

9:30am – 11:30am: Hausa 2 (Essay)

11:30am – 12:30pm: Hausa 1 (Objective)

9:30am – 11:30am: Igbo 2 (Essay)

11:30am – 12:30pm: Igbo 1 (Objective)

9:30am – 11:30am: Yoruba 2 (Essay)

11:30am – 12:30pm: Yoruba 1 (Objective)

Friday, 17th November

9:30am – 10:30am: Home Management 2 (Essay)

10:30am – 11:30am: Home Management 1 (Objective)

9:30am – 12:30pm: Basic Electronics 3 (Practical, 1st Set)

1:00pm – 4:00pm: Basic Electronics 3 (Practical, 2nd Set)

3:30pm – 5:00pm: Agricultural Science 3 (Alternative to Practical Work)

Saturday, 18th November

9:30am – 11:30am: Civic Education 2 (Essay)

11:30am – 12:30pm: Civic Education 1 (Objective)

Tuesday, 21st November

9:30am – 11:15am: Health Education 3 (Alternative to Practical Work)

2:00pm – 4:00pm: Physical Education 3 (Theory of Practice)

Wednesday, 22nd November

9:30am – 12:15pm: Technical Drawing 3 (Sketches, Building, and Mechanical Drawing)

2:30pm – 4:15pm: Technical Drawing 2 (Essay)

4:15pm – 5:15pm: Technical Drawing 1 (Objective)

Thursday, 23rd November

2:00pm – 3:15pm: Foods and Nutrition 2 (Essay)

3:15pm – 4:15pm: Foods and Nutrition 1 (Objective)

Friday, 24th November

9:30am – 12:30pm: Woodwork 3 (Practical, 1st Set)

1:00pm – 4:00pm: Woodwork 3 (Practical, 2nd Set)

Saturday, 25th November

9:30am – 12noon: General Mathematics 2 (Essay)

2:00pm – 3:30pm: General Mathematics 1 (Objective)

Monday, 27th November

9:30am – 10:30am: Building Construction 2 (Essay)

10:30am – 11:15am: Building Construction 1 (Objective)

2:00pm – 4:00pm: Visual Art 2 (Essay)

4:00pm – 4:50pm: Visual Art 1 (Objective)

Tuesday, 28th November

9:30am – 10:45am: Literature-In-English 2 (Prose)

10:45am – 11:45am: Literature-In-English 1 (Objective)

12noon – 1:00pm: Basic Electricity 2 (Essay)

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Basic Electricity 1 (Objective)

2:00pm – 4:20pm: Woodwork 2 (Essay and Design)

4:20pm – 5:00pm: Woodwork 1 (Objective)

Wednesday, 29th November

9:30am – 11:30am: Christian Religious Studies 2 (Essay)

11:30am – 12:30pm: Christian Religious Studies 1 (Objective)

9:30am – 11:30am: Islamic Studies 2 (Essay)

11:30am – 12:20pm: Islamic Studies 1 (Objective)

2:00pm – 4:00pm: Arabic 2 (Essay)

4:00pm – 4:50pm: Arabic 1 (Objective)

Thursday, 30th November, 2023

9:30am – 11:00am: Auto Mechanics 2 (Essay)

11:00am – 12:00noon: Auto Mechanics 1 (Objective)

2:00pm – 4:30pm: Literature-In-English 3 (Drama & Poetry)

Friday, 1st December, 2023

9:30am – 11:40am: Agricultural Science 2 (Essay)

11:40am – 12:30pm: Agricultural Science 1 (Objective)

3:30pm – 4:50pm: Physical Education 2 (Essay)

4:50pm – 5:40pm: Physical Education 1 (Objective)

Saturday, 2nd December, 2023

9:30am – 11:30am: Economics 2 (Essay)

11:30am – 12:30pm: Economics 1 (Objective)

2:00pm – 5:00pm: Visual Art 3A (Drawing)

Monday, 4th December, 2023

9:30am – 11:30am: Music 2 (Essay)

11:30am – 12:30pm: Music 1 (Objective)

