If you are a West African and literate, you definitely have heard of WAEC but do you know what it means beyond the fact that it organizes examination for senior secondary school students? If not, WAEC stands for West African Examination Council. WAEC has been around for several years, conducting large scale assessment of senior secondary school students and other external candidates across West African countries.
WAEC Examination Number
Your WAEC examination number is a very important number. It stands for your identity with the West African Examination Council. It is usually given to examination candidates after successful registration of the WAEC exams they want to sit for. The examination number shows and records the academic details of a candidate on the WAEC website.
Your WAEC examination number is a fusion of two groups of numbers, namely, your WAEC center number and your seat number. The center number is the first seven numbers of your WAEC examination number, which is followed by your seat number (also known as candidate number) as the last three numbers.
It must be noted that there is no way you can check your WAEC examination results without your examination number.
If you have lost or forgotten your WAEC examination number, there is no need to panic because it can be retrieved. There are different ways and methods it can be retrieved.
1) Retrieval By Court Affidavit: You can go to a court of law to swear an affidavit for the loss of your examination number. In fact, you can also use this process for the loss of any other related WAEC document like WAEC certificate or photo card. Next, you proceed to any WAEC office with the affidavit for the retrieval of your WAEC examination number. At the WAEC office, you will be asked to submit passport photographs too (usually in white or red background).
Affidavit payment may depend on the type of court and the purpose of your affidavit, but it is very affordable. You also need to pay retrieval fees at the WAEC office and buy result checker card too for checking your results.
2) Retrieval By Proxy: If you want another person to retrieve your examination number for you, if for some reasons you cannot, especially if you are outside the country, there is a process you can follow too. First, you must swear an affidavit like in number 1 above. However, your affidavit must be in a proxy pattern and it must be noted on the affidavit too. Next, the proxy should proceed to the WAEC office with the sworn affidavit, passport photographs (of the proxy, and the person on whose behalf he wants to collect the examination number), letter of authority, from you to the WAEC body stating that you have given authority to the proxy to collect your examination number (usually addressed to The Manager, Customer Service Center, WAEC, State and country), photocopy of international passports and ID cards.
3) Retrieval By School Name And Seat Number: If you have any Internet enabled device, simply search for WAEC center numbers in Nigeria and only click on a reliable source. Click on the ‘find’ or ‘search’ page on the site, type in the name of your school or center you had your exams and search. Copy the center number of your school/center and add your seat number. Note that you must not leave spaces between these numbers.
4) Retrieval Through Schools And Centres: Usually, schools have records of students who have written WAEC examination. Thus, you can equally go to the school you wrote your exams and politely request for your examination number.
5) There are also blogs or websites online that can be used for retrieval. However, make sure they are trusted and rated accordingly to avoid being scammed.
Now that you have this information at your fingertips, you need not panic if you lose your examination number because it can be retrieved. But of course, it is better not to lose it at all.