Difference between WAEC and NABTEB

Many has wondered in the past years the Difference between WAEC and NABTEB, we all know they are well known examination bodies in Nigeria and west Africa at large but what are the differences and similarities between this two bodies and what are their aims and goals.

For those who possess the certificate what are what can they do with them and what are their limitations, which is better will be a topic for another day.

At the end we hope this post will help you understand all you need to know about the two examination bodies and certificates.

Frequently asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I combine my WAEC and NABTEB?

Can I use my NABTEB result to study abroad?

Do all Schools accept NABTEB?

Between WAEC and NABTEB which is better?

Can I get a job with the both certificate?

Can I register for the both exams same year?

For answers to the questions above get to the bottom of the post.

Major Difference between WAEC and NABTEB is WAEC is for candidates who are in normal private, federal and state secondary schools while NABTEB is for candidates who are Technical schools. SSCE for technical students/craftsmen NABTEB.

What is WAEC/Who is WAEC


Established in 1952 the Council has the responsibility of determining examinations required in the public interest in West Africa and to conduct such examinations and to award certificates.

No need for the long write up and grammar lets break it down to the simplest way you can understand it.

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Their work is conduct examinations, senior school certificate examinations SSCE and award certificates to those who partake in the examinations; SSCE is for Candidates who has just completed their secondary school education. Their certificate is essential for candidates who wish to continue their study in the University and want to gain higher education level, also with the certificate you can employed to work in private and government owned  firms but your pay grade will be limited same  goes to your position.

What is NABTEB/Who is NABTEB

FULL MEANING OF WAEC: National Business and Technical Examinations Board

The National Business and Technical Examinations Board was established in 1992 to domesticate craft level examinations which were hitherto conducted by City & Guilds, Pittman’s, and Royal Society of Arts all of UK in accordance with the provisions of the National Policy on Education. Its establishment was the climax of an evolutionary process which spanned 15 years from 1977 to 1992 and in which FOUR Government Panels at different times were set up to review the place and structure of public examinations in our educational system.

Another reason why this board was formed was to reduce the burden of WAEC, their mission to become a Globally Acknowledged Assessment Body for Craftsmen and Technicians.

To cut the long story short NABTEB was is meant for craft men, people who went to technical schools and people who wish to have the certificate for reason best known to them.

Who needs/gets the WAEC certificate.

Candidates who just finished their senior secondary education and wish to further their studies in the university, polytechnics, college of education etc .the O-level certificate can also signify that you have completed your 3 years senior secondary education in a private, federal or state school and can be used  to gain employment.

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Who needs/gets the NABTEB certificate.

Candidates who has completed their senior secondary education in a Technical school and wish to further their studies in the university, polytechnics, college of education etc .the O-level certificate can also signify that you have completed your 3 years senior secondary education in a private, federal or state technical school and can be used  to gain employment.


English Language, Mathematics Biology, Economics, Physics, Book-Keeping, Chemistry, Typewriting, Further Mathematics, Shorthand, Commerce, History, Geography, Literature-in-English, Agricultural Science, Woodwork, Health Science, Auto-Mechanics, Building Construction, Music, Clothing and Textiles, Art, Christian Religious Knowledge, French, Islamic Studies, Physical Education, Arabic Studies, Government, Metal Work, Applied Electricity, Electronics, Foods and Nutrition, Technical Drawing Home Management.


English Language (O01);

Mathematics (O02);

Physics (O04);

Chemistry (O05)

ICT – Information Communication Technology (O08) are compulsory for Technical Candidates while

Economics (O03) and Literature-in-English (O07) are optional for them.

Candidates for the under listed Trades can offer Biology as a trade-related subject, but other technical candidates are not allowed to offer Biology. The trades are:

Catering Craft Practice (34O), Ladies Garment Making (33O), Men’s Garment Making (32O), Cosmetology (31O), Fisheries (20O), Animal Husbandry (18O)

Introduction to Building Construction (211) is a compulsory subject for candidates offering the under listed trades:-

Carpentry and Joinery (22O), Painting and Decorating (25O), Plumbing and Pipefitting (26O), Draughtmanship Craft Practice (27O)

Time of the exams

WAEC is usually twice a year same goes with NABTEB, the may/june examination is for candidates who are still in school while the nov/dec examination is  for external candidates who wish to rewrite the exam.

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HOW to register the exams

The both boards usually advertises entry periods and entry procedures in national newspapers.

In respect of the WASSCE for example, the Council conducts two exams each year; the first in May/June for school candidates and the second in October/November (same for nabteb) for private candidates.

Registration for either May/June or the November/December WASSCE is done through the Internet (online). The May/June exam is for school candidates and all entry formalities are undertaken by the schools presenting candidates.

In the case of the private candidates’ examination, entry is on an individual basis. A prospective candidate purchases the entry scratch card which enables him/her to complete the entry form on the Council’s registration website-www.waeconline.org.ng.

