Everything You Should Know About NECO

Everything You Should Know About NECO

The National Examinations Council (NECO) is an examination board that conducts the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE), Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) Internal and External for students in Nigeria.

In April 1999, a decree to create the National Examinations Council (NECO) was promulgated by the military administration of Abdulsalami Abubakar.

NECO was established to take over the responsibilities of the National Board for Educational Measurement (NBEM) which was created, in 1992, by the Ibrahim Babangida administration, although its enabling decree was promulgated in 1993.

NECO is a parastatal of the Federal Government of Nigeria under the Ministry of Education.

Everything You Should Know About NECO

Who is the current registrar of NECO?

Professor Charles Uwakwe is the current registrar of NECO.

What examinations do NECO conduct?

NECO conducts the following examination yearly:

  • National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE)
  • Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)
  • Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) Internal and External

What is NECO official website?

NECO official website is www.mynecoexams.com

What are the official phone numbers of NECO?

NECO support lines are:
08069232760, 08052218069, 08052218070, 08126886938, 08126886939, 08189342653, 08189342754

What is NECO email address?

neconigeria@yahoo.com, support@mynecoexams.com

How can i register for NECO?

Registration for NECO Examination is conducted at approved registration centres nationwide. Click here to see list of NECO registration centres in Nigeria.

How can i check my NECO result online?

To check NECO result, visit the official result checker portal. click here to learn the steps in checking NECO result.

Where are NECO offices located?

NECO has offices in all states of the federation and FCT in addition to the head office. Click here to see the location of NECO offices.

What are the Vision Statement of NECO?

  • To Prepare and administer standard and credible nationally and internationally acceptable examinations.
  • To become a major player within the global assessment industry.

What are the Mission Statement of NECO?

  • To ensure that the examinations conducted by NECO are in conformity with the provisions, expectations and yearnings of the National Policy on Education and the National Curriculum.
  • To deliver Examinations whose results are trusted worldwide for their credibility.

NECO Examinations:

Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE)

This is the examination taken by candidates in their last stage of Secondary School Education. The SSCE is in two categories. One is for candidates in the third and final year of their senior secondary education and it is called SSCE Internal while the Second is SSCE External and is for candidates not in the School system, i.e. Private Candidates.


The SSCE internal has seventy-six subjects which are grouped into the following six categories.

Compulsory Cross-Cutting Subjects
Science and Mathematics
Business Studies and

The minimum number of subjects a candidate can sit for is eight while the maximum is nine. All Senior Secondary schools in the Federation present Candidates for the SSCE Internal.


Another core component of the mandate of the Council as espoused in the Enabling law is the conduct of the Senior School Certificate Examination for External Candidates.

Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)

To transit from the ninth year of the basic education class to the senior secondary, the BECE is conducted for candidates in their third year of the Junior Secondary School. While each state of the federation and the FCT conducts the BECE for its candidates, NECO conducts the BECE for Federal Unity Colleges, Armed Forces Secondary Schools and other Federal establishments operating Secondary schools. Private Secondary schools also take part in the NECO BECE provided they are permitted by their State Ministries of Education. Eighteen subjects are administered at the BECE level. A candidate is expected to sit for a minimum of nine subjects and a maximum of ten. A candidate is deemed to have passed the BECE if he/she has passes in six subjects including English and Mathematics.

The grading system is as follows:

A - Distinction
C - Credit
P - Pass
F - Fail

National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE)

This examination is administered to pupils in their 6th year of basic education. The purpose of this examination is to select the best candidates from every state of the federation and the federal Capital territory (FCT) for admission into federal Unity colleges. These Colleges are essentially, Secondary schools owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Their objective is to foster unity amongst the children of NIGERIA. One is held annually. Result of the first examination determines candidates that qualify for a second examination based on cut-off marks for each state. The result of the second examination qualifies candidates for admission based on merit, equal state quota and environment considerations.

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