9:30am – 12:30pm: Basic Electricity 3 (Practical) 1st Set

1:00pm – 4:00pm: Basic Electricity 3 (Practical) 2nd Set

Tuesday, 5th December, 2023

9:30am – 11:30am: History 2 (Essay)

11:30am – 12:30pm: History 1 (Objective)

2:00pm – 4:00pm: Commerce 2 (Essay)

4:00pm – 4:50pm: Commerce 1 (Objective)

Wednesday, 6th December, 2023

9:30am – 11:30am: Geography 2 (Essay)

11:30am – 12:30pm: Geography 1 (Objective)

2:30pm – 4:20pm: Geography 3 (Practical and Physical Geography)

Thursday, 7th December, 2023

9:30am – 11:00am: Physics 2 (Essay)

11:00am – 12:15pm: Physics 1 (Objective)

2:00pm – 4:45pm: Physics 3 (Alternative to Practical Work)

Friday, 8th December, 2023

9:30am – 11:10am: Biology 2 (Essay)

11:10am – 12:00noon: Biology 1 (Objective)

4:00pm – 6:00pm: Biology 3 (Alternative to Practical Work)

Saturday, 9th December, 2023

9:30am – 11:30am: English Language 2 (Essay)

11:30am – 12:30pm: English Language 1 (Objective)

2:00pm – 2:45pm: English Language 3 (Test of Orals)

Monday, 11th December, 2023

9:30am – 11:30am: Auto Mechanics 3 (Practical) 1st Set

12:00noon – 2:00pm: Auto Mechanics 3 (Practical) 2nd Set

Tuesday, 12th December, 2023

9:30am – 11:30am: Chemistry 2 (Essay)

11:30am – 12:30pm: Chemistry 1 (Objective)

2:00pm – 3:30pm: Chemistry 3 (Alternative to Practical Work)

Wednesday, 13th December, 2023

9:30am – 12:00noon: Further Mathematics 2 (Essay)

2:30pm – 4:00pm: Further Mathematics 1 (Objective)

4:30pm – 5:15pm: Music 3A (Aural)

Thursday, 14th December, 2023

9:30am – 12:30pm: Visual Art 3B (Creative Design)

2:00pm – 3:30pm: Metalwork 2 (Essay)

3:30pm – 4:30pm: Metalwork 1 (Objective)

2:00pm – 3:30pm: Clothing and Textiles 2 (Essay)

3:30pm – 4:30pm: Clothing and Textiles 1 (Objective)

Friday, 15th December, 2023

9:30am – 10:45am: French 2 (Essay)

10:45am – 11:45am: French 1 (Objective)

3:30pm – 5:00pm: Health Education 2 (Essay)

5:00pm – 6:00pm: Health Education 1 (Objective)

Wednesday, 20th December, 2023

9:30am – 12:40pm: Metalwork 3 (Practical) 1st Set

1:00pm – 4:10pm: Metalwork 3 (Practical) 2nd Set

Special Provisions and Annotations

Time Discrepancies

In instances where there is a variance between the duration specified on the question paper and that on the timetable, candidates should adhere to the time duration outlined on the question paper.

Advance Question Papers

For Visual Art 3, Paper 3A and Paper 3B, instructions and question papers will be given to supervisors and candidates respectively two weeks prior to the examination date.

Concession for Candidates with Special Needs

Candidates requiring special accommodations are entitled to receive 1.5 times the regular duration allotted to their peers for the completion of the examination.


This article serves as a comprehensive guide for candidates preparing for the 2023 WAEC GCE. Timely acquaintance with the timetable facilitates optimal exam preparation, thereby increasing the prospects of achieving laudable scores. Given the high stakes of this examination, prudence in planning cannot be overstated.

Follow the link below to download the PDF version of the WAEC GCE Timetable. Download WAEC GCE Timetable (PDF 148KB)

Remember: For the most accurate information, always refer to the official 2023 WAEC GCE PDF timetable. Here’s wishing every examinee the very best in their academic pursuit. May your efforts yield outstanding results.


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