WAEC 2022 Marking Scheme for All Subjects

WAEC 2022 Marking Scheme for All Subjects: How Waec Mark Students

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Knowing how WAEC Marks their papers is very important as it gives you a clue as to how to answer the questions. It will also help clear your mind from any daubt when the results are released.

In this article, we’ll show you how the West African Examination Council (WAEC) English language paper is being marked. That’s not all, we’ll show you the different sections of the exams and what it entails.

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WAEC English Language Marking Scheme

The WAEC English Language exams comprise three sections – Papers 1, 2, and 3, all of which must be taken. Papers 1 and 2 will be combined in a composite paper to be taken in one sitting.

PAPER 1: This Will consist of eighty multiple-choice questions, all of which should be answered within 1 hour for 80 marks.

PAPER 2: Will consist of five essay topics and a passage each to test candidates’ comprehension and summary skills. Candidates will be expected to write an essay on one of the topics and answer all the questions on Comprehension and Summary passages. The paper will last 2 hours and carry 100 marks.

PAPER 3: Will consist of sixty multiple-choice items on Test of Orals for candidates in Nigeria and Liberia, and on Listening Comprehension for candidates in Ghana, The Gambia, and Sierra Leone. All the questions will be answered in 45 minutes for 60 marks.

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How is WAEC Graded?

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) grades based on percentage. Under the new WAEC grading system

, the letters A to F are used to indicate how good a result is.

A1 = Excellent = 75% – 100% score
B2 = Very good =70% – 74% score
B3 = Good =65%- 69%
C4 =Credit =60% – 64%
C5 =Credit =55% – 59%
C6 =Credit =50% – 54%
D7 =Pass =45% – 49%
E8 =Pass =40% – 45%
F9 =Failure =0% – 44%


To score an A in the English Language, you need to have a minimum score of 75% on the Exam. This means you need to score at least 75 percent across all three parts of the examination.

The greater your score the higher your grade. This explains how you are being graded in the English Exams.

How Percentage Is Calculated

To determine the grade and percentage of candidates, all the scores across the three sections are added together. The sum is divided by the total score and multiplied by 100%.

Total Score Gotten x 100
Total Score Available 1

Example: Assuming the total available score is 240 and I was able to score 60 in part 1, 70 in part 2, and 40 in part 3. That will sum up to 170. To calculate the percentage score?

(170÷240) x 100% = 70.83% = B2

NOTE: This is just an assumption score.

I believe this serves its purpose of understanding how the WAEC English Language is being marked.

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