A registered candidate subsequently prints out from the website the identification photo card, which contains vital information about the candidate’s centre name, location, number and the subjects entered for. The examination timetable and subject syllabuses are also made available to prospective candidates on the website.

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113 thoughts on “Difference between WAEC and NABTEB

  1. in UNN, someone told me they don’t accept nabteb result unless u av credit in all ur subjects, that’s when they would accept it. pls is this tru, I want to choose the uni, should I still put in the school as my choice? hoping they would accept the result like that. because its only my chemistry and T.D that’s affected, I got a pass in those two subjects, but the rest are okay and I want to study computer science, pls I need a reply

  2. Your Comment Here…sir please, i got f in my english in advance nabteb. Can i combine two nabteb certificates if i resit for the nabteb exam again? for english?

  3. Your Comment Here…good day.Can I use p7 in chemistry to study animal science and also,will OAU accept NABTEB and WAEC combination?

  4. Your Comment Here…good day.Can I use p7 in chemistry to study animal science and also,will OAU accept NABTEB and WAEC combination?

  5. Good day sir/ma… Am a graduate of internation relation but the problem is that I have D7 in maths and some how it has often being used against me in most F.G jobs that I have applied for, such as the nigeria police , nigeria army short service commission e.t.c.. So I will like to know which of the nabteb I should put in for , when is the registration commencing and closing for 2017 , how many subjects do I need to enroll for , were will I get the pin , the price and how long does it take for the result to be released…. Pls reply ASAP… Thanks

  6. Sir, if l finished my university or polytechnic education in Nigeria with Nabteb and neco result and l want to go for ny master abroad, is it possible?

  7. Your Comment Here…pls can it be possible for me to use my waec resual which i did art an in my NABTEB i did social science will it be any need for me to use both the two results and enter sch? because in my waec i dont hv math an wat if in my NABTEB i got the math an fail English which i got in my waec??

  8. Your Comment Here…hello
    pls i have my waec,do i still need to have befor i go for enrollment in any university in nigeria?

  9. I hv nabteb and my question is,can i use it to study engineering course in any school of my choice.
    secondly:is there any other exam u will take from d school u wish to enter.

  10. Good day Sir. Please I applied for Accounting. In my waec I have b3 in my economics buh my nabteb is p7 please sir can I combine the both to secure admission in Aaua?


  12. Your Comment Here…good dey sir, I wanna register for nabteb and I need guid line on how to get registerd.thankz

  13. hello admin I want to study computer science and am a art student .. please which exam can I do that will be suitable for me to enter university here in Nigeria …

  14. please sir, can I combine my NECO 2015 result with NABTEB 2013 result to study computer science? because i didn’t credit physics in my NECO and I have it in my NABTEB 2013

  15. I noticed that the question on the possibility of studying in Technical/Polytechnics is Canada/USA with NABTEB was ignored. I need to confirm if it is possible. I wont mind contacting you on this if possible.

    I await your response.

  16. Your Comment Here…pls sir can I use my nabteb result to study s.l.t.(science laboratory technology) in university

  17. Good morning sir,I wrote nabteb exam in 2008 but I haven’t receive the original certificate. How can I get it? and can I use it to study in uk?

  18. Good day sir. I wrote nabteb since 2008 and am yet to get the original certificate. how can I get it? can I also use it in uk for further studies?

  19. Your Comment Here…pls can I study in Malaysia with nabteb result I got 8credit both maths and English and my trade subject accept general mantel, pls I need an answer now

    1. no collins they are not the same….advance NABTEB is internal for people still in school, GCE NABTEB is external for people who are out of school maybe looking for one course or the other.

  20. Pls which one is more prefferable to study in nigeria nd in all over d world among weac nd nabteb? 2ngly; can I conbim uncompled nabteb result wit waec result? Nd if it cn b conbim, cn it also workout like that in abroad?

  21. Pls I have nabtec o’ level can i do jamb with it too enter any university in Nigeria such as uni Ilorin e.t.c

  22. My name suppose to go like this: Echefu Chinaka Patrick, but when i obtained my NABTEB photo card, its being writing as Echefu Patrick Chinaka and i used it like that, on want to combine it with my WAEC. Can i be able to combine it like this or to commend it?

  23. I wrote NABTEB Exam in 2003 and am yet to get my Certificate. Please how do I get the Certificate.

    Thank You

  24. I got pass in my nabteb result and my economics is showing Abs.and i want to study accounting cant i merge my waec result for those defficiency.

  25. please, I was deprived of a job opportunity because of my NABTEB result, please is NABTEB not an O ‘ level?

    please I need an urgent answer now.

  26. please admin I got a CRE in my literature, I don’t know what it means and I really need that subject in other for me not to be withdrawn from school this year please help me out. nov/dec 2014 exams.

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