NECO examination


The National Examination Council (also known as NECO) is an examination body in Nigeria that conducts the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination and the General Certificate in Education in June/July and November/December respectively.

NECO was created by former Head of State Abdulsalami Abubakar in April 1999.[1] It was the first Federal organization to offer subsidized registration to academic candidates in Nigeria.

NECO was mandated to take over the responsibilities of the National Board of Education Measurement (NBEM). Its maiden examination took place in mid-2000.

Nigeria offers six years of basic education, three years of junior secondary education, three years of senior secondary education, and four years of tertiary education.

Mathematics and English language are compulsory though Mathematics may not be required for some courses in higher institutions.

Junior Secondary Certificate Examination (JSCE)

Junior Secondary Certificate exams are intended for candidates in the 3rd year of their junior secondary education in Federal Unity College and other Federal secondary schools. Private secondary schools also take part in JSCE. In state secondary schools, JSCE examinations are conducted by the state government.

National Common Entrance Examination

The National Common Entrance Examination is administered to pupils in their 6th year of basic education for admission into Federal Unity Colleges. Two examinations are held annually.

Structure of the Examination

The National Common Entrance Examination Questions consist of the


Part A – Mathematics and General Science Part B – English and Social

Part A – Quantitative and Vocational Aptitude

Part B – Verbal Aptitude