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WAEC BECE New Grading System 2021: How To Calculate Results

The Basic Education Certificate Examination which takes place normally in June every year has to be rescheduled because of the pandemic. The 2021 examination is set to last for five days starting from Monday, November 15th to Friday 19th November 2021.

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After this, the results are expected to be released 45 days or more after the last paper. Hence, the need for students to know how they are grade and the grading system. In this article, we covered the grading system, to calculate results and how they are grade with interpretation.

The BECE grading system is used to grade students based on their academic performance. Both the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Senior High School (SHS) prospective students take this examination seriously.

The BECE grading system plays a vital role in knowing the quality of BECE results as well as students’ placement.

How to Calculate BECE Results for School Placement

For all candidates who wrote the BECE exams and are eagerly waiting for their results. It is not uncommon to ask questions such as, how am I going to calculate my results.

The BECE exam is one of the most important examinations in Ghana’s education system. To help your performance and confidence, it is important to understand the WAEC grading system and the procedure used by the examination body to calculate BECE results.

The idea is that students should make a conscious effort that will give them access to reputable senior high schools in the country.

We are going to show you a step-by-step guide on how to calculate BECE results.

  • Marking using the marking scheme is the first step when computing BECE results. From the marking process, you get to know the wrong and right answers per subject.
  • Count the number of correct answers and note them down.
  • Divide the correct answers by the total number of questions asked.
  • The quotient should be in decimal points or a fraction.
  • Multiply the quotient by 100% to get a percentage.¬† Note: This calculation is done on the individual subject.
  • With the percentage in hand, pull out the grading table as prepared using the stanine method or the new flexible 9-scale criterion-referenced grading system and match your raw score, i.e., 60% to the marks on the chart.
  • Once you have identified its rightful place, you will be able to know its corresponding grade, following the 1 to 9 grading strategy.
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BECE Marks and Grades with Their Interpretation

Below are marks and their grades in BECE.

  • 90-100 is graded as 1, GRADE AA+. It is the¬†HIGHEST¬†grade in the grading system.
  • 80-89, the second category in this classification is graded as 2, GRADE A. it is denoted as¬†HIGHER.
  • 70-79, is grade 3, a B+ and is described as¬†HIGH.
  • 60 -69 is grade 4, GRADE B, described as¬†HIGH AVERAGE.
  • 55 ‚Äď 60 is GRADE C+, classified as 5 and described as¬†AVERAGE.
  • LOW AVERAGE¬†is a description of marks falling between 50-54 and GRADE C; number 6 in the grading system.
  • Any mark ranging between 40-49 is considered as GRADE D+ and number 7; described as¬†LOW
  • 35-39 is GRADE E which is number 8, described as¬†LOWER¬†in the Stanine grading system.
  • GRADE F, 9 characterized by 9 is the¬†LOWEST¬†grade, which falls between 0-34.

How to calculate the BECE Results

The BECE results are calculated using the 6 best subjects from your results. These include the 3 best core subjects (Maths, English, Inter-Science, and  Social) with maths and English are a must among the core subjects. You can select from science and social the one which is best for the calculation.

Eg. Assuming a student has the below results in his or her BECE exams;


ENGLISH LANGUAGE                                                  1                                   HIGHEST
SOCIAL STUDIES                                                           2                                   HIGHER
REL.& MORAL EDUC.                                                   3                                   HIGH
MATHEMATICS                                                              1                                   HIGHEST
INTEGRATED SCIENCE                                               2                                  HIGHER
INFO. & COMM.TECH.                                                 1                                   HIGHEST
FRENCH                                                                           2                                  HIGHER
B.D.T./HOME ECONS.                                                 2                                  HIGHER

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Here, to obtain your grade, you will take the first best core ( English, Mathematics, and Integrated Science) => 1+1+2 = 4

Now Look through your results and get 3 best elective subjects ( Info. & Comm. Tech, B.D.T, and Frech) => 1+2+2 = 5

=> 1+1+2+1+2+2 = 9

In this case, the candidate has obtained an aggregate 9 in the above results.

The better your BECE grade the greater your chances of getting placed into the school of your choice. The GES uses the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) to place students into different schools across the country.

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  1. Dennis Adjetey says

    Why isn’t languages included

  2. Frederick says

    I need BECE Questions

  3. Theophilus says

    I’m a Liberian but have been attending in Sierra Leone throughout until I sat my BECE in form three and pass the BECE EXAMINATION. Now I want to continue my Senior secondary yeaes in Ghana. But I want to know if I would be accepted to enroll with out any disturbance, and if I won’t be ask to repeat foem three 3 ther. Please I need an aswere very urgent.

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