Can I Write Just 5, 6 or 7 Subjects in WAEC Instead of 9?

Re: Can I juts write 5, 6 or 7 subjects in WAEC instead of 9?
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Number of Subjects/Papers you Can Register in WAEC

The officially accepted minimum number of subjects a student can register in WAEC is 8 while the maximum is 9.

However, English Language and Mathematics have been automatically selected for you because they are compulsory. You are required to select the other subjects or papers you wish to register for in this examination.

NOTE: In WAEC GCE (private candidates), you can sit for a minimum of seven (7) and a maximum of Nine (9) subjects/papers are allowed (English Language and Mathematics inclusive).

But I Saw a Certificate with Just 5 Subjects/Papers on it.


This is because the candidate’s passed only five subjects.

In other words, WAEC will not display subjects with F9 on the certificate issued. If you pass 3, only that will be on your certificate or original result.

But I only need five Subjects/Papers to Gain Admission.

That’s true too.

Yet, you have to register at least 8.

You can be absent from those you don’t want/need. Then, they will record “Absent” (ABS) for you there.


Registering and sitting for are not the same thing. You can register 9 subjects and write only 5, no offense about that. Just be expecting the 5 subjects when your results are released. And if the five subjects are the core subjects to your proposed course in university, polytechnic or college of education, you have nothing to fear.
However, the school you’re writing the exam at will require you to register for at least 8 subjects and if it’s WAEC GCE, NECO GCE, or NABTEB GCE, you can go for as less as 7 subjects. If you prefer, be present for the five needed for your admssion.

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